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16 Top Rated Courses For Writers


Note: Some of these courses are free, but if you decide to purchase anything (using the links below) you’ll be financially supporting the Personal Growth publication. Thanks for your support.

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Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer

The potent tactics in this course, given as easy-to-digest key principles alongside strategic exercises, will help transform you into a masterful writer quickly. You’ll be armed forever with principles that can turn any piece of mediocre writing into something slick and memorable.

Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery

In this course, you’ll discover how to embed quality at every layer of your writing — whether it’s a blog, article, essay, cover letter, corporate report or content marketing. By the end, you’ll appreciate how one piece of writing can be strikingly beautiful while another, on the same subject, bores you to tears.

Academic English: Writing Specialization

The skills taught in this Specialization will empower you to succeed in any college-level course or professional field. You’ll learn to conduct rigorous academic research and to express your ideas clearly in an academic format.

Creative Writing Specialization

Covers elements of short story, narrative essay, and memoir. You will master the techniques that good writers use to compose a bracing story, populated with memorable characters in an interesting setting, written in a fresh descriptive style.

Creative Non-Fiction: Write Truth with Style

In this class, Susan Orlean, best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer, walks us through her writing process for transforming ordinary subjects into exceptional stories. She reveals how she prepares to write, and delves into why curiosity, revision, and collaboration are at the heart of being a writer.

Writing With Impact: Writing That Persuades

This course is jam-packed with no-nonsense advice on how to win people over with the written word. You’ll learn principles that can be applied to most types of non-fiction writing — including emails, reports, presentations, sales pages, advertising, blogs and more.

Telling Your Truth Through Writing — A Conversation

NYT bestselling author Ayelet Waldman dives into her approach to constructing narratives, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of memoir writing. Starting with the importance of authenticity, she’ll address the most common choices writers make during the creative process.

Creative Writing for All: A 10-Day Journaling Challenge

Author Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge. Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks. Commit to writing 10 minutes a day for 10 days and, on the final day, revise one entry into a finished piece. Use this class to ban writer’s block.

Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft

Join urban fantasy writer Daniel José Older for a 40-minute dive into the fundamentals of narrative storytelling. This class is for creative writers (both aspiring and established), and everyone who wants a deeper understanding of what makes a great story so captivating.

Write a Story

In this class, you’ll learn tools, advice, and tips on how to get started with creative writing. Josh Mohr will walk you through 9 creative writing prompts that you can share or keep for yourself, and be on your way to becoming an active writer.

Editing Mastery: How To Edit Writing To Perfection

In this course you will learn how top editors do their magic. How to professionally edit almost any type of nonfiction writing, and how to improve your own writing exponentially.

Humor Writing: Write Funny for the Internet

In this course, you’ll learn how to find a funny idea, transform it with a fresh point of view, write a rapid draft, and then revise your jokes for structure and style. Throughout the short lessons, Mike uses one of his most famous pieces to illuminate every concept and show us how true comedy gets written.

Grammar and Punctuation

This course is a refresher on some tools needed for good writing. 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

Writing Your Story

Celebrated journalist, novelist and memoirist Joyce Maynard will give you the tools you need to transform your brilliant idea into an absorbing memoir that readers won’t be able to put down. Maynard will walk you through the process of identifying your story and how best to tell it, and much more.

Wired for Story: How to Become a Story Genius

Lisa Cron has helped thousands of aspiring writers master the power of story so they can write a novel or memoir capable of riveting readers. In this class, you’ll learn: What your readers’ brain is hardwired to crave in every story they read. How to write a first draft that reads like a fifth draft, and cut down rewriting in the process. How to become a more confident writer, and more.

Write Your Book: Start Strong and Get It Done

Author, teacher and book coach Jennie Nash will help you learn about your characters, your structure and your story so you can stop staring at a blank page wondering what to write next and instead move forward with confidence. You’ll get to know your story inside and out so that this time, you’ll finally finish your book — and finish strong.

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