Duration: 2 hours

In this course, you will explore how to research material for a non-fiction work, useful fiction techniques, and ways to utilise your current skill set. Creative non-fiction uses fiction techniques to create an engaging non-fiction work. It can include essays, memoir, and long-form journalism. Althougth it is creative, it is important to remember that creative non-fiction uses facts and research.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn a variety of techniques to help engage you reader. The course includes material on narrative structure, literary devices, and more. You will also learn about story rhythm, pacing, and how to use imagery to help readers create mental pictures of your story. Many techniques can also be used in poetry.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn the ins and outs of working as a professional writer. In this course, you will learn how you can develop a specialty area, including tips on research and how to find information. You will also learn important differences in publishing types, and discover useful ideas for working through writers' block.
Duration: 1 hour

Study common genres in children's writing and how books and stories shift according to a child's age. You'll also learn about other popular genres including science fiction, fantasy, and crime writing. The end of the course focusses on commerical and non-fiction work, including creative marketing.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to focus your intent, harness your motivation, and develop a strong writing practice. In this course, you will learn about time management, from plotting out an outline to writing a novel. You will also work through concrete exercises for planning, learn how to avoid disordered messaging, and how you can use narrative arc to increase tension in your unique story.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about creative writing -- what it is, types of writing and story telling, and key terms for new writers. You'll also learn some of the basics of plot, general characteristics of a creative writer and the differences between some more specialty types of writing, such as screenplays vs stage plays. An excellent introduction to creative writing for beginners; a worthwhile refresher for writers looking learn about other styles and approaches to try.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn how to get started with your editorial business. Discover how to sell yourself, and different approaches to getting work. You'll also learn about freelancing and how to decide if a freelancing job is for you. Includes material on the must-haves for an editor's website. Useful for new editors, or editors transitioning into online services.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn how to manage your work as an editor. Discover characteristics of good editors, tips on the differences between working with fiction and non-fiction, and common editing traps. You'll also learn strategies for good time management, how to work to deadlines, and how to set good professional boundaries.
Duration: 1 hour

Editors require strong communication skills. This is especially important in determining differences between what a client needs and what a client wants. In this course, you'll learn how to listen to your clients, then communicate professionally. You'll also learn how to set boundaries, write clear emails, and ensure everybody is on the same page. Useful for editors new and experienced alike.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to work through a project step-by-step. This course starts receiving the document, then steps you through ensuring everyone agrees on the work to be done through to final proofing. The course includes examples of what to work through, how to assess overall structure, and more. A vital course for new editors, and a useful refresher for experienced ones.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn common editing and proofreading symbols. You'll also learn useful proofreading tips, including how to work with images. Includes material on useful word processing tools, including track changes, and how to check for plagiarism. Useful for new writers, experienced writers wanting to improve their revision skills, and editors.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about different approaches to editing, and how to create a priority list. In this course you'll discover the differences in editing for grammar vs content and readability, and how to edit for clarity, accuracy, tone, and style. Includes material on different text types, including newsletters, blogs, and print material. Useful for writers, people working in community organisations, and editors.
Duration: 1 hour

Revise general punctuation, including commas, full stops (periods), and question marks. You'll also learn how to use italics correctly. Includes clear examples and explanations alongside notes for common errors. A useful course for writers, teachers and other educators, editors, and new English speakers.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about the components of language, including word families and structure. You will also review general sentence structure, including different types of clauses. Finally, you'll review differences in thought process and word order for English vs other languages. Useful for additional language learners and native speakers alike.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Revise parts of speech in English, including verbs, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, and more. You'll learn general rules for word changes (e.g. pluralisation) and clear sentences. Includes clear definitions, explanations, and examples. Useful for editors, writers, teachers and other educators, and additional language learners..
Duration: 1 hour

The use of capitals, abbreviations or arrangement of words into lists can vary from place to place and person to person, and the rules that govern these things are not always consistent. In this course, you will review the use of upper and lower case formatting, lists, abbreviations, and more. Useful for additional language learners, native speakers, editors, and educators.
Duration: 4 hours

Sentences and phrases are the basic building blocks of writing. Review the general principles of forming sentences, including clauses, phrases, and predicates. You'll also review the purpose behind different types or writing, the basics of constructing paragraphs, and types of referencing. Useful for additional language learners, native speakers, editors, educators, and people returning to study or work after a break.
Duration: 2 hours

Audio and video presentations are increasingly used for educational purposes. In this course, you will learn to develop scripts for training videos and other materials. Includes material on slideshows, voice overs, storyboarding, flowcharts, and how to incorporate other visuals. Useful for trainers, coaches, HR staff, and writers.
Duration: 2 hours

Writing for voice is different to writing scripts where there are also visuals. With voice-only scripts we rely heavily on the people’s voices and sound effects -- meaning specialty training is essential. In this course, you'll learn how to write scripts for a variety of audio, including radio and podcasts. Includes material on sound effects, music, and tone.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to write scripts for the internet, television, and film. In this course, you'll learn the differences in structure for a variety of media. You'll also learn about time frames, differences between fiction and non-fiction, writing on spec, and more. Useful for trainers, HR people, influencers, content managers, and educators.
Duration: 1 hour

Technical writing is used extensively in academic settings from school essays and assignments through to university dissertations and research papers. Most people are exposed to different forms of technical writing from a young age and become familiar with different types of writing formats.
Duration: 2 hours

Editing your own writing is an important skill that, for most people, needs to be developed. Just because you can write well doesn’t automatically mean that you are a good editor. Even the most skilled and widely published authors have their work rigorously edited. When proofreading, look for errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar etc. These can be difficult to find, so it can be very helpful to use spell check on your word processor, and to ask someone else to proofread.
Duration: 1.5 hours

A clear idea of expectations, tools required, and general preparation makes writing much easier. In this course, you'll learn how to clarify your writing goals and establish a time management plan. You'll also learn the stages of technical writing, how to work through the writing process, and tips for establishing a writing routine. Useful for educators, course developers, grant writers, trainers, and more.
Duration: 1 hour

There are different referencing systems. For instance, many academic journals have a unique referencing system which only they use. If you were writing or editing an article for submission in one of those journals you would need to be familiar with their referencing system. This course is for those who are willing to work more efficiently.
Duration: 1 hour

Research is part of adult learning, and will give depth and breadth to your growing knowledge. In all forms of technical writing, research is essential because it enables the writer to source credible information. In this course, you'll learn the basics of evaluating and selecting information, how to keep reference lists, and how to keep notes. You'll also learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Technical writing is different to other forms of writing. Other writing may be primarily designed to tell a story or, in a broad sense, to entertain, inform, educate or communicate; technical writing is more about documenting information as a reference i.e. information that is designed to instruct, explain or direct in a clear and concise manner. The purpose of technical writing can be as diverse as preparing a document that can be used by the owners of a new machine or device, a journal article or thesis that records the results of a piece of academic research or to simplify more complex information.
Duration: 2 hours

Technical writing often uses both words (text) and graphics to communicate information. In this course, you'll learn the principles of good technical writing, including how to use lists, analogies, and headings to transmit information effectively. Includes information on technical photography, combining graphics and text, captions, and other labelling.
Duration: 2 hours

Technical writing is a broad field. Many people who use technical writing probably only do so for specific purposes e.g. writing a research paper. Those who work professionally as writers may be required to write in a variety of formats depending on the nature of the document(s) required. In this course, you'll learn how to assess your audience, the basics of copyright, general layouts for research reports, and more. Especially useful for HR people, grant writers, editors, and educators.
Duration: 4 hours

A script is a document that tells us what we need to tell a story. It includes aural, visual, behavioural, and spoken elements. In this course, you will learn about different types of scripts and how to write an outline. You'll also learn how to create stories through visual cues and aural cues, and how to deepen a script with behavioural and temporal (time-based) elements. Includes examples and formatting. Useful for copywriters, editors, advertising execs, and other media professionals.
Duration: 3 hours

An outline is your plan for the script. In this course, you'll learn how to define the purpose of your script, sketch out the storyline, work through character arcs, and start sequencing events. You'll also learn about different types of outlines, how to get started, and how to use cliffhangers to help engage the viewer. Useful for new writers, writers transitioning into new formats, advertising execs, and editors.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn techniques for plotting the story for a screenplay. Every script involves a story. Stories can either be based upon an existing story (e.g. a novel, true life), while other stories need to be conceived and built from the beginning. In this course, you'll learn about the story pyramid, how to create effective storyboards, and study techniques for plotting the main story. Pairs well with our courses on outlining and writing the script.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Characters are essential to any script. In this course, you will learn how use character profiles to develop a character's motivations, desires, and goals. You'll also learn how to use language and speech to deepen a character. Includes examples, framework questions, and more. Also useful for new and experienced writers across genres.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Dialogue is the essence of a script. In this course, you will learn how to differentiate characters through their dialogue. You'll also learn how to distill the key parts of conversation and write tight, flowing dialogue that advances the story. Includes discussion of how to use other audio and sound effects to enhance the story. Aimed at scriptwriters and screenwriters, but also helpful for writers working in other genres.
Duration:

Learn how to write for advertising. Writing for advertising requires slightly different skills to writing elsewhere. A TV advertisement, for example, may last only 30 seconds, whilst a film can last three hours. A story will need to be told in those 30 seconds. It will need to have a beginning, middle and an end, so the story will need to be precise and clear and get its message across.
Duration: 1 hour

Scriptwriting is a business. In this course, you'll learn about the different types of scriptwriting work available, from mainstream media through to marketing services and the fringe media. Covers some of the ethics of working as a scriptwriter. Useful for writers, copywriters, content managers, and influencers.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Writers creating scripts for children must understand their audience and the purpose of their scripts. In this course, you'll learn how to develop work for fiction and non-fiction, and how to create hybrids of the two. Includes information on child development and socialisation, and how this relates to writing. Useful for teachers, educators, trainers, and more. .