5 Free Online Writing Courses

Introduction

Writing is important especially if you are a freelance writer. It is never too late to learn about writing. In fact, the more we learn, the more we practice. Thanks to the Internet, we are able to access online writing courses for free at our own pace.

Online Writing Courses

Here are five free online writing courses anyone can learn (not listed according to preference).

1. Writing What You Know

This course is by The Open University, under the OpenLearn section. The study material is adapted from the Creative Writing course (paid and online course). This short course is a great introductory course for anyone who wants to improve in descriptive writing. At the end of the course, you will:

  • be able to articulate your own thoughts on the notion of ‘write what you know’;
  • be equipped to write ‘blind’ descriptions of known objects and note new observations;
  • have an enhanced ability to list sensory perceptions;
  • be able to write short texts about a personal memory of either a place or a character.

2. Diploma in Basic English Grammar

This course is by Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online (also known as ALISON). Grammar is essential in writing. With this course, you will be able to learn the proper use of grammar and identify common grammar mistakes. You will have to register to enroll.

3. Creative Writing: A Master Class

This course is by Academy of Achievement. If you are into creative writing, this would be a great reference, and you can easily gain the material using iTunes. To download the material, you just need iTunes.

4. Advanced Essay Workshop

This course is by MIT Open Courseware. You don’t have to register to access the course material. It is available here. Study the material at your own pace!

5. English Composition I: Achieving Expertise

This course is free but slightly different than the previous four courses. To enroll you have to register on Coursera. In order to complete this course, you will have to complete the assignment according to due dates. It takes 12 weeks to complete, so make sure you have enough time to complete assignments on time. English Composition will explore academic reading and writing.

Conclusion

 

Take some time to research and decide on the best course for your personal development. Feel free to sign up all if you are up for the challenge!

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