Do you have a story inside you just waiting to come out? Do you have expertise in a subject that needs to be exposed to the world via a blog or a how-to book? Is your imagination on par with J. K. Rowling but you lack the tools to get your ideas onto paper? In addition to the knowledge, creativity and inspiration for your writing, it is necessary to know the ins and outs of dialogue, character development, structure and plot. The basic elements of grammar and style and how to craft an outline, write a first draft and edit your work are essential if you want to successfully express your ideas or bring your novel to life.
Explore the following three writing and composition courses and get on a path to exposing your inner writer.
English for Journalists: Free Speech and Media Trends (May 17 – Self-Paced)
Improve your grammar and writing skills by writing about current events and news in this 5-week, self-paced course from UC Berkeley. Explore the exciting world of journalism including writing for sports, satirical news writing and writing for broadcast. The course is taught by Professor Maggie Sokolik, Director of College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley and English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State. Learn more at edx.org and enroll now.
In the second of a 2-part series on writing a novel, learn from international best-selling authors from The University of British Columbia’s renowned MFA program as they teach the essentials of producing your first draft. Intended for students who have developed a strong outline, this course will kick off the writing process and teach you how to bring characters to life with believable, dramatic dialogue. Learn how to heighten drama and manage a complicated plot with twists and turns. View the syllabus to learn more and enroll in this 6-week professional education writing course.
English Composition (August 18)
Whether you are writing an essay, a blog, or an email message, effective writing skills will help you to communicate your ideas clearly and successfully. In this 8-week, comprehensive English composition course from Arizona State University, learn the essential elements and processes of effective writing, including how to plan, draft, revise and edit your work. Students will complete several major written projects and learn how to tailor writing to meet the needs of diverse audiences. Additionally, students enrolled in this course on the ID Verified Track are eligible to earn college credit after passing the course with a C or better and producing a portfolio of writing to demonstrate what they have learned.
Find more writing and humanities courses online at edX.org.