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Choosing the Right Writing Course

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Even if you’re fairly confident in your ability to string together a coherent sentence, it never hurts to brush up on your writing skills. The deeper you move into your writing career, the more you will see other writers doing things you haven’t done – or even thought of doing.

Maybe you just need a refresher course on how to think and how to express your (or the client’s) thoughts.

To choose the right course, think about: 

  • What is my goal? – You will want to think about your goal first when it comes to a writing course. Are you looking to brush up on grammar or finding out ways to write for business clients? Those are vastly different classes.
  • What does the teacher write? – Google the teacher and find out what his or her professional writing life looks like. Do you want to accomplish what he or she has? If so, this teacher might be the right choice.
  • What is the price and can I get my money back? – If you’re not made of money, it’s wise to see what the price of the course is and whether you feel it’s a sound investment. If you’re still not sure, then maybe you can look at whether you are able to get your money back in the end.
  • What is the commitment? – When you’re a writer without a lot of free time, you need to think about the time you can commit to a writing course. If you don’t have a lot of spare hours, then a self-guided and self-paced course might be best.

Once a year, writers should at least think about taking a course, reading a book, or engaging in some other activity that can potentially improve their skills. Doing so helps writers grow and prevents their skills from becoming stagnant.

What are your thoughts on the need for writers to continually improve their skills? Please leave a comment below.

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  1. By Andrew Chatwoodon 24th, June 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’m working my way through the courses in the Humber College Technical Writing Certificate. I’ve been writing since the 80’s. These online courses have shaken me out of my rut and made things interesting again.

  2. By WAI_editoron 25th, June 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Andrew – thanks for the comment and for sharing your experience.

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