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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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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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.
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Introduction to Writing Improvement

Introduction to Writing Improvement 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: 7 Ways to Improve Your Writing
  • Take Poll: Writing Expertise
  • Complete Assignment: Introductions

Lesson 1: Refining Your Sentences

This lesson describes how to make sentences more interesting by using phrases, combining sentences, and using conjunctions. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Additional Examples about combining sentences
  • Review Article: Refining Your Sentences for the Best Results
  • Complete: Lesson 1.1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1.2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1.3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

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. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Basic Paragraph Structure
  • Review Article: Writing a Concluding Sentence
  • Review Article: Writing exercises for paragraph building
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment - Paragraph Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 2.1 Assignment - Exercise on Paragraph Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 2.2 Assignment - Paragraph Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Paragraph Quiz
  • Review Article: Paragraphs
  • Complete: Lesson 3.1 Assignment - Narrative Paragraph
  • Complete: Lesson 3.2 Assignment - Descriptive Paragraph
  • Complete: Lesson 3.3 Assignment - Expository Paragraph
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Show. Don't Tell

When you show instead of merely telling, you bring the reader into your words. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Narrative Summaries
  • Review Article: How to Write Narrative Essays Using Scenes
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Point of View

There are just three basic point-of-view approaches: first person, third person, and omniscient. 23 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Active vs Passive Voice
  • Review Article: Guide for Writers
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Writing Dialogue

In order to write vivid dialogue, there are several writing conventions you can use. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Seven Keys to Writing Good Dialogue
  • Review Article: Punctuating Dialogue
  • Review Video: Writing Dialogue
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6.1 Assignment - Dialogue Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 6.2 Assignment - Dialogue Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Interior Monologue

It takes skill and knowledge of writing that surpasses the average hobbyist or amateur to make your writing stand out. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Interior Monologue
  • Review Article: Dialogue
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

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. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Using Flashback in Fiction
  • Review Article: Description in Fiction
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

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. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: How to Write a Sophisticated College Essay
  • Review Article: Sophisticated Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Substitutions for Poor Phrasing

Poor phrasing is often the difference between good writing and great writing. Here are some examples of alternatives. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Awkward and Wordy Sentences
  • Review Article: Writing Concise Sentences
  • Review Article: Sentences, Clauses and Phrases
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment

Lesson 11: Proofreading

A good writer knows that no one gets it right the first time through any manuscript. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: More Proofreading Exercises
  • Review Article: Proofreading Exercise
  • Review Article: Vocabulary, grammar, punctuation quizzes
  • Take Poll: Editing
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11.2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Additional Writing Resources

Here is a list of books that cover additional writing styles, tips, and guidelines. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Writing Tips from the Masters
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Final Course Survey
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: FINAL EXAM
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Course Title: Writing Improvement 101
Course Number: 7550412
Languages: English - United States, Canada 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).
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!
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Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

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