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  1. Start Writing Fiction

    This hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.

  2. Introduction to Research for Essay Writing

    About this Course

    Course 4: Introduction to Research for Essay Writing This is the last course in the Academic Writing specialization before the capstone project. By the end of this course, you will be able to complete all the steps in planning a research paper. After completing this course, you will be able to: - choose appropriate research topics for college classes - write detailed outlines for research papers - find source material for research papers - take and organize good notes for research - document sources by creating a Works Cited list in MLA format - avoid plagiarizing your sources

  3. Journalism for Social Change

    Learn how to use solution-based journalism to impel positive social change.
  4. Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot

    About this Course

    In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires. We will examine the choices storytellers make to snag our imaginations, drag them into a fictional world, and keep them there. We will learn how to outline and structure a plot, discuss narrative arc, pacing and reversals and reveal the inevitable surprise: connecting the beginning, middle and end.

  5. Scholarly Communication

    About this Course

    Scholarly Communication is a concise but comprehensive course on how to write research papers in English. The course will help the candidates gain a better understanding of the rhetorical conventions of English and the common challenges the candidates may face as an academic writer. The course provides instruction, exercises, structure, and deadlines needed to create a publishable paper.

  6. Creative Writing: The Craft of Style

    About this Course

    Your style is as unique and distinctive as your face, your voice, except that you can choose it, you can can work on it, enhance it. In this course we will introduce aspiring writers to the art of putting pressure on written language. We will study the use of metaphor and imagery, and demonstrate how clarity, grace, and inventiveness in word choice are imperative to a story’s success. Writers will emerge with the revision skills essential to all writers of good stories and good prose.

  7. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (Project-Centered Course)

    About this Course

    What you will achieve: In this project-based course, you will outline a complete scientific paper, choose an appropriate journal to which you'll submit the finished paper for publication, and prepare a checklist that will allow you to independently judge whether your paper is ready to submit.

  8. Digital Culture and Writing - Culture et Ecriture Numériques

    Né de la volonté d’épauler un large public face à l’émergence du numérique, l’équipe d’enseignants de l’université de Bourgogne (uB), accompagnée de confrères venant d'autres universités, vous propose son MOOC DCW (Digital Culture and Writing; en français, Culture et Ecriture numériques) "Publier et partager sur le web" . Il offre un aperçu des potentialités de l’écriture et la culture numériques pour publier, partager et communiquer.
  9. Creative Writing: The Craft of Character

    About this course: At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this course aspiring writers will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and unforgettable characters. We will study the choices a writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page, and we will perform written exercises in order to develop a variety of writing and pre-writing techniques, in order to create a variety of characters. We will learn how to use our own life experiences, and the people we know (and how not to!). We will develop inner (thoughts and feelings) and outer (appearance, habits, behavior) lives for our characters and see how that can lead us to richer and more interesting stories. We will breathe life into our characters and let them surprise us.

  10. Grammar and Punctuation

    About this course: Course 1: Grammar and Punctuation Do you need to review English grammar? Have you forgotten the grammar you once studied? If so, this course is perfect for you. The first course in this specialization is a refresher on some tools needed for good writing. It will help prepare you for the other courses. You will need about 10 hours to complete this first course. Writing is a skill and to learn a skill well, you need to practice. In this course, you will watch short video lectures and then practice and discuss what you have learned. Make sure you take good notes and use the peer discussions to ask questions. Then you'll be able to remember the rules you learn in this course when you start writing essays in the next course. After completing this course, you will be able to: - identify the correct verb tenses to use - use commas effectively - utilize several different sentence types - write more effectively in English

  11. COMPOSING FOR PUBLIC AUDIENCES: WRITING, RHETORIC, AND RESEARCH

    DESCRIPTION

    This course develops and refines participants’ skills in composing, rhetorical analysis, and research. The course emphasizes persuasive and researched writing, peer review, and composing in various forms and media. In addition, participants will build upon and improve their mastery of writing in different genres, with and from sources, and for diverse audiences. They will also refine their ability to synthesize information; create arguments about a variety of discursive, visual, and/or cultural artifacts; and become more proficient with and sophisticated in their research strategies and employment of the conventions of public discourses.

  12. Perfect Tenses and Modals

    About this course: This is the first course in the Learn English: Intermediate Grammar specialization. In this course, you will learn about important intermediate verb tenses, including present perfect, present perfect progressive, past perfect, and past perfect progressive. You will also learn about common modal verbs used in English. This course is designed for learners who have a basic understanding of English grammar but who want to learn more and improve their skills for everyday speaking or writing, as well as for academics. It will be a fun class with lots of entertaining and informative video lectures.

  13. Business Writing

    About this course: Writing well is one of the most important skills you can learn for success in the business world. Knowing how to write well allows you to deliver your ideas with the power they deserve. Good writing also conveys a sense of your professional excellence to the world around you. In this course, you'll master the simple, effective skills that drive all successful business writing. You'll create impactful documents that not only showcase your ideas, but showcase your own professionalism to your audience. The principles you learn in this course enable you to become a great business writer. They also provide the foundation for moving into Graphic Design and Successful Presentation, so that you can unleash your best professional self whenever--and however--you present your ideas in the workplace.

  14. Scribble: Writing for New Writers

    This course will take students through the process of writing from simple paragraphs to more complex writing structures and eventually research writing. Writing is often seen as something we do in order to remember grammatical forms and words to learn. However, I'd argue that we need grammar and words in order to write. 

  15. How Writers Write Poetry

    How Writers Write Poetry 2015 offers an interactive progression through the principles and practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include persona, notebooking, the line, the turn, form, and the lyric.

  16. Write101x: English Grammar and Style

    WRITE101x aims to introduce you to key concepts and strategies related to grammar and style. Absorbing and applying these in your writing will help you to confidently respond to the unprecedented and accelerating demand for high levels of literacy that have arisen in the 21st century.

  17. Community Journalism: Digital and Social Media

    Gain practical skills and insights into hyperlocal journalism, and use digital and social media to create your own news website.
  18. How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

    This free three week course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course.
  19. Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens

    This is a course in basic journalism skills designed for citizens who are using new media to publish news, views and information. We cover writing skills, interviews, ethics, law and accessing public forums and documents. We also introduce basic investigative skills.

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