Learn all you need to know to become a good writer and editor.
The Electronic Writing Course teaches you everything you need to know to become a good writer and editor. Polish your writing skills at your own pace by working through the ideas, lessons, tips, quizzes, exercises and workshops.
The Course teaches you how to:
- Plan and organize effectively
- Write clearly
- Write concisely
- Write correctly
- Edit thoroughly
The Course teaches professional writing tips and tackles different writing tasks such as letters, reports, regulations, instructions, and emails. Based on training tools we designed for US Federal Government employees, the Course teaches you everything you need to know to become a good writer. At only $75 you can now sign up for a professional writing course to work at your own PC and at your own pace.
Writing Course Demo Teaches you how to write and edit like a professional editor.
Writing Course Sections
We’ve organized the Course into nine major sections:
Here’s the first Section – The Introduction. It includes Welcome to the Course, Using the Course, Writing in Plain Language and Plain Language Standards. It explains why you should write in clear and concise style. It also explains how you can use StyleWriter to back up the training in the Course and set standards to measure how your writing improves.
2. Clear Thinking
This covers learning to write well by thinking through your writing task before you start. It teaches the essential ideas of thinking about your Aim, Audience, Content and Plan.
3. Concise Writing
This concentrates on six poor habits that make writing too wordy. It teaches you to overcome these habits and to learn to write concisely.
Remember, StyleWriter shows you where to cut words from your draft. You will soon find you can write concisely so your reader concentrates on your message and does not have to fight through the waffle and padding so common in writing.
4. Clear Writing Style
This part of the Course teaches you how to write clearly by using simple, everyday words and avoiding jargon and abstract writing.
5. Correct Writing
This Section is a crash course in proofreading and correct English usage. It points out the mistakes and pitfalls most often found in writing. By learning what specifically to look for when you read your draft, you’ll soon become an expert proofreader. It covers:
- Correct spelling
- Correct punctuation
- Correct grammar
- Correct word use
6. Editing Skills
This Section draws together what you have learnt in the previous sections of the Writing Course. You’ll work on exercises designed to cut, simplify and correct writing examples. By working through each example, you’ll improve your proofreading and editing skills.
7. Writing Tips
This Section contains a host of writing and editing advice. It explains some of the main ways professional editors turn average documents into high-quality ones.
“After four years working with plain English, I was surprised by the many new ideas and techniques the Electronic Writing Course taught me. It’s like sitting down one to one with a professional writer and getting instant feedback. That packs a lot of learning power into a short time.”
– Tony Britten,
Environmental Protection Agency
8. Writing Tasks
This Section looks at the key drafting and editing techniques to use when writing and editing different documents.
9. Writing Workshops
The Writing Workshops show you how to edit whole documents – turning the theory you have studied on the Course into practical editing to transform style.
There’s a wealth of material in the Course. We recommend you go through a section – taking between one and two hours each – and then take a break.
Most people can finish the Course in about 20 hours – although to teach the material in a classroom would take about a week.