Upgrading Your Writing Skills

March 19, 2018

Regardless of how long you've been writing, there may come a time that you need to "upgrade" your skills. This is a good thing, as these moments will happen from time to time. Whether you are naturally talented at writing or starting from scratch, you will more than likely require additional training. Even well-known authors have editors!


If you are a freelance writer searching for a book deal, self-publishing, or have a list of private clients, you will probably face the difficult task of improving your skills in order to increase your chances of success. Here are a few free online institutions that will assist you with bettering your writing skills. They will assist you with ameliorating the quality of your work and provide the confidence to ask for better prices; thereby, increasing your income. The course that suits you best will depend upon what you need to upgrade your writing skills.. Here are a few programs to get you started:


Tricky English Grammar

via University of California, Irvine

Learning English can be tricky, and in this class you’ll focus on some of those tricky issues. You’ll get clear explanations about the difficult grammar points and practice in using them correctly.


Creative Writing:The Craft of Plot

via Wesleyan University
In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires.


Adventures in Writing

Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx
Welcome to Adventures in Writing, a series of graphic-novel style learning modules designed to help you learn more about and practice a range of effective written communication skills. You’ll immerse yourself in the adventures of Maya and Chris, using each module’s interactive exercises to apply what you’ve learned.


The above information was taken from the site Class Central. Click on the link to find additional opportunities.


English Writing and Composition

Arizona State University

This college-level introductory writing course will help you gain a solid foundation of English grammar and writing skills. Learn critical language and communication skills while completing challenging writing projects in a supportive environment. This is an excellent course for high school students interested in getting a head start on college English composition.


English for Journalists: Free Speech and Media Trends

UC BerkeleyX

Part two of English for Journalists focuses on writing styles and techniques for different news categories like sports, science & technology and humor. Learn about free speech, and media trends and gain an understanding of the issues facing journalists globally.


The above information was taken from the site Edx.org. Click on the link to find additional opportunities.


**Check again at a later date if any of the classes mentioned are not currently available.**













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