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Words are powerful. They inspire greatness and effect change. They start movements and empower leaders. They have the power to get you hired, get you promoted and, if used incorrectly, get you fired. Combine the power of words with the ease and speed of email and social distribution in the digital age and one can quickly see that it has never been more important to learn to write clearly, effectively and efficiently.

No one is born with good writing skills. It takes time to learn proper writing techniques and a great deal of practice to hone your skills. Starting with any one of these five introductory writing courses will not only build a strong foundation of grammar skills but also teach the important elements of composition and style that will improve all of your written communication from business emails to job applications.

Note that in most cases students can still enroll in courses when the start date has passed. Archived, self-paced versions remain online with all video lectures and course materials available.


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English Grammar and Style
The University of Queensland

Take the new “Writing 101” course that can teach you the fundamentals of grammar and composition in a global, digital world. Learn the basic grammar and syntax skills needed to form clear and concise communication. Watch video interviews with English professors and grammarians from around the world interspersed with video lectures and writing tasks. This free, 8-week online course requires 4 hours per week and will give students a valuable introduction to writing.

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How to Write an Essay
University of California, Berkeley

Learning how to write a good essay with a powerful introduction, clear arguments and well-crafted conclusion is a great way to build a foundation of writing skills. This 8-week course starts with the basics of grammar and sentence construction and quickly advances to thesis development and essay writing with tools for creating outlines and editing your work. Dr. Maggie Sokolik of the College Writing Programs at the University of California, Berkeley guides students through this excellent introductory writing course in which participants can get a great deal of practice writing and interact with other students from around the world. Links to optional online textbooks are provided.

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English Grammar & Essay Writing
University of California, Berkeley
Starts: January 11, 2016

Build on the skills developed in the previous course, How to Write an Essay, by Dr. Maggie Sokolik. While the previous course is not required for enrollment, it will be helpful to view the archived course materials to better prepare for this deep dive into tone, diction and writing style. Learn how to avoid common grammatical errors, gain skills for developing an argument and get valuable experience writing, editing and proofreading essays. This course is perfect for students that are preparing to apply for college or who wish to develop effective written communication skills. Want to jump into this course right now? Enroll in a self-paced, archived version.

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English Writing and Composition
Arizona State University
Starts: March 14, 2016

This college-level introductory writing course will help you gain a solid foundation of English grammar and writing skills. The 8-week, intensive online course taught by professor Duane Roen requires 18 hours per week and is eligible for college credit. 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. If you are up for a challenging and intensive English grammar and writing program, this is the course for you.

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Academic and Business Writing
University of California, Berkeley
Starts: April 18, 2016

This is the third in a series of writing courses from the University of California, Berkeley, that focuses on developing strong grammar and writing skills. In this course, students will learn how to write for specific disciplines such as science, engineering and the social sciences. Gain valuable technical writing skills for business and also get tips and practice writing for college applications. This short, 4-week course requires 4 to 5 hours per week.

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