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Updated on July 16, 2016

Learning to write well is probably one of the best skills you can learn that will help you to get on better in every aspect of your life, as well as improving your chances to earn money. Writing is also a great hobby, so learning to write better helps you to enjoy what you're doing more.

You want to learn: but you're probably thinking that courses cost money, or they're nowhere near where you live, or won't fit into your daily schedule. Well, there's an easy solution to all of these issues.

The Internet's become such a large and sharing place these days that now there are lots of free courses online for you to get involved with and achieve your dreams.

It doesn't matter if you want to write a novel, write a screenplay, write your autobiography, write for other people, or even if you simply just want to write articles like this one you're reading in order to make money online.

Once you have the skills you need as a writer, it's then up to you how you apply those skills. Maybe you simply want to write a better covering letter to accompany your resumé when you apply for jobs! Or perhaps you want to start writing a blog about your hobby—or improve your writing on a blog you've already started.

All these skills are quite easy to learn - and you can learn the skill of writing with free online writing courses.

Why wait for a course to start, fund a writing course, then have the cost of travelling there and back to their schedules - save that money and invest it in some good books that will progress your studies instead.

MIT: Introduction to Literature

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a huge selection of undergraduate/graduate free writing courses online through its MIT OpenCourseWare initiative.

On the MIT website you'll find courses on everything from writing fiction, poems and essays through to analyzing just about every form of literature. MIT offer you free lecture notes, videos, their suggested reading lists and more, helping you to become a writer, without you ever having to attend a class or pay any fees.

There is no registration required. Their description of their "Introduction to Fiction" course says:

This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in a range of novels and narrative styles--traditional and innovative, western and nonwestern--and raises questions about the pleasures and meanings of verbal texts in different cultures, times, and forms. Toward the end of the term, we will be particularly concerned with the relationship between art and war in a diverse selection of works.

Free Essay-Writing Courses From MIT

MIT also offer free essay-writing courses that will help students improve their essay-writing skills. This is ideal if you're an adult learner who plans to return to education in the near future, or if you've just started a University course and are feeling a bit out of your depth. Their easy style will quickly get you up and running. What I like about this course is the ability to see the work of past students, in a showcase of good examples. I like to know where the bar is before I try to leap it!

MIT describe the course as:

This course is a workshop for students with some experience in writing essays, nonfiction prose. Our focus will be negotiating and representing identities grounded in gender, race, class, nationality, sexuality, and other categories of identity, either our own or others', in prose that is expository, exploratory, investigative, persuasive, lyrical, or incantatory. We will read nonfiction prose works by a wide array of writers who have used language to negotiate and represent aspects of identity and the ways the different determinants of identity intersect, compete, and cooperate.

Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode

This is one of many free writing courses online offered by Utah State University. English 2010 is designed to help you become adept at the process of writing and its purpose is to help you implement critical reading and thinking skills - as well as strategies necessary to the practice of persuasive research writing.

In short, this course will teach you how to argue effectively on paper. You will develop an awareness of your reading audience by writing multiple drafts, and learn to include well-documented, credible research sources.

Online Writing Courses That are Free
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Technology for Professional Writers

Technology has moved fast. Gone are the days when a writer needed a pencil and pad of paper, or maybe a trusty manual typewriter. If you've been writing for some time, you might now be starting to feel that technology's left you behind - and you're unsure where to go to update your skills in a way that's specifically relevant to writers.

This free online course from Utah State University might be just the writing course you're after as it's targetted at existing writers. They describe this writing course as:

You may already be an accomplished writer, but lack necessary technical skills to obtain the most fulfilling and best paid position in the writers' market. You may find that your degree in philosophy, history, or creative writing is not enough in today's technologically advanced job market. This course is designed to give the accomplished writer the technological skills needed in the writing industry.

This course's aim is simply to help you get the best paid jobs in the writing markets - and the best part is there are no pre-requisites to take this free writing course.

Improve Your English Writing Skills: ALISON.COM

ALISON.COM is a fairly new entrant to the free writing courses list. Their course "English Writing Skills" contrasts a number of different styles of writing, including:

  • Comedy
  • Descriptive
  • Spy
  • Thriller
  • Instructional text
  • Opinion pieces
  • Poetry

...and more. It also covers punctuation.

The course provides you with enough guidelines to express yourself in a variety of writing styles and is recommended for anyone wanting to improve their writing or English students who wish to enhance their essay-writing abilities.

Free Courses May Help You "Catch Up"

As you can see, these are quality, high level courses. And they're all free courses that you can do online, in your own time, at your own pace - for zero cost.

Whatever your reason for wanting to learn to improve your writing—for pleasure, for study, for income. And you deserve the best quality writing courses, even if you aren't paying for them!

A lot of people have missed out on a formal education and are now feeling "left behind" by others who had better, or more, opportunities. Well, now it's "catch up time"; you can take any, or all, of these free writing courses online and really enjoy the experience of learning to write better, to write better plays, to write better letters, to write better web content ... how you use your new-found writing skills is up to you!

But do something today - that's the real key. Don't delay any longer, you're here because you want to find out about writing courses online, so take it to the next level today and fulfil that dream you have inside you.


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      Shirley Harden 

      22 months ago

      I want to improve my writing career

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      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for all of the resources. I pinned this so I can used it later and look at the free courses. Good job.

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      Brian Leekley 

      7 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

      Thanks lots for this useful information.

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      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great Hub, thank you for the information. Will vote up and Pinit.

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      7 years ago

      I had not realized, until reading this, that there were such high quality writing courses avalable on line for no cost. Very interesting indeed.

      I'd just add that any screenwriting course will also be of infinite value to novelists of any genre. The principles of structuring and plotting that one learns in a screenwriting course are the same as for novel writing. The only difference is that screenwriters tend to have a much sharper sense of plotting and - to use movie terms - cut to the chase much faster than novelists.

      Thanks for a very informative and useful hub.

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      7 years ago from T & T

      Would you include HubPages in your free writing courses available online? I notice HubPages has advertised a free Apprenticeship Training Program. Does that program have merit?

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      7 years ago

      Very helpful resources for beginners like me, thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Indeed, I think we're all eventually going to move at the speed of the internet. Bravo to you for sharing this.

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      7 years ago

      Now I hve great info at my fingertips...thank you!

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      7 years ago from California

      Thank you for this hub too. You are very informative. I'm glad you take the time ti write these informational hubs. You're great!

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      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great advice! I'm going to check out MIT OpenCourseWare

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      7 years ago

      thank you for this hub it is very useful.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      7 years ago from NYC BABY

      Ah just what I needed! I love free useful stuff! Thanks for sharing:)

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      7 years ago from Ibadan

      This is a great and encouraging piece... thanks for sharing...

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      Susan Britton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am amazed that there is so much for free. I don't know how to thank you but am definatly checking some of this stuff out.

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      Joyette Fabien 

      7 years ago from Dominica

      This is indeed a great hub! I find your information clear, specific and very useful. I will certainly look into this and refer your sharing to other interested parties. Keep up the good work!

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      Diane Ziomek 

      7 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you for the information! I will be visiting the sites you mentioned to see if I can enroll to help me be a better writer. I like to think I am pretty good already, but I am also pretty sure there is always room for improvement.

      Voted up and useful! Have a great day!

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      7 years ago

      Hi, is there any free online course in science or in health or in writing that gives us certificates after assessment?

    • sofs profile image


      7 years ago

      This is one amazing hub... you have put together so much useful information. I am sure many will be helped. Thank you and God Bless!

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for some great information, I'm just about to apply for :D so much to learn, and at whatever pace.

      Thank you again.


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      Anil Kumar Bage 

      7 years ago from Kolkata,India

      Thanks for the great informative hub.I have just joined free online course on

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      7 years ago from United States

      Free writing courses are really great ..Very helpful for newbies..

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      7 years ago from Somewhere in the South...

      This is wonderful stuff, thanks so much!

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      Ania L 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Without a doubt you are my hero, it's just what I needed for the coming writing contest. The question is which course shoudk I choose first as all are tempting :) Thanks a lot

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      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You are right no knowledge is a waste. In the world to one must be very versity to be a well aounded person.

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      7 years ago from Lake Stevens

      Thanks for all the awesome links and descriptions! This'll keep me busy for a while =)

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      Jeremiah Walton 

      7 years ago from New England

      Useful and well written. Even if you're good at writing it's great to get a refresher

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      7 years ago from Pensacola, Florida

      Thank You so much for such a helpful and informative article, and the links were a great resource too! Thanks again for a job well done!

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      paul badger 

      7 years ago from Worcester, England

      This is a great hub. Thanks for the info!

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      7 years ago from Global

      Very useful, I learn a lot

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      Patti Riggs Hale 

      7 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      Good information! Thanks again.

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      Karen Graham 

      7 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I'm going to check a couple of these courses out right now, Thank you or the information.

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      7 years ago

      Well written hub. Thanks for all the information you shared with us. Saves me a lot of time not having to find them for myself. Cheers and thanks again.

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      7 years ago

      Great information about writing courses online. Thanks.

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      Vince Warner 

      7 years ago from Hailsham, England

      I will try some of these courses and hopefully become a better writer.

      Very useful information. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Great resource. Will spread the word

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      Tricia Mason 

      8 years ago from The English Midlands

      Definitely worth looking into!

      Thank you for this information :)

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      carrie haley 

      8 years ago from united states

      Great hub. Thank you. I am looking for a way to improve my writing skills and this seems perfect. I didn't even know these courses existed...what good news!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you, I was just looking for something like this. A friend of mine really needs some help with her writing.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you for sharing this information with all of us! Merry Christmas it is indeed. Thank you again. The very best to you.

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      8 years ago from cape cod ,massachuttes

      thank you really helpful article,and informative too.keep up the good work.have a merry christmas.

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      Melanie Duke 

      8 years ago

      Had not come across ALISON before. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, learning will be free.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you, earner. Very helpful hub!

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      8 years ago

      Ditto to what Earner had said "I think good, high quality, free writing courses, delivered online will be useful and interesting to a lot of hubbers (and other) writers."

      In this day in age, writing is the key to almost everyone's future. Getting better at it should be a goal for everyone. If you can learn one thing from these courses it would be worth it. (It's just finding the time (at least that's most everybody's excuse these days... though we have more productive time on our hands due to technology.. though that is offset by our increased communication.... sorry for going off on a tangent.) Great job putting this together!

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      8 years ago

      Hey, I am going to pass this Hub along. Thanks for putting together such a useful list.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      8 years ago from Europe

      Yeah, I totally agree with nettraveller but as we can see how fast the world is moving now, we are definitely coming to that. This hub is more than a blessing and a gift to me. I am really out of words and I do not know how to express my gratitude for this great awareness. A million books with a million pages each are definitely not enough to express my "Thank you" I hope to use this information wisely and diligently. Once again, its such a great hub.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Wow, one can get a world class university education for free. Everything except the degree itself. I wish that prospective employers would give applicants more examinations designed to test their qualifications for the specific job rather than rely on diplomas or degrees. It would allow them to consider all qualified applicants, regardless of the source their qualification came from. The challenge would then be in devising a test that was sensitive enough to select the very best. Very informative hub!

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      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think good, high quality, free writing courses, delivered online will be useful and interesting to a lot of hubbers (and other) writers.

      Even if you're good already, it can be a pleasant refresher to go through a writing course. And, with information being presented differently, there might be a few useful nuggets in there, or a reminder of a great style or writing tips that'd been forgotten.

      I hope somebody can make use of this list of free writing courses online, I'll be adding to it over the coming months too, hopefully!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for such a comprehensive hub. I learned a lot from it.


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