Top 10 Best Free Online Writing Courses

Skillshare, Udemy, edX, Futurelearn, Coursera and many more. The list of online courses available nowadays can be endlessly long. The Write!’s team has prepared for you the best selection of free (well, some are almost free 😉 ) writing courses that might become a great help to all of you who is eager to write.

Secret Sauce of Great Writing

*watch the whole video below or enroll the course and get a certificate by following the link above

Do you dream of breaking out of a 9-5 job and making your mark on the world by writing an outstanding book or creating a magnificent blog read by thousands—if not millions—of people?
Here’s your chance to quickly learn how to superpower your business writing – cover letters, press releases, marketing copy and sales emails, and to make your blogs appear a thousand times more professional. In about 30 minutes, you’ll have learned a new way of thinking about your writing that puts you way ahead of the competition.
If you think you’re ready to dive into the full suite of principles just go straight to the course WRITING WITH FLAIR: How To Become An Exceptional Writer.

Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style

*€0.83 for 3-month access to any Skillshare course

In this class, Susan Orlean, best-selling author and longtime New Yorker staff writer, walks you through her writing process for transforming ordinary subjects into exceptional stories. She reveals how she prepares to write, takes a close look at her classic Esquire piece “The American Male at Age Ten,” and delves into why curiosity, revision, and collaboration are at the heart of being a writer.

In under two hours, this class demystifies the writing craft so that you can write a short and unforgettable profile of your own. Whether you’re an active writer, aspiring freelancer, or simply curious about the power of language, this class will help you navigate and polish the creative process of telling your best story.

The Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit

*€0.83 for 3-month access to any Skillshare course

In this 40-minute class, acclaimed novelist Simon Van Booy walks writers of all types through a simple process that makes writing approachable and fun. You will learn how to:

  • optimize your space for your writing style
  • create a daily writing routine
  • gather and act on inspiration

Perfect for authors, aspiring writers, and enthusiasts looking for a creative outlet, these tools are meant to be revisited often to build a long-term writing process you can rely on for years to come.

Creative Writing for All: A 10-Day Journaling Challenge

*€0.83 for 3-month access to any Skillshare course

Internationally acclaimed author Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge! Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks, it’s perfect for writers and enthusiasts eager to rekindle creativity in a personal and artful way.
Use this class to ban writer’s block and get your good ideas down on paper!

How to Write a Novel: Structure & Outline

Through hands-on weekly exercises with a focus on craft and process, as well as insights from the real-world practices of accomplished authors, this course explores the core elements of fiction writing necessary to build an outline. You will learn the fundamentals of character development, world-building and the basics of storytelling architecture. You’ll work intensively on your own creative project and hone your outline through feedback and discussion with fellow writers.

This course draws on the work habits of established authors to help writers move quickly toward creating a blueprint for a successful draft. Whether you’re seeking literary fame or working on a project to share with family and friends, this course offers the tools and skills necessary to plan a novel others will be excited to read.

Advanced Writing

By raising your level of academic writing, this course helps prepare you for college-level work.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • plan and write a more sophisticated argument essay
  • identify plagiarism and explain how to prevent it
  • read and analyze several articles to form your own opinion on a topic
  • make connections between several articles
  • form thesis statements from your readings
  • use sources effectively when writing an essay

Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot

In this course, aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot.  You will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires.  You will examine the choices storytellers make to snag our imaginations, drag them into a fictional world, and keep them there. You will learn how to outline and structure a plot, discuss narrative arc, pacing and reversals and reveal the inevitable surprise: connecting the beginning, middle and end.

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study

This course has been developed to help you learn the basics of academic writing and develop your English language skills.
You’ll develop some proficiency in key areas of ‘academic’ grammar, learn about the stages in essay writing, and produce an essay of your own. You’ll also explore how to organise an essay, write in an academic style, and use tools to evaluate your own writing and other learners’ writing, so that by the end of the course you’re able to write a good, basic academic essay.

Start Writing Fiction

 

Start Writing Fiction focuses on a skill which is central to the writing of all stories and novels – creating characters.
You will listen to established writers, such as Louis de Bernières, Patricia Duncker, Alex Garland, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tim Pears, Michèle Roberts and Monique Roffey, talk about how they started writing. You’ll consider the rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal.
You’ll learn how to develop your ideas and the importance of reflecting on writing and editing, and you’ll hear other writers talking about their approaches to research and consider ways of turning events into a plot.

 Academic and Business Writing

In this course, you focus on understanding the demands of different styles of writing, and continue to improve grammatical correctness, vocabulary development, and revision and editing skills. The five-week course includes material on vocabulary, tone, diction, and editing, all in the areas of academic and business writing. You will have the opportunity to write on a number of different topics and ideas, always centered on areas of interest to them. The course materials will be offered via readings and videos. Assignments include short writing assignments, quizzes, journal entries, and longer pieces.

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