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Improve Your Writing Skills with 6 Free Online Courses

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 of these six introductory writing courses will build a strong foundation of grammar skills and teach the important elements of composition and style that will improve all of your written communication from business emails to job applications.

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English Grammar & Essay Writing
University of California, Berkeley

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 preparing to apply for college or who wish to develop effective written communication skills.

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English for Journalists: Key Concepts 
UC BerkeleyX

Improve your writing and grammar skills while writing about exciting and current topics in the news. Developed by the US Department Of State, Voice of America and English language educators, this free journalism course will teach you to write effective stories and reports using improved vocabulary and grammar. Explore the world of journalism and learn how ethics, equality, and fairness impact the profession. Learn more and enroll.

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English for Journalists: Free Speech and Media Trends 
UC BerkeleyX
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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. Learn more about this free, self-paced course from UC Berkeley and enroll today.

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Preparing for the AP* English Language and Composition Exam 
Tennessee Board of Regents

This course focuses on helping learners become skilled readers and writers. It teaches you how to write for various purposes (argumentative, analytical, persuasive), how to analyze different kinds of text, and how to evaluate and use different sources for research papers. This course will prepare students for the AP English Composition exam and is also essential for avid writers and readers to get their skills to the next level.

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English Composition
Arizona State University

Learn to develop and express your ideas effectively for various personal professional purposes, audiences, and occasions in this comprehensive introduction to English composition. Audit the course for free or enroll in the ID Verified Track to be eligible to purchase transferable credit from ASU.

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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 a 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. It 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. 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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