Since we are all about writing we need to help the ones of you willing to improve their writing skills.

We’ve collected all online writing courses available on various platforms and websites.

Below you’ll find 4 different kinds of writing courses. You can also use the list for navigation, in case you want to skip the courses you don’t need.

– Basic writing skills
– Writing Non-Fiction
– Writing Fiction
– Applied Writing Skills

Before we start listing all of the courses with brief description you need to know that not all of them are self paced.

Most of the courses with schedule are part of the so called MOOCs. (Learn more about MOOC here).

The rest are carefully picked from platforms like Coursera, Udacity and Edx.

https://www.class-central.com/report/writing-free-online-courses/

So, let’s first check the list of recommended courses for acquiring basic writing skills:

Basic Writing Skills

Principles of Written English, Part 1

This is a 5 weeks course organized by the University of California, Berkeley

Week 1 is all about Grammar Review .

Week 2 addresses how to write effective sentences and paragraphs. Yes, making a sentence sounds both clear and elegant requires some practice.

In week 3, the course on thesis statements.

Week 4 is planned for studying how to write longer pieces of writing and how to structure your essay. It also focus young writer’s attentions on how to write good introductions and conclusions.

Week 5 is all about learning good techniques of self-editing. At the end you’ll have to submit your final work.

Note: This is an archived course.

Principles of Written English, Part 2

This is a 5 weeks course organized by the University of California, Berkeley

The focus of this course is on:

  • Proofreading
  • Self-editing
  • Revision
  • Common English grammar errors
  • Tone
  • Diction
  • Vocabulary building

Note: This is an archived course.

Principles of Written English, Part 3

This is a 5 weeks course organized by the University of California, Berkeley

 This course is all about academic and professional writing. or how to write:

  • proposals…
  • emails…
  • cover letters…

This course is accessible without the need of completing part I and part II.

Write101x: English Grammar and Style 

Next session of this course: 26th Jul, 2015

You will:

  • receive access to materials that cover gramatical principles, usage of words, writing style sentence structure, paragraph structure and punctuation;
  • watch interviews conducted with distinguished grammarians
  • take part in quizzes
  • take part in writing activities to improve the quality of your writing
  • participate in discussions
  • access the work of your peers

English Composition I: Achieving Expertise

This course is organised by Duke University and lead by Denise Comer.

Denise Comer is teaching academic writing in Duke University since 20 years.

Here’s what she things about writing:

“Writing is hard and complicated… What I do believe though is that writing is one of the most powerful intelectual endeavors…

… writing makes things happens. It shapes ideas, it inspires people to take action and it advances knowledge within and across disciplines.

What I love most about teaching writing is reading and responding to students writing and facilitating exchanges writing between students.

Writing is about much more than syntacs, grammar or even citation. It’s about asking meaningful questions and creating powerful prose that communicates your ideas effectively to readers.

This course is targeted to various learners of various expertise and preparation.

Enrolling students should have a basic proficiency in English and be familiar with secondary-level English or Composition Instruction.”

Watch Denise’s video overview on the whole course here.

The next session of this course begins on 26th June, 2015

First-Year Composition 2.0

This course is organised by Georgia Institute of Technology and lead by Karen Head

The course is for people who are looking to:

  • develop a better process and gain confidence in written, visual and oral communication;
  • create and critique documents and presentations in college, in the workplace, and in their communities.

You will gain confidence in 4 fields:

  • Critical Thinking: Give proper mark of the effectiveness of personal essays, oral presentations and images.
  • Rhetoric: Get insights on how you and other communicators use persuasion. Learn how to use context, audience, purpose, argument, organization, design, genre, conversions and visuals.
  • Process: Apply processes (read, invent, plan, draft, design, rehearse, revise, publish, present, and critique).
  • Digital Media: Produce written, oral, and visual pieces .

Note: This course is currently not available. Add it to your MOOc Tracker to get notified for the next class.

Writing II: Rhetorical Composing

via Ohio State University

Rhetorical Composing is  words, ideas, talents, and support exchanging course. You are about to get in touch with plenty of rhetorical concepts to inform and persuade audiences. This will make you a more efficient consumer and producer of writen and visual content.

Note: This course is currently not available. Add it to your MOOc Tracker to get notified for the next class.

Writing in English for University Study – Beginners’ guide

via University of Reading

Course attenders will learn various approaches to their studies at university. If you are one of them, you will most likely improve your grammar, vocabulary and writing skills overall.

Next course starts on September 28th, 2015.

Fundamental English Writing: Crafting an Effective Writer

via Mt. San Jacinto College

In this free and open course you’ll learn how to effectively build sentences.

You’ll learn how to use the eight parts of grammar and speech to write the four basic types of sentences. This will give you knowledge on how to craft well organized paragraphs.

Note: This course is currently not available. Add it to your MOOc Tracker to get notified for the next class.

Writing Non-Fiction

Journalism: Introduction

via University of Strathclyde

This course aims to give you an insight look at the exciting world or reporters and editors.

You’ll learn:

– The anatomy of a good news story

– How to write news

– How to write features

– What are the secrets behind opinion writing

– Politics and journalism

– and lastly: investigative journalism (one of the most interesting parts of journalism, by the way)

You’ll develop your own case study for all 6 weeks of the course. You’ll also take part in different tasks and discussions that reflect some real-life situations in journalism.

Next session starts on September 7th, 2015

The Key Ingredients of Writing Perfect Applications

via University of Sheffield

This is a shorter course of only 3 weeks of theory and practice. After the end of the third week you should have become better at creating CVs, applications and completing an online profile.

The course include:

– articles for reading

– videos to watch

– interactive exercises

You’ll be encouraged to form a portfolio of your previous projects. This will raise your chances next time you apply for a new job.

Check if this course is still available

Writing Fiction

How Writers Write Fiction

via University of Iowa with Christopher Merrill

Duration of this course: 6 weeks

The course will be co-teached by Director and Professor of English C. Merrill whi is also an author of contemporary fiction.

A major part of the course contains video talks, online discussions and writing assignments.

Another important part of the course are the workshops held by assistants.

Contributing authors include: Peter Orner, Andrew Seen Greer, Michelle Huneven. Mona Simpson, Anthony Marra and Margot Livesey.

How Writers Write Fiction will help participants to develop the lifelong practice of his/her craft.

Note: This course is currently not available. Add it to your MOOc Tracker to get notified for the next class.

The Future Of Storytelling

via University of Applied Sciences

This course will help you learn how to create stories in current media: from understanding the basics to gaining knowledge on how to use the new online tools and formats.

Duration: 8 weeks

Main covered topics

– storytelling basics
– serial formats (on the TV, web and beyond)
– storytelling in role-playing games
– interactive storytelling in video games
– transmedia storytelling
– alternate-reality gaming
– augmented reality and location-based storytelling
– the role of tools, interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.

Note: This course is currently not available. Add it to your MOOc Tracker to get notified for the next class.

How Writers Write Poetry

via University of Iowa
The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include sketching techniques, appropriation, meter, constraints, sound, mindfulness, and pleasure. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, thoughts about process, or teaching tips.
Next Session: Self paced

Applied Writing Skills

Writing for the Web


Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning about how readers behave differently online. This course brings to light how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, structure and search engine optimisation.
Next Session: 29th Jun, 2015

Stunt Writing for Personal Growth


The Stunt Writing For Personal Growth class includes prompts, lectures, readings and discussions for writers of any age, at any level. Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you,” Stunt Writing For Personal Growth is a process that uses writing as a tool for you to learn about yourself, and gain skills in communicating your own unique story.

Note: This course is currently not available. Add it to your MOOc Tracker to get notified for the next class.

Thinking Like a Writer

via Michigan State University

This course revolves around the work of revising writing, learning, and engaging with language and community. You will explore who you are as a learner as you write about yourself and your language use, as well as consider who you are as a communicator as you critique texts, persuade audiences, and collaborate with others.

Note: This course is currently not available. Add it to your MOOc Tracker to get notified for the next class.

Writing in the Sciences

via Stanford
This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. Students from non-science disciplines can benefit from the training provided in the first four weeks (on general principles of effective writing)

Note: This course is currently not available. Add it to your MOOc Tracker to get notified for the next class.

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