Free Writing Courses
These online classes at universities can help you become a better writer.
I have been a published journalist and author for 43 years, and I can tell you there is always something new to learn about writing. There are a gazillion course our there and there are more to come. I received information about the courses below via a mailing from Coursera, which has many free offerings from many universities and colleges. The titles are hyperlinked for your ease.
I am sharing this as a public service for writers. I have not enrolled in any of them and I am not affiliated with the universities. But these look cool!
Memoir and Personal Essay : Write About Yourself — Wesleyan University
Professional essayists and memoir writers show you how to write your own story with confidence and skill.
Creative Writing:The Craft of Character — Wesleyan University
Amy Bloom, Distinguished University Writer in Residence and Director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing, offers a course on how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and unforgettable characters. Study the choices a writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page, and partake in written assignments.
Good with Words: Writing and Editing — Michigan State University
Learn the mechanics of good punctuation, paragraph creation, and the mechanics of good writing.
Steps Toward Writing Your First Novel — Michigan State University
Learn how to write and complete a full-length novel of 50,000 words. The aim is to have a finished manuscript in hand at the end of the course.
Become a Journalist: Report the News! — Michigan State University
Develop and enhance your understanding of the global field of journalism as you learn ethics, and best practices.
Building Your Screenplay — University of Cambridge
Learn to strengthen you skills as a screenwriter, while diversifying your knowledge and understanding of the demands of global film and TV production.
Modern American Poetry — University of Illinois
The course highlights major poets and features twelve experienced faculty members from across the United States who present their analyses.
Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest — Commonwealth Education Trust
A course is for curious students and aspiring authors with a passion for writing for young readers.
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