Category "Writing & Publishing"

  • Fundamentals of Technical Writing

    If you enjoy writing and love a challenge, technical writing just might be a career for you. Our Fundamentals of Technical Writing course exposes you to all aspects of this form of writing, including how to translate technical documents into everyday language that people will understand. Technical writing requires writing, editing, and rewriting since clear writing is often the product of several revisions. We cover the basics of drafting documents, becoming a master of a particular subject matter, different writing habits, and tools of the trade, including image and publishing software.
  • Beginning Writer’s Workshop

    If you have always wanted to write a novel but you have no idea how to begin the process, then Beginning Writer’s Workshop is created just for you. In this course, we cover all the basics you need to get started on producing your own book. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of creating the right plot, settings, scenes and developing characters. This course also helps to guide you through the tricky parts of writing: points of view and dialogue. So, if you are ready for the exciting challenge of writing your own novel, turn the page and let’s begin our journey! 
  • Creativity Training for Writers

    Have you ever faced writer’s block? Transforming your visions onto paper doesn’t have to be difficult. Our Creativity Training for Writers course gives you the knowledge and tools to help unleash your creative side. We will discuss ways for breaking through writer’s block and methods for jumpstarting creativity. The basics of writing essays, memoirs, short stories and books and ways to get your name out there to publishers, magazines, and writer’s groups are covered.
  • Effective Business Writing

    Writing is performed every day in the business world but unfortunately, not everyone is good at business writing. Throughout this course, you will discover simple solutions to your business writing dilemmas. Business communication needs to be simple and direct. The same should be true for business writing.  Effective Business Writing reviews simple layout ideas, elements of basic sentence structure and common grammar and spelling mistakes. These lessons will explore ways to beat the evil procrastination bug and how to hit business deadlines consistently.
  • Magazine Writing

    Wouldn’t you be thrilled to see your name in print on the byline of a magazine article? This course will give your dreams a foundation with suggestions on how to think up, research, create, and sell a magazine article. Students of this course also receive ideas on how to develop the craft of writing articles into a once-in-a-lifetime experience, part-time work, or a full-time occupation, according to the route that best fits your present and future schedule. 
  • Writing Essentials

    A successful writer once said, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” Most likely, you won’t be able to find a more accurate description of this discipline. Writers need to write, write, write! They can work on perfecting their creation in the rewriting process. Writing takes time, time essential for researching a topic, getting to know the audience, developing a theme and generating an outline. Time is required to formulate a first draft and vital for editing and rewriting the initial draft into final form.
  • Writing Books for Children

    How many children open their closet doors expecting to find Narnia, or the beasts from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are? This course explores a variety of books for children and young adults to identify the cornerstone of the classics—good story telling. This course illustrates for aspiring authors what it takes to write, edit, and publish your books for children.   
  • Effective Editing

    The world of book production has changed drastically for the fiction and non-fiction writer. In today’s world of publishing, the intense competition for the attention of publishers and readers means you are pretty much on your own as far as the editing of your book, especially as a first time writer. In this course, Effective Editing, we discuss the information you need to proofread your material so you eliminate the grammar and spelling errors that are so distracting to your readers. But editing is about much more than a simple proofread.
  • Write Better

    Our students taking this course will learn strategies for improving their informational writing as well as improving upon their creative work.  The course provides instruction on writing accurate and clear business letters, memos, and reports.  Topics will cover mechanics such as sentence structure, punctuation, and how to avoid wordiness in informational writing.  Students will also learn how to enhance their creative writing by building character and plot, among many other things.
  • Grant Writing 101

    Grant Writing is at the heart of the nonprofit world, and Grant Writers remain in high demand. Philanthropy has remained strong in the United States. From large funders such as Bill and Melinda Gates to small funders, Grant Writers seek to secure funds for individuals. The Grant Writer provides a crucial connection between the person seeking grants and funders. Our course will allow students to gain a full understanding of grant writing from identifying potential grant seekers needing someone to write their grants to finding funders and building your own grant writing business.