All posts tagged: free online writing courses

Another Free Writing Course from Coursera: Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade

Coursera is offering a free course on fundamental English writing beginning January 30 till March 9, 2015. The course description for Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade reads: Learn to become an effective builder of sentences using the basic tools of grammar, punctuation, and writing. By dedicating yourself to the craft of writing English, you will learn to use the eight parts of speech and grammar to develop the four basic sentence types into a well-organized, detailed paragraph. This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a better writer. If you need to write more clearly for work, prepare for a placement test for a college, or improve your skills for current writing projects, this class is beneficial. Please be aware that basic writers are the targeted audience for this course. Here’s where you can register and find more information: Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade photo credit: Prince Heathen via photopin cc

Five Great E-Courses with Bendy Pricing

I first learned about Satya and Kaspalita last year when I read about their mindful writing practice of “Writing Small Stones.”  That was about two years ago, and the couple’s blog, “Writing Our Way Home,” was a very busy site, and Satya’s name was still Fiona Robyn.  Much has changed in the Buddhist couple’s blog – they now concentrate on giving online courses, and after being ordained as a Buddhist priest, Fiona changed her name to Satya. Now, Satya and Kaspalita are generously offering their E-courses with a “pay as you like” option.  Last year, I enrolled in Kaspa’s  Eastern Therapeutic Writing course, which cost US$70.  It was well worth the money: I was introduced to a few Japanese theories such as Naikan, Waka  and Morita journaling  (I was already familiar with the koan); there were plenty of reading resources and each day an email arrived with the day’s work.  The discussion forum was not very active though, but I think it was because the structure of their E-courses require individual work and much introspection.  This …

MSU Offers Free Online Writing Course

Two faculty members of Michigan State University will teach a free online non-credit course which will focus on improving writing skills.  “Thinking Like a Writer,” will be offered this summer by Dr. Jeff Grabill, professor and chair of the Michigan State University Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Culture, and Dr. Julie Lindquist, Director of First-Year Writing at Michigan State. The pair of Michigan State University faculty members are on a mission: They want to know whether it is possible to keep the high level of engagement that is characteristic of face-to-face interaction in an online setting. The course is open to students who want to prepare for college-level writing, international students intent on improving their English writing skills, professionals who want to sharpen their writing abilities and anyone who wants to learn about the craft of writing. The course, which will run from July 1 through August 31 will focus on the process of review and revision.  It is designed to help students develop skills in persuasive writing and narrative writing; participants will  also learn how to …

Free Writing and Poetry Online Classes at Coursera

Coursera is an education company that focuses on connecting people around the world to top global  universities and institutions through free online courses. On its website, Coursera describes its objective: “We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.” Among the writing courses offered by Coursera are: Modern and Contemporary Poetry (University of Pennsylvania) Writing in the Sciences (Stanford) Writing II: Rhetorical Composing (Ohio State University) Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade (Mt. San Jacinto College) For more information about these writing courses, log on to Coursera.  Aside from these, the company offers so many other online courses.  Check them out! Photo: Morguefile