Blogger Confession: Have you ever taken Online Courses to improve your writing?

Posted July 18, 2011 by Felicia S in Blogger Confession / 14 Comments

Starting this month, I am taking a few online courses to refresh my grammar/editing/general writing skills.  I think this will beneficial for both my blog and professional career.  Has anyone done this before?  If you have did you find it helpful?  Amanda at On a Book Bender is the one who inspired me to do this!  She is a teacher, grammar guru, and just an inspiration (love her editing on blog posts–so easy to read)!Here is the link to the place where I am taking my online courses:

The classes I am taking are as follows:

Grammar Refresher (July 20-Sept 9)


Course Description: Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You’ll explore the basics of English grammar—like sentence structure and punctuation—as well as more sophisticated concepts—like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths.


Writing Essentials (Aug 17-Oct 7)


Course Description: Master the essentials of writing, and become the stellar wordsmith you always wanted to be! In this course, you’ll develop the skills you need to excel at business communications, express yourself clearly online, and take your creative literary talents to a new level. 

Whether you’re hoping to get a better job, write for a blog, or publish your short story, this course will give you the writing tools you need for success. It’s also a perfect choice for students who speak English as a second language.

You’ll gain confidence right away as you practice free writing and discover how to create solid drafts. You’ll improve your writing skills by learning to select strong and persuasive words, spell correctly, and choose the right punctuation. Then you’ll find out how to put it all together by crafting well-written sentences, building effective paragraphs, and organizing your material logically. And finally, you’ll explore ways to make the most of e-mails and other forms of electronic communication.

With the knowledge and hands-on practice you gain from this course, you’ll be able to express yourself clearly and persuasively in writing—both in your personal life and in the business world.

Fundamentals of Technical Writing (Sept 21 – Nov 11)


Course Description: Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. This course will teach you the skills you need to succeed as a technical writer. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, and how to become a wizard at marrying the art of publishing with the science of technology. You’ll learn the secrets of successful technical writers, including technical writing conventions, interviewing skills, desktop publishing and formatting techniques, key tips for developing graphics and templates, documentation management, and how to publish documents both on paper and electronically. You’ll also learn how to get your first job as a technical writer, plus tricks of the trade that enable you to create high-quality documentation with less work.

The Keys to Effective Editing (Oct 19-Dec 9)


Course Description: Ask any published writer and you will hear that a good editor is not just helpful, but essential. If you aspire to be an editor, this copyediting course will teach you the fundamentals of top-notch editing for both fiction and nonfiction. If you’re already working as an editor, you’ll not only brush up on your skills, but will also learn about recent advances in your chosen profession. If you’re a writer, you will learn essential self-editing tools to give your manuscripts the professional look that publishers like to see.

From the language of editing to grammar, punctuation, and syntax to the all-important relationships between editor, author, and publisher, every facet of editing will be explored in this copyeditor course. Online editing is gaining popularity; its complexities will be unraveled and its advantages and pitfalls explored. Can you make a living as an editor? Tips and resources for finding work will be addressed at length. When you finish with this course, you will feel confident enough to tackle even the most complex of manuscripts.
So have you ever thought about taking classes just for a hobby of yours? 
Felicia S
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14 responses to “Blogger Confession: Have you ever taken Online Courses to improve your writing?

  1. Aisle B

    very good piece.Educational and inspirational for the writer in us.Bravo!PS My day off today… what am I doing HOUSE CHORES! What's with the picture 😉

  2. Amused

    Good for you! I took one recently and found it generally useful but I will say when I found myself stuck with a concept I couldn't get any help from the teacher. It could have just been the course I was taking but one on one in an online situation wasn't an option which was a bummer.

  3. Diana (Book of Secre

    I have not taken an online refresher course, but it is a smart idea! I took a technical writing class in college. I loved it! Am I a nerd or what?

  4. Vanessa theJeepDiva

    I want to take web design/graphic design so bad. The community college in my area offers it, but it is M-F 8-3. I just don't want to commit that much time. I though about an online class but I don't do well with those. I am a hands on, in class, teacher in front of me type of gal.

  5. Melissa (Books and T

    I'm sure it's no surprise that English (grammar/writing) was my worst subject. 🙂 Although I would get kicked for calling it a hobby by one of my friends… I do love to take classes in painting by various watercolor artists. So fun!

  6. Alyssa

    I've taken several online writing classes at UCLA. I've always enjoyed them. I'm sure you'll have a blast!

  7. Tipsy - tipsyreader.

    You go girl! I'm wy too ADHD to take classes online, so I'm saving up to go back to school.. 🙂

  8. Midnyte Reader

    I love taking classes, whether they are online or in person. I usually take art and writing courses. I took a few on Native American mythology online too, which were awesome. Where are you taking these courses? Do you have a link?

  9. Missie

    I've been taking literature course just for fun for years! After rushing through my masters degree, I wanted to get into classes I could take at a slower pace. Also, I have this 'need' to always be a student because I love it. Usually, I only take one class a semester. I love the sound of that Grammar Refresher course. Is it completely online? If so, can you e-mail me the link to the sign up info. Might be too late but I'd like to check it out. My university is not great at offering online courses. P.S. Amanda always inspires me too!

  10. Amanda

    It makes me happy to know that I've inspired you! I'm also interested to hear what other people have to say. I've been trying to come up with ways to make a little extra money since my job prospects aren't looking so great, and one-on-one grammar or writing refreshers/lessons/tutoring was one of my ideas. 🙂

  11. Jenny

    Awesome Felicia! I should really do something like this too, my grammar/punctuation is seriously lacking. I have no idea when to use a semi colon. Sometimes I just toss them in at random;) Can't wait to hear what you think of your classes!

  12. Bookish Brunette

    Oooh congrats chick! No… I'm way too lazy fir all THAT! Good luck though! 😉