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Course Description

We know that effective writing will help students in their coursework but it's equally important to write well in the workplace. If a job interviewer is considering two qualified candidates, the candidate who can write well will have the edge. If you're interested in improving your basic writing beyond correct grammar and punctuation, this course will help you. The more you write, the more confidence you will have in your abilities as a writer.
The best grammar and punctuation in the world can still produce average or even poor writing if you don't know how to use the sentences properly or which type of sentence works best to get your point across.  By the same token, if you can write lyrical sentences but you string them together into paragraphs that are a tangled mess, the sense and impact of each sentence is lost.
This course is designed to give students the most flexibility and independence. You set your own schedule and learn at your convenience. Just because this course is online doesn't mean you're left on your own. The instructor will be reviewing and grading assignments and is always available to answer questions through email.
This course assumes you have a high school reading and writing level in English, and that you understand sentence structure, grammar and punctuation.
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Course Lessons

  • Introduction to Writing Improvement

    Introduction to Writing Improvement
  • Lesson 1: Refining Your Sentences

    This lesson describes how to make sentences more interesting by using phrases, combining sentences, and using conjunctions.
  • Lesson 2: Paragraph Structure

    Lesson 2: Paragraph Structure For any narrative, whether a research paper, report, or story, the sentences need to be grouped together into discernible units that organize the information properly in order to make sense.
  • Lesson 3: Types of Paragraphs

    Understanding how expository, descriptive, and narrative paragraphs should be written will improve your ability to clearly get your point across.
  • Lesson 4: Show. Don't Tell

    When you show instead of merely telling, you bring the reader into your words.
  • Lesson 5: Point of View

    There are just three basic point-of-view approaches: first person, third person, and omniscient.
  • Lesson 6: Writing Dialogue

    In order to write vivid dialogue, there are several writing conventions you can use.
  • Lesson 7: Interior Monologue

    It takes skill and knowledge of writing that surpasses the average hobbyist or amateur to make your writing stand out.
  • Lesson 8: Proportion

    You do not want to give too many details to unimportant events, or fill scenes with so many details that the story does not move forward.
  • Lesson 9: Sophistication

    This lesson discusses how to take what you have written and make it sound as sophisticated as the works of professional writers.
  • Lesson 10: Substitutions for Poor Phrasing

    Poor phrasing is often the difference between good writing and great writing. Here are some examples of alternatives.
  • Lesson 11: Proofreading

    A good writer knows that no one gets it right the first time through any manuscript.
  • Lesson 12: Additional Writing Resources

    Here is a list of books that cover additional writing styles, tips, and guidelines.
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Course Title: Writing Improvement 101
Course Number: 7550412
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.3 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), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
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: Daphnee St.Val
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Refine sentences.
  • Create logical paragraph structures.
  • Write by showing and not telling.
  • Describe point of view and use it appropriately.
  • Write dialog.
  • Demonstrate writing interior monologue.
  • Demonstrate writing proportionately and with sophistication.
  • Identify poor phrasing and use appropriate substitutions.
  • Demonstrate proofreading skills, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1.1 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 1.2 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 1.3 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 1 ExamExam5
Lesson 2 Assignment - Paragraph WritingAssignment5
Lesson 2.1 Assignment - Exercise on Paragraph WritingAssignment10
Lesson 2.2 Assignment - Paragraph WritingAssignment10
Lesson 2 ExamExam3
Lesson 3.1 Assignment - Narrative ParagraphAssignment10
Lesson 3.2 Assignment - Descriptive ParagraphAssignment10
Lesson 3.3 Assignment - Expository ParagraphAssignment10
Lesson 3 ExamExam3
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 4 ExamExam5
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 5 ExamExam3
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 6.1 Assignment - Dialogue WritingAssignment10
Lesson 6.2 Assignment - Dialogue WritingAssignment10
Lesson 6 ExamExam5
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 7 ExamExam4
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 8 ExamExam5
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 9 ExamExam5
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 11.2 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 11 ExamExam5
Total Points:358

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  • "The instructor explained things in a way that I could understand. It is usually harder when you don't have a one-on-one with an instructor, but she was great. If I didn't get it, she kept at it. She was a great help to my success!" -- Donna N.
  • "The instructor is an excellent instructor and gives prompt feedback. Kudos to her!" -- Antonia J.
  • "This course dramatically helped my writing skills, and the instructor had helpful comments on my assignments. I found the layout of the courses most helpful. It built on itself." -- Katrina Z.
  • "The instructor is an excellent instructor and she really knows her stuff. The sentence and paragraph improvement exercises were very helpful." -- Patricia R.
  • "I found just about everything helpful. The instructor was first-rate. She was very helpful! Thanks!" -- Anita K.

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