7 Free Online Writing Courses for Improving Your Web Writing Skills
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Those who work as freelance writers are always looking for new ways to improve their skills to gain an edge and remain strong in a very competitive marketplace. Writing for the web encompasses a lot of territory, from great headlines and attention getting hooks, to effective layout, keyword research/SEO and much more.
What follows is a list of free resources where you can enhance your writing skills and perhaps learn some new tricks of the trade. Writers are always growing and should always practice and look for new ways to update their skills.
The courses below will help you with everything from grammar and sentence structure to writing persuasive copy that sells. Improve your ability to write descriptions that come to life, enhance your creativity, and perhaps most importantly, grow as a person through your writing.
I made it my goal to include courses to help everyone, from those who have English as a second language and need to sharpen grammar and usage, to classes that can help established writers polish or even expand their skills. Writing is one of those areas where there is always something to learn and always room for improvement.
The Free Writing Courses I Recommend
One of the best resources that many people don't know about – unless you're a college student. I discovered this resource through my campus, but the exercises are free to everyone and are very extensive. Exercises are available for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure and style. If you have never had a chance to go through the online writing lab, you'll want to check it out. You will definitely have the ability to polish your writing here.
Use this course to learn how to improve upon descriptive writing. This course includes activities that are designed to help sharpen all of your senses; to change how you perceive "ordinary" daily events. As you learn to see the familiar in new ways, you'll not only change your writing style, but enrich your senses as well. Writing can be much improved by honing the capacity to see richer details. This course also teaches the writer how to make good use of one's own personal history.
This course highlights how typography and images affect the reader – for better or worse. The course gives examples of effective use of type/images and examples of what not to do and why. Writing always goes way beyond just words on a page, particularly when writing for the web. You have only a few brief seconds to catch and hold your readers attention. Knowing how to use placement, color, correct fonts etc can only improve your writing for the web.
This course looks at plagiarism, ownership rights, fair usage and other similar themes every writer should know about. Has someone stolen your writing? What are your options? Need to know that your quotes and citations fall under “fair use” laws and don't violate another persons copyright? This course is for you.
Grammar mistakes can make or break you. This course is an intensive 13 part workshop that will move from intermediate to advanced grammar levels. Whether you need to increase your English grammar knowledge and skills or simply need a refresher or practice this course has you covered. Some of the topics included are adverbs, conditionals, clauses, prepositions, past simple and present perfect tenses to name a few.
This is an excellent primer on copy writing including how to write a great headline, how to catch and hold a readers attention with a great hook or lead, how to appeal to the emotions of your readers, and how to establish your own credibility as a reliable source.
Learn the basics of writing great copy with these 10 simple lessons which includes writing headlines that work and the structure of persuasive copy.
Free courses are a great way to invest some time in yourself and your budding freelance career. Be sure to see my links section for other great resources to help you be the best web writer you can be.
This is my blog dedicated to helping you as a writer. Whether it's finding your niche or honing your skills, my site is an ongoing labor of love dedicated to the craft of writing.
All Inclusive Writer's Guide
This guide is an investment, but it is guaranteed to be your one stop resource for anything writing related. My last copy I bought at the campus 6 years ago. It is tattered and worn, but still sits on my desk. It's tabs make it easy to find any grammar, usage, and style information you need. MLA, ALA, Citing sources - anything you can possibly dream up is in this one reference book. If you only buy one book to help you improve your writing skills overall - this should be it. (Of course, I recommend way more than one :) )
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