Online Class: Speed Writing 101

This innovative speed writing course is for anyone who needs to know how to write faster without sacrificing readability, comprehension, and context.

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Course Description

Master the Art of Speedwriting: Unleash Your Potential to Capture and Convey Ideas Swiftly

In today's fast-paced academic and professional world, the ability to quickly and effectively jot down essential information is invaluable. If you've ever found yourself scribbling notes during a lecture, only to later realize you've missed crucial details, or if you've struggled to efficiently craft a well-researched paper without risking plagiarism, then you understand the importance of efficient and effective writing techniques. From students to scholars, from journalists to novelists, the demand for speedwriting skills spans a broad spectrum.

Welcome to our comprehensive Speedwriting Course, tailor-made for anyone eager to elevate their note-taking and rapid-writing abilities.

Course Highlights:

  1. Note-Taking Mastery: Grasp the strategies employed by experts when attending lectures or presentations. Learn to swiftly capture the essence of any discourse, ensuring you never miss a beat.
  2. Academic Excellence: Whether you're a high school student or on the cusp of earning your Ph.D., this course will arm you with techniques to craft papers efficiently, articulately, and most importantly, authentically.
  3. Beyond Academia: For writers navigating tight deadlines, discover how to expedite your writing and rewriting processes. Whether it's an article, a thesis, or even an entire book, get your thoughts on paper coherently and promptly.
  4. Safeguard Against Plagiarism: In the age of accessible information, learn the art of drawing from research without inadvertently borrowing someone else's words. Write with confidence, knowing that your work is genuinely your own.

Enroll in our Speedwriting Course and immerse yourself in a transformative learning experience. Unlock techniques that not only amplify your writing speed but also enhance clarity, coherence, and originality. Join us and set yourself on a path to achieving both your academic and professional aspirations with newfound proficiency. After all, in the race of capturing and conveying ideas, why not ensure you're leading the pack?

Course Motivation

There are many people who believe that they would learn more and ultimately do better in school if they could write faster so they could take better and more complete notes. There are other people who know that their lives would be so different if they could just mine all that material that is inside their head so that they could write and potentially publish that material. 

Both groups of people face the same problem. They simply can't write fast enough. This course will take you through a number of steps to learn Speedwriting, both for taking better and more complete notes, all the way to the point of being able to write faster and be much more productive with your writing time than ever before. 

Speedwriting is More than Merely Writing Fast 

Increasing the speed at which you take notes will certainly help you to become more successful in school, but only if you can read and understand those notes later, and if you practice these methods on a regular basis, turning them into the tools that they are meant to be. 

You will never master the techniques of speedwriting if you don't take the necessary time to practice these lessons and exercises. You'll need discipline to establish specific writing times and sticking to them. If you can't do these two things, you will defeat the purpose of this course, and you will be no better off than before you started. 

If, however, you intend to be smarter, wiser, more successful, and more prolific than the other people in your class, in your university, or your place of work, then you are in the right place.  

The old saying "...the best guarantee to finish your writing is to invest in a chair and a bucket of glue..." is true with this course.
Half the battle is showing up… 
It is the person who shows up for the exercise on time who will get the most out of it. For the duration of this course, make sure you show up, on time, and that you apply everything you learn about Speedwriting to every aspect of your professional and academic life. It will change you, permanently. 

Taking Notes 

When discussing the various aspects of Speedwriting, one of the first complaints is, "I can't keep up with my instructor's lectures! He/She talks too fast!" 

If you have an instructor who provides copious notes on each lecture, you won't need this part of the course. However, most instructors believe that taking notes is part of the critical thinking aspect of any class. YOU have to decide what is important, and make a note of each important fact. 

In order to take fast and comprehensive notes, you need to apply a few writing shortcuts that might seem obvious when stated, but for most people, they are not. In this course, we will cover most of these shortcuts in enough depth that you will be taking faster and better notes in no time! 


You've all probably been involved in a "brainstorming" session, and most of the time the ideas come in slowly enough that the person at the front of the room is able to write down all your ideas that are shouted out, or someone else in the room will remember what was said and all the "brainstormed" words or ideas eventually find their way onto the chart or board. 

However, have you found that when you have a brainstorming session all by yourself you have SO many ideas that you can't keep track of them, and you know that by the time you've written down all your ideas, some of the best ones have just floated up into the stratosphere and for the life of you, you cannot recall them? 

This can be very frustrating and is about the worst way to begin a large project that depends a great deal on creativity. You will learn a couple of techniques for "brainstorming" that you will use from now on to help keep track of all those great ideas. There may be one or two great ideas that slip away, but you'll capture many more than you even knew you had. 

Internal Editor 

The greatest impediment to writing fast is the Internal Editor 

When you begin a new writing project, it is sometimes really hard to get your ideas down in any kind of order. It seems that as soon as you try to put your ideas down, the idea generator dries up! We've all had that happen! What if you could learn ways to make getting your ideas down on paper simpler, easier, and much less painful? You might be more interested in doing projects like this more often, wouldn't you?  

It may interest you to know that there is one single reason your ideas "dry up". What would you pay to know the answer to that? The answer to that is deceptively simple. It is you. You are your own worst enemy when it comes time to get ideas down for a project on paper. Some people call it the "Infernal Internal Editor", and we will talk a lot more about this later. What you need to understand now is that unless you are able to keep your Internal Editor under control, you will always struggle with your writing, no matter what the project is. 

Your Internal Editor is the result of perfectionism, of struggling to turn in the best paper, article or book that you can. As you write, you hear the words, "You're kidding me! Who is going to read that mess? You're no writer. Leave it to someone who really knows what they are doing…" 

…and on and on. 

We live in such a competitive society today that we are constantly judging others and ourselves, just as we know we are being judged in turn. We take it upon ourselves to start the judgment process as soon as we begin to write, and we turn into our own worst enemy.  

WE talk ourselves out of being able to write almost before we even start. What if it isn't good enough? What if it isn't right? What if… 

Some of us had hyper-critical parents, grandparents, siblings, or friends who felt their whole life was dedicated to telling you where you went wrong with something. That type of judgment is enough to keep most people from trying something, and it is a real tragedy. We have immensely talented people who are too afraid to take that first step because they fear the judgment that starts inside their own head! 

Listen to your internal editor. What does he/she say? Then stop a moment and ask yourself, "Is this true about me?" Most of the time, it's not true, but because we fear judgment so much, we will not attempt something. We're defeated long before we even begin. In order to get the most out of the Speedwriting Course, you absolutely must contain your Internal Editor.  

We will talk more about the Internal Editor, and include ways to eliminate listening to the words that stop you before you even begin. Speedwriting can help you get material written a great deal faster than usual, however, you will need your Internal Editor to help you edit the material once you have your first draft done. Speedwriting does not create completely polished writing the first time around. 

Writing Reports, Articles, Books 

Some of you are taking this Speedwriting Course because you are a writer, and you need to learn how to write faster. When you write faster, you are more productive and can make a lot more money, right?  

Yes, you will learn many Speedwriting techniques that will help you with your writing of reports, articles, rewriting techniques for articles, and even how to approach the idea of writing a larger project like a dissertation or a book.  

Who would believe that a person who was terrified of writing a 5-page paper could learn how to write a full-length book by the time they completed this course? It is definitely possible, and by following all the exercises and lessons that are included in this course, you could be one of those people. So let's get started!
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Need For Speedwriting

This course will take you through a number of steps to learn Speedwriting, both for taking better and more complete notes, all the way to the point of being able to write faster and be much more productive with your writing time. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Speedwriting course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Elements of Speedwriting in Taking Notes

The only way to take notes faster is to learn to write faster, and practice the techniques in this chapter. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Writing Techniques for Speed

By practicing Freewriting on a daily basis, you will develop your writing skills far beyond those of most people and writers of this generation. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Mind-Mapping, 12:4:2

There are as many ways to prepare for writing, and this lesson will teach you four of the most powerful and effective ways to create a "road map" of where you are going with your writing. Additional lesson topics: What is Mind Mapping? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Mind Mapping
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Outlining and Blueprinting for Speed

Sometimes it is a relatively simple task to prepare a basic outline. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Dictation and Transcription

With regard to Speedwriting, you have to learn that absolute fastest way to get material. This means to "talk" your material. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Self-Esteem and Writing

The very nature of writing suggests that someone will be reading what we have written, and immediately we begin to worry that it won't be "good enough." 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Speedwriting for Short Assignments

There is nothing more irritating to a reader than to read someone's ramblings that never seem to have a point or focus. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Speedwriting Techniques for a Bigger Project

As with all writing projects, start with your mind-mapping process, putting your central idea right there in the middle. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Writing Project
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Goal Setting

People are subject to all types of interference and obstacles, some of which they had some choice about, others over which they have absolutely no control. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Secrets to Speedwriting Success

Don't try to mix researching and writing. 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the need for speedwriting.
  • Summarize elements of speedwriting in taking notes.
  • Define writing techniques for speed.
  • Describe mind-mapping techniques and how to apply them to increasing your speed.
  • Identify outlining and blueprinting techniques to increase speed.
  • Summarize methods to use for speedwriting on short assignments.
  • Describe speedwriting techniques for a bigger project.
  • Summarize secrets to speedwriting success.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Speed Writing 101
Course Number: 8900118
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (733 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: October 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course was incredibly helpful. I've wanted to write for a long time, but I needed to know more about the process -- the tips and tricks of the trade. This course provided that and I am extremely grateful. Thanks!" -- Frank W.
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