Several institutions are offering free online writing courses and the great thing about these courses is that they are self-paced. So, no pressure and lots of learning.
What is good writing?
If the idea of writing an essay intimidates you, this unit offered by The Open University will help you realize that there’s no reason to fear essays.
Writing what you know
If you want to improve your skills in descriptive writing, this unit will help you “to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.”
Start writing fiction
This unit will help you learn how characters might be drawn, as well as how setting is established. The course description says the unit “works on the different levels of characterisation, from flat to round, and how character and place interact. It also works on the effect of genre and how genre can be used.”
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy is a course offered by Jeffrey A. Carver for aspiring young writers.
Free Online Creative Writing Course, Non-fiction Writing Course offered by The Crafty Writer. The lessons are presented by Fiona Veitch Smith, who is a freelance journalist, editor, author, playwright, screenwriter and writing teacher.
Email College Offers a host of writing courses which delivers class materials to your email. Here’s what they say about their courses: “Our Free Online Learning Courses are effective, powerful, easy to use and give you world-class training on your desktop along with a completion certificate. There’s no paperwork, no exams, no commitment, no sales, no advertising, no junk mail and no catch. Just practical online courses that have relevance to your life.”
Introduction to Screenwriting Steven Barnes’ Free Writing Class
is a slightly modified form of the 9-week writing class he has taught for several years at UCLA.
And if you need to brush up on your grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and style skills, the Purdue Online Writing Lab offers exercises to help you hone your writing skills. Purdue OWL also offers over 200 free resources covering various topics such as Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), Job Search and Professional Writing.
I hope you’ll have the time to try out some of these writing courses!