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These online courses are 6 weeks long, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. You are not required to be online at any specific time. You register and pay on our website and instructions on how to access your course will be emailed to you immediately after registration.



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Advanced Fiction Writing

Advanced Fiction Writing

$190 + applicable tax



Do you have a story idea but aren't sure how to begin? Do your friends say you write well, but you're not sure how to get started on that first book? Do you have a manuscript, or parts of a manuscript, and need to know how to polish it for publication? Are you a published author who wants to learn techniques to write more effectively and efficiently?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Advanced Fiction Writing is for you!

In this course, you'll explore all the topics a writer needs to create a successful manuscript, including story structure, plot, character, dialogue, setting, suspense, conflict, action, viewpoint, tense, and even how to get published. Each lesson includes an assignment that will help you develop or polish your manuscript. And in the Discussion Area, you'll have an opportunity to share your work with classmates to obtain their feedback.

In Advanced Fiction Writing, you'll explore the essential techniques that are often overlooked by other writing classes and textbooks. And you'll explore them in a clear, step-by-step fashion that will make it easy for you to turn your story idea into a published book. Join us for the next six weeks, and you'll never look at fiction writing the same way again!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Story Structure
Welcome to Advanced Fiction Writing! During the next six weeks, we're going to take a detailed look at all the aspects of fiction writing, including story structure, plot, character, dialogue, setting, suspense, conflict, action, viewpoint, tense, and even how to get published. It sounds like we've got our work cut out for us! But don't worry. We'll take it one step at a time. We'll begin in this lesson by discussing the three-act story structure and how we can use it to create emotionally satisfying fiction.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Plot Templates
Where do plots come from? Sometimes an idea pops into our heads, and all of its details play themselves out as we jot them down. Other times, coming up with a good plot is a real struggle. Wouldn't it be great if there were some templates we could use to create plots that would work? Fortunately, there are. In this lesson, I'll introduce you to them.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Character Development
The driving force behind whatever you write is character. Without a well-constructed, believable character, your readers won't care about the story. And without a consistent, clearly defined character, you won't have anyone to traverse the physical obstacles of the plot. How do you create well-constructed, believable, consistent, and clearly defined characters? I'll show you in this lesson.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Viewpoint, Voice, and Tense
Today we'll turn our attention to viewpoint, voice, and tense. You'll have a chance right in the lesson to test-drive the ideas we'll be discussing. These road tests will give you an opportunity to try out your possible choices on sample scenarios and see how they work for you. Then I'll show you how I tackled them.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Setting
What good is setting, anyway? Isn't it just a bunch of set decoration that we can add without much consideration of the story or plot? Oh, no. Setting is actually one of your most powerful tools for conveying emotion. How so? Setting helps establish your story's mood, reinforces your theme, and immerses your readers in the story, which makes all your other words more memorable. We'll explore all these ideas in this lesson.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Advanced Scene and Sequel
To write your long form, it's vital for you to understand that every sentence contributes to the flow of your prose. Each paragraph relates to those that come before and after. In this lesson, we're going to delve into the internal structure of fiction, called scene and sequel. You'll discover how to use scene and sequel with the checkpoints of story structure, with dialogue, and with an eye to pacing. You'll also have lots of exercises to help you polish your scene and sequel skills throughout this lesson.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Conflict, Action, and Suspense
Today, you're going to learn about action and suspense. Conflict creates action. And it also creates suspense, which is the possibility of action. As essential as conflict is, it's surprisingly hard to write. Why? Because most of us spend our lives trying to avoid it. As a writer, though, you must immerse yourself in conflict. In this lesson, you'll learn how.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Dialogue
We spend a lot of our lives talking, so doesn't it seem like it should be easy to write dialogue? Actually, in many ways, it's the most difficult part of fiction writing. Creating convincing, meaningful dialogue that advances the plot and contributes to character development can be an author's greatest challenge. In this lesson, we'll meet that challenge and see how to succeed.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Beginnings and Endings
There's only one chance to make a first impression—that's as true of fiction as it is of people. So in this lesson, we'll examine how to make your first impression with your first few lines. You'll also see how to make a lasting impact with your story's last few paragraphs. I'll show you lots of great examples that should help you to spark your own creative ideas.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Symbols, Metaphors, and Writing Big
Writing is more than a profession. It's also an art. As we begin writing our long form, we have many artistic tools to work with. In this lesson, we'll look at a few of them, including symbols and metaphors, plus techniques for writing "bigger."

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Bring Your Story to Life
One of the most common bits of advice to authors is "show, don't tell." In short, it means letting your readers make discoveries through your characters and their surroundings, not because you, as the author, explained it to them. Telling is a trap even very experienced authors can fall into. In this lesson, we'll explore ways to avoid it. We'll also look at the differences between drama and melodrama, and when to use each of them.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Self-Editing, Submission, and Marketing
In our final lesson, we'll explore the steps you'll follow to get your book onto the shelves of your local bookstore. First, you'll need to edit your first draft into a polished second draft. Then it's time to find an agent, a publisher, or a printer. Finally, you need to take the initiative in marketing your book. If that sounds like a lot of effort, it is. But seeing your book in print makes everything well worth it.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Business and Marketing Writing

Business and Marketing Writing

$190 + applicable tax



Are you a writer working in the business world? Or a marketing professional responsible for obtaining great marketing copy? Maybe your boss made you the company writer, but you've never had any training. Or maybe you're just interested in a writing or marketing career.

Whatever your background, this fun, introductory course will teach you to write or identify copy that achieves business and marketing goals. Improve your work, your knowledge, your company's image, and your chances of getting hired, promoted or applauded!

Using clear explanations, real-life examples, and an animated style, the course solidifies the relationship between business and marketing principles and written communications. You'll learn how business and marketing objectives affect writing choices. You'll get practical writing instruction in grammar, clarity, structure and more. You'll understand issues unique to this discipline, such as buzzwords, working with a team, and marketing ethics.

Whether you seek to improve your own writing or learn to identify effective copy, this course will help you understand the power of writing - and use it to present a solid, cohesive message to your target audience.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

The Role of Business and Marketing Writing
We'll start off our first lesson with a discussion about the purpose of marketing and the goals of writing, and then we'll talk about the unique roles, responsibilities, and challenges of business and marketing writing. You'll learn exactly what business and marketing writers do, and where we stand as we begin our exploration of this exciting field.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

The Ins and Outs of Image
Before you can write or recognize successful copy, you'll need to understand your corporate identity: who the company is and what the company offers. In this lesson, we'll delve into all the aspects of corporate image that writers and marketing professionals need to ponder before producing effective projects.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Writing Approaches and Strategies
Now that you understand image, what can you do with it? Building on Lesson 2, today we'll analyze business and marketing goals—and the needs of your audience—to figure out the appropriate writing style for any project.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Media
It's a creative field, but certain projects require certain conventions. In today's lesson, we'll discuss how a particular medium or project type can guide your writing style and approach, helping you save time and stay on target.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Putting It All Together: Writing Project
In this lesson, we'll gather up all the information we explored in the previous four lessons and put it all together. I'll illustrate how to apply everything you've learned so far as we develop an original writing project from start to finish.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Complete and Incomplete Sentences
Do you need to write in complete sentences? What is a complete sentence, anyway? In today's lesson, we'll go through a brief refresher on sentence construction, and we'll go over some guidelines for using fragments in business writing. You’ll also learn to recognize and fix one of the most common errors in modern writing: the comma splice.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Word Choices
You can't write without words! In Lesson 7, you'll learn to make accurate word choices. We’ll discuss the level of vocabulary appropriate for business writing, and you'll learn how to choose words that reinforce a project’s theme. We’ll also clarify some tricky word pairs and discuss word-choice problems whose usage can undermine the professionalism of our writing.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Internal Communication
In today's lesson, we'll take a critical look on the inside. First we'll discuss how to develop "marketing" projects for audiences within a company. Then we'll explore the roles of the various specialists who contribute to a single marketing piece—bosses, clients, editors, junior writers, artists, and designers. You'll learn how to work with all of them to create smoother relationships and better projects.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Banishing the Bureaucracy
For even the most experienced writers, bureaucratic influences can creep in to reduce creativity and impede communication. In this lesson, we’ll take a look at buzzwords and jargon, and then explore some ways to achieve maximum power and effectiveness by keeping your writing clear, concise, and active.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Editing, Proofreading and Evaluating
In Lesson 10, we'll explore the final steps. You'll learn to enhance and refine business and marketing projects during the editing and proofreading processes. You'll also learn to evaluate finished pieces and even test their effectiveness in the real world!

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Putting It All Together: Editing Project
Today, we’re back to putting it all together, but this time as editors. In Lesson 11, we’ll apply everything you’ve learned so far in the course, editing a project from beginning to end.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Marketing Ethics
Marketing deals with images, so it's easy to lose sight of the truth. In this, the final lesson of the course, we'll go over some important considerations that marketing professionals need to think about.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Effective Business Writing

Effective Business Writing

$190 + applicable tax



Do you have a nagging suspicion that a small improvement in your writing skills might also improve your career prospects? Don't let small gaps in your business writing skills prevent you from reaching your full potential! It doesn't matter whether you're a clerical worker, an engineer, or an executive. If you communicate with others in writing, you need this course to help you identify and eliminate problem areas. By the end of this course, you'll know the secret to developing powerful written documents that immediately draw readers in and keep them motivated to continue until your very last, well-chosen word.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Writing as Problem Solving
In this first lesson, you'll learn a brainstorming technique that will help make writing easier and more fun for you right away. You'll learn how to disentangle the efforts of your creative and critical sides, and you'll come to understand why both sides are important components of good writing. You'll also learn why writing is one of the best problem-solving tools around.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Why Write and Who is Your Reader?
Here's where you'll learn a helpful system for organizing your writing, whether it's an e-mail, a formal letter, or a companywide memo. You'll start by picking out a document you have to write anyway so you can begin to put your new writing knowledge to use right away. You may as well get some work done while you're learning, right? Next, you'll nail down why you're writing this particular document and who your reader is. A second brainstorming technique will help you have fun thinking through these two questions.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Benefits You Can Offer Your Reader
In this lesson, you'll learn to make your readers do what you want. Your readers will be happy, too, since they'll get what they want in this win/win system. You'll learn the seven basic benefits you can offer your reader and how to write the crucial first sentence of your document. You'll learn one more brainstorming technique that will help you capture good ideas, words, and phrases.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Sequencing Your Ideas and How to Write Your Ending
Master seven strategies for putting your ideas in order and learn how poor sequencing can sabotage your efforts. You'll also discover the best way to end any document. It's an idea that may surprise you!

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Revising, Formatting, Editing, and Proofreading
Revising, formatting, editing, and proofreading may all sound similar, but they're four distinct activities. In this lesson, you'll learn how revision is a process of exploration and discovery. You'll learn formatting strategies that will invite your reader in. You'll also learn to be a ruthless editor and professional proofreader.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

What Words to Take Out
In this lesson, you'll learn how to write clearly and concisely. You'll explore three mistaken notions that lead business writers to use lots of convoluted phrasing and needlessly long words. You'll examine the pitfalls of using business clichés, jammed modifiers, trendy words, jargon, foreign words, redundancies, and hedging adjectives.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

What Words to Put In
In the last lesson you learned what words to remove from your document. In this lesson, you'll learn what words you should include to make your business writing more compelling. You'll learn the four parts of the written communication process. You'll find out why the verbs and nouns you choose make a major difference. You'll also learn more ways to make the task of writing more enjoyable for you.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Strategies for Good Spelling and Punctuation
Today, we'll look at strategies for good spelling and punctuation. Everyone needs this review! To keep it fun, you'll get to deal with the topics of spelling and punctuation by taking some easy quizzes. It's a chance to learn by doing. See how good your spelling and punctuation skills really are. You'll learn that punctuation is not a tyranny of rules, but an evolving protocol to help you communicate. Finally, you'll capture your weak areas on a Tips Card.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

One Easy Grammar Lesson
Why do you have to bother with grammar? You'll find out why in this lesson. Take the Grammar Blitz Quiz to discover your grammar strengths and weaknesses. It will help you fill in the gaps that remain after years of boring grammar classes. You'll learn why using the active instead of the passive voice can be a demonstration of your integrity. You'll also explore the traps pronouns set for those of us sensitive to gender issues.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Getting the Tone Right
Getting the tone right in business writing can be tricky, especially in e-mail. In this lesson, you'll get to tackle your worst moods with one more brainstorming technique. You'll learn how to defuse any negative emotions that might get in the way of your problem solving. You'll also learn how your attitude toward your reader, your topic, and your own needs determines your tone. As you go through the lesson, you'll learn two easy ways to eliminate unintentional tone mistakes.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

When You Have to Say No
In this lesson, you'll learn why being able to say “no” with grace is a crucial business skill. A five-part format will give you a solid strategy for writing documents that say “no” while retaining the goodwill of your reader. You'll learn how to keep bad news letters, memos, and e-mails positive and helpful.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

On E-Mail
All about e-mail: Here's an up-to-date review of all the ways e-mail is different from other kinds of business writing. You'll learn tips on how to write e-mail that gets the job done. You'll find out some of pitfalls of using e-mail, including its legal status in court. You'll also discover how to manage the tone of your e-mail so that it doesn't accidentally offend your reader.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Fundamentals of Technical Writing

Fundamentals of Technical Writing

$190 + applicable tax



Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. This course will teach you the skills you need to succeed as a technical writer. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, and how to become a wizard at marrying the art of publishing with the science of technology. You'll learn the secrets of successful technical writers, including technical writing conventions, interviewing skills, desktop publishing and formatting techniques, key tips for developing graphics and templates, documentation management, and how to publish documents both on paper and electronically. You'll also learn how to get your first job as a technical writer, plus tricks of the trade that enable you to create high-quality documentation with less work.

Course Revised May 2014

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Technical Writing Overview
Technical writing is a relatively new profession, but people have been writing technical documents for centuries. In our first lesson, you'll learn the fascinating history of technical writing, plus how the instructor (and many others) became technical writers and how technical writing employs both the logical and creative sides of your brain.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Preparing to Write
Technical writing requires preparation. In this lesson, you'll learn the basics of project management for your documentation project (including average amounts of time you should dedicate to different writing activities), key questions to help you analyze your reading audience, and how to organize the information you gather.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Gathering Information
In today's lesson, you'll learn powerful communication skills that will help you get the information you need. You'll find out how to develop your listening skills and use body language that keeps you alert and encourages the people you're interviewing to talk with you. You'll also learn how to ask questions that help you get the answers you need more efficiently, and how to apply principles of adult learning when you're analyzing the information you've gathered.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Writing Skills
Do you ever get writer's block? Most writers do! Today you'll learn how to shut off your internal editor and give yourself permission to write your first draft more quickly and easily. You'll learn tips that will help you keep writing even when you realize you don't have all of the information you need, plus you'll have more confidence after you finish the grammar and punctuation review in this lesson, which includes tips about how to make your writing more interesting.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Tech Writing Conventions
Every profession has rules and conventions that separate the novices from the pros. In this lesson, you'll learn all about time-honored technical writing conventions, such as using parallel structure, an inverted pyramid style of writing, effective headings, and lists.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Graphics
Should you save your graphics as bitmaps, gifs, or jpgs? In this lesson, we'll go over the difference between the most popular graphics file formats and guidelines for using each. You'll also learn about a new file format called PNG, and how to create screenshots on your PC, then manipulate your shots in Windows' Paint, saving you the expense of far more costly graphics programs.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Document Formatting
Formatting your document can be critical to its success. In this lesson, you'll learn how to choose the typeface or typefaces you want to use and principles for using type effectively in your document. You'll learn about the things you need to keep in mind when laying out your pages. We'll take a look at some layouts that are commonly used in technical documents, then we'll discuss how to achieve those layouts using Microsoft Word.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Microsoft Word's Paragraph Styles
Microsoft Word has nearly a 93% market share for PC-based word processing, and it's the de facto standard for most corporations and government agencies. Chances are high that you'll use it at some time in your technical writing career. In fact, most companies require that you be proficient with Word when considering you for technical writing positions. So in this lesson, you'll learn how Microsoft Word is different from other word-processing applications and how to use, modify, and create Word's paragraph styles.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Document Templates
When companies use Microsoft Word for their documentation, they expect you to know how to use and create Word templates. In this lesson, you'll learn quick ways to build templates, plus you'll learn some Word skills that will help you dazzle potential employers, such as recording macros, customizing your toolbar, and using cross-references, AutoText, and captions.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Creating Indexes
Did you know that indexes are the most widely read section in any technical document? In today's lesson, we'll review indexing conventions, and I'll provide a few tips on building a great index for your document. You'll also learn how to use Microsoft Word to make indexing a bit easier.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Editing and Proofreading
To polish your document and make it the best it can be, you need to proofread it and edit it. In today's lesson, you'll learn tips from professional proofreaders and editors, as well as ways you can use Microsoft Word to help you check your spelling and grammar.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Publishing Your Document
Publishing your document is an exciting time. All of your hard work is almost done—or is it? In our final lesson, you'll learn about different printing options and trends in publishing. We'll also explore ways you can use your technical writing skills in the job market, a four-step plan for getting your first job, and some ideas about freelancing. Questions are always encouraged!
Any version of Microsoft Word is acceptable. This course is not suitable for Macintosh users.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Grammar Refresher

Grammar Refresher

$190 + applicable tax



The key to effective writing and speaking is English grammar.  Whether you are just now learning the basics of grammar or if you need a refresher, this course will help you develop the foundational skills you need.  In this course, you’ll explore the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, foundational sentence construction, and we’ll even get into the details of phrases, clauses, problem words, common grammar mistakes, and much more! An instructor will guide you every step of the way as you learn grammar through hands-on, practical exercises.  You’ll also learn through short videos, examples, and even fun games.  Take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence!

Benefits of Instructor-Led Courses:

  • Two lessons are released each week, so you never feel overwhelmed with your workload
  • Access an expert instructor to reinforce your learning and get feedback
  • Learn from your peers and engage in weekly discussion forums

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Using Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives
Today we'll explore three common parts of speech: The noun, pronoun, and adjective.  We'll review some of the basic types of nouns and you'll learn how to tell the difference between them.  Then, we'll explore pronouns.  You'll learn how personal and possessive pronouns are used as well as how subject and object pronouns and used in sentences.  Finally, we'll take a look at adjectives and articles.  You'll explore how adjectives modify nouns and how to use them in your writing.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Using Verbs and Adverbs
Today we'll explore verbs and adjectives.  You'll take a look at both action verbs and linking verbs.  We will review the basic types of verb tenses and how to use them effectively in your writing.  Finally, we'll explore adverbs, which modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs.  You'll learn how to use (and not overuse them) in your writing.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Using Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
Today we'll look at the last three parts of speech: prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.  Prepositions show relationships between nouns and pronouns. Conjunctions are used to connect words, phrases, and clauses within a sentence.  Finally, interjections are used to show feeling and emotion.  You'll see how these three parts of speech work in sentences and how to use them correctly in your writing.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Capitalization and Punctuation
In this lesson, you'll explore the most common types of punctuation (except the comma).  You'll explore the needed capitalization rules and also take a look at the three types of end punctuation.  You'll also explore the rules and usage for colons, semicolons, quotations, apostrophes, and parenthesis.  By the end of this lesson you'll be able to use these punctuation marks correctly and effectively.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Commas
In this lesson, you'll explore the most common type of punctuation, the comma.  You'll explore the various rules that govern comma usage in the English language while also learning how to use commas effectively in your writing.  By the end of this lesson you'll know how to place commas correctly in a variety of sentences.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Sentences

In this lesson, you'll explore complete and incomplete sentences.  You'll see what makes a sentence complete and how to avoid incomplete sentences.  Then, we'll turn our attention to the kinds of sentences in the English language:  Declarative (makes a statement), Interrogative (asks a question), Imperative (issues a command), and Exclamatory (shows strong emotion).  Finally, you'll explore some common problems and pitfalls to avoid when writing sentences.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Plural and Possessive Words
In this lesson, you'll explore plural and possessive words.  Plural words refer to more than one; while, possessive words refer to nouns and pronouns and show ownership.  There are several rules you must follow to form plural and possessive words and there are also exceptions to those rules.  In this lesson, you'll explore the rules and have plenty of opportunities to practice your new grammar skills.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Difficult and Confusing Words
In this lesson, you'll explore some of the most difficult and confusing words in the English language.  There are many words that spell or sound similar, yet have very different meanings.  In this lesson, you'll explore those words, including homophones, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to practice your new skills.  In your writing, you never want to use the wrong words and this lesson will help you avoid those common pitfalls.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Phrases
In this lesson, you'll learn about phrases in the English language.  Phrases are groups of words that have distinct meanings and perform certain functions within a sentence.  In this lesson, you'll explore the following types of phrases, including prepositional phrases, appositive phrases, gerund phrases, adverb phrases, adjective phrases, infinitive phrases, participle phrases, and absolute phrases.  You'll have plenty of opportunities to explore examples and practice your skills with each type of phrase.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Agreement
In this lesson, you'll explore the issue of agreement.  Within the English language, parts of a sentence must agree in different ways.  We'll explore subject / verb agreement, as these two sentence parts must agree in number.  We'll also take a look at pronoun / antecedent agreement, as these two parts must agree in number and gender.  Finally, we'll also see how using the correct conjunctions can correctly connect words or sentence parts together.  You'll have plenty of opportunities to practice these agreement issues and resolve common agreement problems.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Common Sentence Problems
In English, words come together to create sentences.  A sentence is a unit of thought, and each sentence must contain a subject and a verb to be complete.  However, there are three common sentence errors that writers often make.  In this lesson, you'll explore those three common errors, the run-on, the comma splice, and the fragment.  You'll learn how to avoid these errors in your writing and how to fix these common problems.  You'll have plenty of opportunities to practice your skills in this lesson.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Becoming a Better Writer

The study of grammar doesn't stand on its own.  The purpose of studying grammar is to improve your English speaking and writing skills.  As we wrap up the course, we'll put your grammar skills to work and look at ten writing tips that can help you.  You'll explore the ten tips and have opportunities to practice your writing skills in this lesson.

Note: This course teaches American English grammar. If you're an ESL student who isn't yet fluent in written and spoken English, please consider enrolling in Grammar for ESL Students with Sabri Bebawi.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
How to Make Money From Your Writing

How to Make Money From Your Writing

$190 + applicable tax



You really can make money with your writing. Whether you want to create your own business, add to your income, supplement your retirement, or boost what you're earning as a writer, you'll find the how-to's here.

In just six weeks, I'll share secrets, methods, and tips to help you generate income with your writing. This class includes all the practical information that so rarely gets taught in writing classes.

Now I know in most courses and social groups it's taboo to discuss money . . . but not here. We'll embrace it! Making money is the focus of the lessons. 

You'll explore a dozen genres that can help you establish a sometime, part-time, or full-time career as a writer. Along the way, you'll learn methods to work faster, suffer less rejection, and bring home more bacon (even if you're a vegan like me).

You'll get facts on ghostwriting, collaboration, writing for the Web, writing for new technologies, article and essay writing, and novel and nonfiction book writing, plus I'll give tips for finding publishers and agents. And you're going to practice different writing techniques in a safe environment as I mentor you.

Please join me for this course. Fulfilling (and lucrative) writing work is waiting for you!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Getting in Gear to Write
Where do great ideas come from? How do best-selling authors get to be that way? What makes writing so very scary, intimidating, delicious, and wickedly wonderful? How are words pulled from nothingness and zapped to the screen or printed page? What makes writing nearly addictive to one group of humanity and yet an overwhelming task for others? Are there born writers? Can anyone learn to write? Why do some people get published and others fail? Today, we'll start answering these questions and begin the journey to becoming a better writer.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

The Writing Life
Have you ever heard that to be a writer, you only need a pen and paper? That's true. Yet, too many writers throw in other requirements—from a year of unfettered time, to a trust fund that will keep them in caviar until the royalties come flooding in. In this lesson, we'll delve more deeply into the writing life as we expose some myths about writing.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Self-editing and Researching
Today we'll discuss self-editing and researching. Self-editing and researching are both skills you'll want to learn so you can sell your work. It's highly unlikely you'll ever sell a first draft, and it's equally as unlikely that you'll sell something you didn't research. So join me in this lesson, and I'll teach you some simple tricks to make your work shine!

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Writing for Magazines
Today's lesson could be called Magazine Writing 101. If you've written for magazines before, then today's lesson will be a refresher or a nudge. If you haven't written for magazines and would like to, today you'll find out indispensable information that will get you going. With this info, you could find your niche and begin making money as a freelancer, possibly while you're working on your novel.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Writing and Selling Other Short Works
In the previous lesson, we focused on writing nonfiction articles for popular magazines. But you won't find every magazine that uses freelance work in your grocery store or big super bookstore. There are magazines, publications, and periodicals with otherwise large distribution that never even get to these places. And these magazines are looking for short works such as short stories, columns, essays, and poetry. Today we'll talk about how you can sell your short works to magazines and newspapers.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Writing Novels
Some writers just love to write long fiction and have a story that is burning to get out. If you fit into this group, or just wonder how one goes about writing a novel, then this lesson should speak to you. You'll find out why some of us need to get that book out and what it takes to do so. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a working knowledge of the genre possibilities and what it takes to write a novel. You'll learn how stories are found, how some famous novelists were discovered, how to stay motivated, and what has stopped a few hopeful writers from writing.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Writing Nonfiction Books
Now it's time to give the nonfiction genres a turn. Adults are infatuated with nonfiction and it sells better than any other type of book. There are scads of different genres in nonfiction books. In this lesson, we're going to focus on the types of nonfiction writing and how to get a project started, written, and noticed by publishers and agents. Nonfiction books concern real people, places, events, information, or situations. Whether you're addicted to reading nonfiction, or just want to learn all you can about writing, this lesson will give you valuable information that will help you better understand the world of publishing.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Ghostwriting
What does it mean to be a ghost in the literary world? This lesson will give you the scoop on this lucrative business. If you have a talent for emulating peoples' voices, and if you're fast, efficient, and good with people, this might be the field for you. Today we'll talk about how to advertise and find clients, how to select appropriate clients, and how to maintain a good working relationship so you can produce the best book possible.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

The Roles of Editors and Agents
Today, we're going to talk about the roles of editors and agents. Specifically, you'll find out what each of their jobs includes and why you need to know this information. If you're currently writing a novel or a nonfiction book, gathering a collection of poetry or short stories, or maybe just dabbling in the idea, you'll want to read this lesson carefully. Find out how agents interact with editors at publishing houses and how you can interact with agents and editors.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
Attend any writing conference or sit with a group of published writers, and you're bound to hear words like: self-publishing, POD, copublishing and e-publishing. In this lesson, we'll discuss the options that are often called alternative publishing. If you're serious about joining the world as a writer, you should be aware of these options. They're not for everyone, but the information I'll give you today will help you make sound career and financial decisions.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

The Business Side of Writing
This lesson is all about the legal side of writing. Today, you'll see sample agreements and contracts that should keep you in good stead as you become the writer of your dreams. We'll also talk about royalties, advances, and the scoop on that lovely green stuff that pays the bills.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Time Management and Marketing for All Writers
Saturday comes, finally. The house looks like a disaster hit. The kids need shoes, the dog has a vet's appointment, and you swear that the health department might condemn the car. Unlike Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you can't seem to click your heels hard enough to make it all disappear. You've got a yearning, a deep burning to write, but the clutter, the mess, the hours spent doing things for others (okay, and procrastination) are eating at your heart. What does all of this have to do with creativity? Check the clock, because it's all about time management, and that's what you'll learn in this vital lesson.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Research Methods for Writers

Research Methods for Writers

$190 + applicable tax



Attention all writers! Learn how to efficiently and effectively conduct research for any writing project: fiction, nonfiction, business . . . even term papers and dissertations. Modern research techniques are boundless. The trick is to know where to look and what to look for.

This six-week online course teaches the best methods for mounting a search on any subject.

You'll take a virtual guided tour of the library and how to maximize its precious resources, and you'll discover how to access public records, conduct successful Internet searches, and explore other similar treasure troves of information.

Personal interviews, public reports, surveys and polls, and historical research are introduced and dissected. A special lesson on Guerilla Research reveals secrets for the undercover researcher. As a plus, detailed instructions are offered for getting organized before embarking on research and getting the most out of information once it's gathered.

This course will give you the tools you'll need to successfully gather and incorporate all the information any polished and professional writing project requires.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Research: The Foundation of Writing
In this introductory lesson, you’ll learn why good research skills are necessary for effective writing. You’ll unleash your creativity with the exciting “Mind Mapping” tool to identify your subject—in both a general and specific way—to help refine your research before you even begin. You’ll also learn the importance of understanding jargon and technical terms specific to your subject, which will leave you much better prepared to begin your project.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Let's Make a Plan
You probably already know that much time can be wasted if research is conducted in a disorganized manner. In this lesson you’ll learn how to organize a plan for your research and how to keep organized once your research is underway. We’ll identify the first steps of research, including choosing between academic and anecdotal research, primary and secondary sources, and which resources will be the most productive for you in the early stages of research.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

The Library: A Virtual Field Trip
The library is still the most all-inclusive resource for research, but many people aren’t aware of the treasure trove of information residing within its walls. This lesson will take you on a virtual field trip through the many library sections and departments, introducing and reviewing the materials available, including periodicals, microfilm records, Lexis-Nexis, rare books, reverse directories, government reports, maps, old telephone books, and many others. You’ll discover resources that you never knew existed.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

The Personal Interview
One of the most productive resources for researches is the personal interview, but it can be intimidating. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to find experts and how to prepare for an interview. You’ll learn the keys to formulating questions designed to get the very best from your subject. By the time you finish this lesson, you’ll feel confident and competent to approach your interview subjects with ease.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Getting the Most out of Reports and Studies
Perusing reports can seem about as much fun as a root canal, but it’s worth it when you find nuggets of information essential to your research. This lesson will introduce you to numerous valuable reports, including census reports, public company reports and a multitude of government reports. You’ll learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff, winnowing out the pertinent information, and how to assess a report not only for its content but also for the reliability of its source. As a bonus, you’ll be given some guidelines for turning statistics into prose.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

History: Fact or Fiction?
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to incorporate history into your writing, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. You’ll discover what you’ve probably suspected all along: the truth of history is often shaped by the perspective of the historian. This lesson will teach you how to evaluate different perspectives, how to spot “rewritten history,” and how to zero in on fact versus mythology.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Public Records: A Treasure Trove of Information
Today’s lesson will introduce you to the numerous public records that are waiting to reveal information about persons, places, and things. Real estate records, birth, marriage and death records, civil and criminal trial records, bankruptcy filings, construction records, and political campaign information are but a few of the many records available to the public. By the end of this lesson, you’ll know what’s out there and how to get to it.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

The Internet: A Researcher's Best Friend
Conducting research on the Internet can be a valuable time-saver. It can also allow researchers to fall into the trap of believing everything they read. This lesson will discuss Internet reliability: what you can trust and what you should mistrust. You’ll also learn skills for effectively using search engines for your research, for both general and specific topics. You’ll find many useful research links, and we’ll discuss issues such as when you should and should not pay for your information. The Internet has as many pitfalls as benefits, and this lesson will show you how to avoid the pitfalls.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Creating Your Own Information
Some researchers can’t resist the lure of using information that has never before existed. This lesson discusses the value of collecting your own data by way of surveys, studies, interviews, polls, and questionnaires. You’ll learn how to effectively create these instruments of data-gathering, and you’ll learn the difference between valid statistical sampling versus informal, nonscientific results, and when the use of each is appropriate.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

guerrilla Research
Have you ever had difficulty finding cooperative sources of information? This lesson will reveal the secrets of Guerilla Research; i.e., how to get answers when the questions are being evaded. You’ll learn techniques for gaining the confidence of reluctant interview subjects, as well as methods for digging and snooping. In other words, you’ll learn how to get what you want when the direct approach isn’t working.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Attribution: Giving Credit When Credit Is Due
Once your research has been compiled, much of it will be quoted or paraphrased within your manuscript. In today’s lesson we’ll discuss the importance of proper attribution as well as the technical methods for crediting your sources. You’ll learn how to painlessly create a bibliography, and you will also learn how to decide between citations, footnotes, and endnotes for your work. You can easily avoid copyright violations by gaining a basic understanding of copyright law, along with the fundamentals of fair use and permissions. Writers know how important it is to protect themselves, and in this lesson you’ll learn how.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Pulling It All Together
Your research is complete, your facts are gathered; now what? In this final lesson, you’ll learn what to do with all the research materials you have accumulated. You’ll learn how to identify what is valuable and what should be discarded. You’ll gain insight on both the writing and the editing process, and as a bonus, you’ll learn how to avoid some of the most common word-usage mistakes. This lesson will give you the final skills you need to produce a well-researched, polished manuscript.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
The Craft of Magazine Writing

The Craft of Magazine Writing

$190 + applicable tax



Have you ever thought about writing for magazines? Turn your dreams into bylines and help yourself to a bright future as a magazine writer. It's fun, it's easy, and a great source of extra income. If you're a determined new writer, or if you haven't written for magazines in years, this class will jump start your career. You'll learn plenty of powerful brainstorming techniques designed to practically write every article for you.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Getting Started; Finding Ideas
Did you know that you don't have to be an expert on a topic to write a magazine article about it? And you don't need a wall of diplomas to be a writer, either. If you think it's necessary to have taken formal courses in writing, journalism, or communications to write, reconsider that idea. In this lesson, you'll discover where ideas originate and get started as a writer of nonfiction magazine articles.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Getting Started; Finding Ideas (Continued)
Ask a magazine writer about the genres available to this profession and you'll learn about consumer topics, informational pieces, question-and-answer formats, true crime articles, and a bunch more. You'll hear about how-to articles, too. If you've been seriously thinking about writing for magazines—which I hope you have—you need to know about the categories. You'll begin that investigation today.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Getting to Know Your Market Guidebook
You've just purchased the latest market guidebook with the writing guidelines for oodles of magazines. It's awesome, complex, and exciting. If you feel overwhelmed, you're not alone. Some new writers get copies of market guidebooks and, once they've thumbed through them, put them aside. The books can be intimidating. But after this lesson, you'll be a pro at selecting magazines that want articles from you. By the end of it, you'll be able to use an innovative outlining tool, called The Bubble Method, which will help you make every single topic a potential article.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Getting to Know Your Market Guidebook (Continued)
What is a query letter? Do nonfiction article writers really need them? How can you write one that will capture the interest of editors? That's what we'll discuss today—giving you a foundation for writing a query that sells your ideas.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Producing Articles; Using E-Mail
In this lesson, you'll get a quick review of production tips and grammar rules. But the gem is a section on how to interview the people, experts, and celebrities that you'll be writing about. Whatever type of article you write, you may have occasion to interview someone. Not being an effective interviewer will diminish your chances of success. However, what you learn today will make interviewing fun and easy.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Producing Articles; Using E-Mail (Continued)
Money. It's the topic of this lesson, and we'll discuss it in depth. Then we'll debunk that bugaboo, writer's block. Yes, writer's block is out there, waiting to get your attention and stop you in your tracks. But today you're going to learn how to simply acknowledge it and then get writing once again.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Writing Clearly; Knowing Your Reader
Do you know your reader? Most new writers say, "Hey, of course I do." Then they look at me as if I'm from the planet Zod, and they seem to be saying, "What a silly question." But unless you know who you're writing for and write in a fashion that captures and sustains a reader's interest, you'll find writing for magazines a huge challenge. So, today, we'll talk about writing for a reader, ways to create clear and crisp writing, and writing fillers and essays.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Writing Clearly; Knowing Your Reader (Continued)
Have you ever wondered how magazine writers know how many words are right for a specific topic? Have you thought about where sidebars come from? Do you want to gain credibility for a nonfiction book and further your profession, cause, or company? You'll get answers to these questions and much more here, in today's lesson.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Employing Sound Research Techniques
By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to research topics for articles and understand how to get yourself into the research picture. It's nearly painless and really fun once you know the techniques professional magazine writers use.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Employing Sound Research Techniques (Continued)
Do you need to interview an expert or get a quote from one to make your article sparkle? You probably have a book in your house right now that would supply what you're looking for. Today, we'll talk more about finding experts to make your articles sizzle. Then we'll examine the tools you need to self-edit. Self-editing is the polish that turns okay writing into publishable words.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Marketing Your Articles with Spin-Offs and Revisions; Seasonal and Theme Articles
Recycle your research and you'll be able to sell and resell ideas without reinventing the wheel. That's the focus of this lesson. We'll also discuss writing about theme and seasonal articles, locating regional publications that would be crazy not to have you write for them, and networking with others to increase the number of articles you sell.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Marketing Your Articles with Spin-Offs and Revisions; Seasonal and Theme Articles (Continued)
You're about to print an article on which you've been working for a week. It's dynamite and headed for publication in a major magazine. This is your lucky break. As weird as it seems to a cyber-savvy writer like you, the editor wants a printed manuscript. After thinking, "This magazine is still in the dark ages," you smile and comply. However, you've run out of paper (or need a printer cartridge) or stamps or some other indispensable writing supply. If this hasn't happened to you yet, it may, unless you realize that time is money. Time management is our final topic and since we only have so much time in our days, today you'll learn how to use what you have, and use it well.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
The Keys to Effective Editing

The Keys to Effective Editing

$190 + applicable tax



Ask any published writer and you will hear that a good editor is not just helpful, but essential. If you aspire to be an editor, this copyediting course will teach you the fundamentals of top-notch editing for both fiction and nonfiction. If you're already working as an editor, you'll not only brush up on your skills, but will also learn about recent advances in your chosen profession. If you're a writer, you will learn essential self-editing tools to give your manuscripts the professional look that publishers like to see.

From the language of editing to grammar, punctuation, and syntax to the all-important relationships between editor, author, and publisher, every facet of editing will be explored in this copyeditor course. Online editing is gaining popularity; its complexities will be unraveled and its advantages and pitfalls explored. Can you make a living as an editor? Tips and resources for finding work will be addressed at length. When you finish with this course, you will feel confident enough to tackle even the most complex of manuscripts.

Course Revised June 2016

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

What Editors Do

Have you ever wondered just what editors do with writers' manuscripts? In this first lesson, you'll find out. You'll learn about the different types of editors—copy editors, acquisition editors, developmental editors, production editors, and more—and exactly what their jobs entail. Because this course focuses on copy editors, we'll explore the three levels of copyediting: light, medium, and heavy. Finally, you'll be introduced to five immutable laws of editing designed to make your job as a writer or an editor much easier.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

The Mechanics of Copyediting

If you've ever seen a document that an editor has marked up, you probably wondered what all those funny-looking marks and symbols meant. In today's lesson, I'll reveal the mystery. I'll display and define the traditional copy editors' marks, and you'll learn to use them as a sort of shorthand to fix errors. Then we'll turn to electronic editing and all the various programs you can use to edit on-screen, including how to edit PDF documents. By the end of the lesson, you will have a solid foundation for editing both on a paper manuscript and on-screen.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Tools to Increase Accuracy
Editors must focus on many details to produce a final manuscript that's as error-free as possible. So in this lesson, you'll learn about the tools we use to catch inconsistencies in spelling, capitalization, numbers, and more. We'll discuss reference books, style manuals, style sheets, and final checklists, all of which editors use daily. By the end of the lesson, you'll have a clear understanding of what tools you need to edit effectively and efficiently.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Grammar and Punctuation
Editors and writers must deal with grammar and punctuation in every sentence. Today's lesson will offer a refresher on the basics of grammar and punctuation as well as reveal some of the more common related problems that arise in writing. You will come away with a solid understanding of the basic grammar principles as they apply to copyediting.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Spelling, Capitalization, and Numbers
Today's lesson will take you into the world of spelling, capitalization, and numbers. Many people are surprised to learn that there are actually rules governing how words are spelled and capitalized, and whether numbers should be spelled out or in digit form. You'll learn not only the rules but also the exceptions. The benefit of knowing all the variations is that you'll create consistency in your work, and your editing or writing will shine.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Syntax and Style
Today we'll explore all the writing pitfalls that can leave readers in a state of confusion. You'll learn to recognize and fix garbled syntax, mixed metaphors, nominals, redundancies, and much more. You'll also learn how to untangle overly wordy sentences, how to eliminate sexism, and how to create parallel structure. One of your goals as an editor or a writer is to produce clarity. This lesson will put you firmly on the path to achieving that goal.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Abbreviations and Hyphens, Bibliographies and Copyright Law

When is it appropriate to use an abbreviation? When should you hyphenate words? Most people have a general knowledge of abbreviations and hyphens, but when it comes time to actually use them, they can be mystifying. Today, we'll examine the rules that guide their use. Then we'll dig into a less-glamorous but critical part of a manuscript: referencing quoted material. We'll close the lesson with a discussion of copyright law, the basics of which every editor and writer should be aware.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Photos and Tables, Front and Back Matter
Manuscripts are much more than just text. In this lesson, you'll learn how to edit such peripheral material as tables, charts, photos, and captions. If you've ever seen a caption that didn't fit the photo it was describing, you'll understand the need for this extra scrutiny. Next, you'll learn all about the components of a book that come before and after the text, namely, the front and back matter. You'll learn the function of parts such as the foreword, the table of contents, the index, and many more.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Fiction Editing
Today we'll focus on fiction editing. It requires a few more skills than nonfiction editing does, the most important of which is the ability to analyze story problems. Every novel is different, and a good fiction editor will help guide the author to take the story where it wants to go. In this lesson, we'll define narrative summary, exposition, point of view, and character arcs. We'll also explore how to create effective dialogue and look at the many fiction genres. By the end of the lesson, you should have the necessary tools to tackle fiction editing.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

The Editor-Author-Publisher Relationship
The relationship between an author and an editor is tricky at best. Throw a publisher into the works, and you have the potential for a powder keg of emotions. In today's lesson, we'll examine how to keep life harmonious within the author-editor-publisher relationship. Writers will be able to see things from the editor's perspective, and editors will learn how it feels to be in the author's shoes. Both of you will gain insight as well as a good brush-up of your people skills.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Word Usage
After 10 lessons of absorbing the technical elements of editing, it's time to have some fun. Today, we'll home in on the intricacies, inconsistencies, and irregularities in the English language. These are the things that defy classification but still are important to know. You'll learn about oddball words and phrases, the dos and don'ts of usage, and the many ways in which language is like a puzzle that's never finished.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Finding Work as an Editor
This might be the most important lesson of all. Today, you will learn how to find work as an editor. Whether you want to begin a freelance career or are interested in a staff position, all the help and advice you'll need to achieve your goals is in this lesson. You'll also learn some basic business practices that will make your life as an editor easy.
Although this course will teach English grammar, punctuation, and style, you must be fluent in English and have a better-than-average spelling ability.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Write Fiction Like a Pro

Write Fiction Like a Pro

$190 + applicable tax



What's the single biggest difference between professional authors and novices? Professionals know how to structure novels and stories for maximum dramatic effect. This course helps you develop the same story structuring skills the pros use. You'll understand how your passion, theme, premise, and characters help you create the structure of your story, and you'll discover how viewpoint, dialogue, pacing, and many other techniques are used to build scenes and move your story from beginning to end.

Each assignment in this course helps you develop your own original novel or story. As you apply each technique, your story will take shape, with a clear path from beginning to end. And whenever you have questions or insights to share, you can join your instructor and classmates in the Discussion Area for some interactive brainstorming! Before you know it, you'll be prepared to ...write fiction like a pro.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Story Structure
The name of this course really says it all! For the next six weeks, we'll focus on techniques that professional authors use to write effectively and efficiently and that guarantee a story structure that delivers maximum emotional impact. After all, connecting with your audience is what great writing is all about, right? In this first lesson, we'll explore the idea of story structure, and you'll discover that nearly every piece of fiction that works follows the same fundamental rules. We'll also look at the often misunderstood difference between story and plot, a concept that will be vital throughout the rest of this course.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

The Dramatic Elements
At the heart of every story are the dramatic elements of passion, theme, character, and premise. Your passion is what drives you to tell your story, and the theme is the underlying message it carries. To convey your theme, you'll create characters who represent that theme—either positively or negatively. Put all of these together and you've got your premise. We'll talk about all of these elements in today's lesson.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Character
Character is what story is all about. Without a character, and a change in that character, there can be no story. In this lesson, you'll discover why the best characters are flawed. We'll explore your main character—the protagonist—and the opposition forces of the antagonist. And finally, we'll take a look at the other characters who round out your story.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Act 1: Hook, Backstory, and Trigger
Today's is the first of three lessons in which you'll see how to construct a story outline, act by act. In Act 1, you'll learn how to hook your readers. Then you'll fill them in with some character history called backstory. And finally, you'll exit Act 1 with a bang by triggering a traumatic event in the life of your protagonist.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Act 2: Crisis, Struggle, and Epiphany
If Act 1 ends with a bang, Act 2 starts with a whimper. Your protagonist begins in crisis, an emotional state brought on by his or her flaw. And because of that flaw, your protagonist will struggle throughout Act 2, as the antagonist delivers setback after setback. Fortunately, at the conclusion of Act 2 your protagonist finally figures out the source of all this emotional distress and how to overcome it.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Act 3: Plan, Climax, and Ending
The epiphany that ended Act 2 has prepared your protagonist for triumph in Act 3. Now it's time to devise a plan. The result will be a final confrontation with the antagonist. In this lesson, we'll discuss the best way to arrange the defeat of your antagonist—it's not what you might guess. Then, with that climax behind you, you're ready to tie up loose ends in the ending.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

The Story Idea
We've accomplished a lot in the last few lessons. By now you should be pretty comfortable with story structure. In the next three lessons, we'll take the concepts you've learned so far and apply them to the development of a real novel. Today we'll begin by using the dramatic elements to create a character, his or her flaw, and then put it all together into a formal story idea.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

The Story Outline
In this lesson, we'll expand the story idea for a novel into the nine checkpoints of our three-act outline. This is quite a challenge for just one lesson, but we've become pretty expert at this story structuring stuff by now, so let's go!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

The Long Form
Now that you have your outline—and a beautiful one it is!—it's time for that magical moment when you begin expanding it into the long form. Yikes! The actual novel is about to materialize. We'll begin by inserting markers for the scenes that support and develop the outline. Then you'll start expanding those scenes and threading your theme throughout. This is really writing like a pro!

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Plan Like a Pro
One of the most important choices an author makes is viewpoint. It affects every aspect of the story—from theme, to pacing, to suspense. In this lesson, we'll explore the three most common viewpoints—omniscient, third-person limited, and first person—and discover their advantages and disadvantages. Then we'll dig into techniques for developing characters and establishing a convincing story logic.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Plot Like a Pro
In this lesson, we'll look at techniques for refining your plot and controlling its pace. Then we'll unravel the internal structure of every piece of fiction you've ever read, discovering a structure that I bet you never knew existed. After today, you'll never forget it. It's called scene and sequel.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Write Fiction Like a Pro
Now that your novel, play, or screenplay is well underway, it's time to think about polishing the final product. In this lesson, we'll look at some techniques for making your writing sparkle, including tips on dialogue and imagery and how to use them to show, not tell. We'll also see how to establish your own unique voice, paying special attention to the aspects of cadence and musicality. Finally, we'll talk a little about the creative process and your role now that you know how to . . . write like a pro.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers

Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers

$190 + applicable tax



Who doesn't know the fear of the blank page? How can we transform our visions into the written word? Is it really possible to become a terrific writer? You'll find the answer to these and more of your questions in Writeriffic. In this high-energy class you'll learn lots of tricks from the published writer's toolbox. Whether you're at work now or hoping to write a novel, a nonfiction book, a memoir, short stories or articles, Writeriffic liberates the imaginative, inventive bolts of genius that are inside everyone. If you've ever dreamed of hearing your writer's voice and writing what's in your heart and head, this class will make it happen.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

The Nature of Creativity, Creativity and Self-Discipline, and Finding One's Voice
What is creativity? What's a writer's voice? Can writers be taught to write or is it a gift that only a few possess? Today, we'll talk about the nature of creativity, and about self-discipline. You'll learn about your writer's voice and hear from other writers. And then you'll begin to express your creativity.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

The Nature of Creativity, Creativity and Self-Discipline, and Finding One's Voice (Continued)
Tenacity is the focus of this lesson and you'll be a whiz at focusing your writing voice once you've worked through this information. You'll also learn why creativity is recess for the brain. But even though it's the ultimate fun experience, to produce writing, it needs to be managed play. Are you ready to play with words? Jump right in. I'm here to help you!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Creating a Workspace, Molding a Creative Life, Feeling the Fear of Starting, Knowing Your Reader
What are your fears? For many emerging and successful writers, there's a fear of beginning, of failure, of failing your muse. This lesson walks you through the gate of failure and will get you started as a professional writer. The best way to get over the fear of starting is to do just that: Start. Many writing instructors, including me, believe that creative people must simply show up at the page. That means getting to your creative project and putting down words. Ready to start?

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Creating a Workspace, Molding a Creative Life, Feeling the Fear of Starting, Knowing Your Reader (Continued
Do you know your reader? Most new writers say, "Hey, of course I do!" But how well do you know your reader? If you're at all vague about this, there may come a time when you'll be frustrated and feel rejected by editors and agents and the audience you wish to attract. Writers need to know their readers thoroughly in order to write so that readers understand the message. That's our focus today and it may be your biggest a-ha moment of the course.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Types of Creative Writing Opportunities, Clipping Files, Market Guidebooks, the Bubble Method
Some people—those who aren't writers—believe that creative writing refers only to fiction. I write both fiction and nonfiction, and using my creative muscles for each keeps me agile and strong as a writer. As those of us who cross this line know, both types of writing take skill, tenacity, and powerful imaginations. Today, we're going to go over some of the genres in both fields. The objective of this lesson is to familiarize you with the many creative writing opportunities that are available.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Types of Creative Writing Opportunities, Clipping Files, Market Guidebooks, the Bubble Method (Continued)
You've just purchased the latest market guide, filled with guidelines for submittals to publishers and magazine editors. The book is awesome. Now looking at it, you understand how a child feels who has eaten too much cotton candy and hopped on a merry-go-round. Market guides can be overwhelming and exciting. There's so much potential. Where to start? How do you find the right magazine or publisher for a project? How can you know when it is the right one? These are just a few of the questions that you may ask. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to navigate through it. But there's more. Today, you'll learn one of the most powerful brainstorming and writing tool around. I call it the bubble method and it's fun, fast, and effective.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Grammar,Self Editing, Production Tips and Finding Time to Write
For most writers, the idea of using correct grammar and punctuation is a necessary evil. Today, you'll get a clear concept of the grammar and production requirements for creating marketable writing. And since self-editing is an essential ingredient to produce good writing, we're going to focus on that, too. Most writers have a difficult time editing their work, but once you finish reading this lesson, you'll be well on your way to putting polish on your words.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Grammar,Self Editing, Production Tips and Finding Time to Write
Sorry to break the news to you: Even professional writers haven't found out how to squeeze 26 hours into every day. But there are ways to manage the ordinary 24 that could help you. That's what we'll explore in this lesson on time management for creative writers. By the end, you'll know how to use nonwriting time to create ideas, and use the time that's available to write.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Overcoming Obstacles and Building Confidence, Fearing Ourselves, Naming Characters and Selecting Titles
Today, you'll learn about overcoming obstacles that may be stopping you from writing. One obstacle, called writer's block, can be remedied once you know about the ailment. Or, writer's block can stop you cold in your tracks, never to write again. In this lesson, you'll continue to build confidence as you realize that all writers have fears, including fear of what is lurking inside a creative mind, and what might happen when it comes out in writing.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Overcoming Obstacles and Building Confidence, Fearing Ourselves, Naming Characters and Selecting Titles (Continued)
Names and titles convey information. So the title of your story, novel, nonfiction book, or article is important. It can turn readers on and generate excitement, or do the opposite. Titles can't be copyrighted, so you could call your book on dust storms in Death Valley Gone with the Wind and not fear copyright infringement. However, doing so could lessen the impact of your work. This is the focus of Lesson 10. We'll also talk more about writing essays.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Evaluating and Sharing Your Work, Attending Writing Conferences, Treating Yourself Well, Keeping Your Dreams Alive
Now is the time to ask yourself: Do I like my writing? Is it more than okay? No one is listening to us so let's forget about false modesty. If writers are honest, they'll usually say they like their own writing. Some of us, and I'm in this category, adore most of what we write—including the secret scratchings in our journals. It's healthy to say we like our work. This doesn't mean that we can't strive to improve it—that's what drafts are all about. It means that at a certain point in time, like this second, the writing is as good as it can get—for now. Tomorrow we'll find ways to improve it. In this lesson, we're going to delve into ways to evaluate our own work. Plus, you'll learn everything you need to know about having a successful experience at your first (or next) writer's conference.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Evaluating and Sharing Your Work, Attending Writing Conferences, Treating Yourself Well, Keeping Your Dreams Alive (Continued
Dream smashers. They're in all of our lives. These are the people who pride in saying, "You've got to be mature. You could never do this or that." Today, we'll look at how to overcome the power of doubters. You'll learn how to treat yourself like a professional writer, even if you're still an emerging one. You'll discover why it's smart to buy the books and magazines you need, take writing classes, and attend workshops. Writing is all about you, and you have the power to succeed!
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Write Effective Web Content

Write Effective Web Content

$190 + applicable tax



Is your Web content as effective as it could be? Would you like more visitors—more sales—and better search rankings? In this course, you'll gain tips for crafting content to make your website or blog into an exciting multimedia place for visitors.

You'll learn how to develop a website writing style that speaks to your readers' needs and ensures that your content is clear and easy-to-understand. We'll explore ways your Web copywriting can convey the right "feel" through your content, how to get conversations going with your visitors, and how to organize your content to produce better search engine rankings and happier readers. 

But today's Web is about a lot more than words. You'll also explore all kinds of multimedia from images to infographics to slideshows to screencasts, as well as ways to encourage interaction with your readers, such as polls, surveys, and quizzes.  

Finally, we'll examine ways to make your online copywriting appear as professional and authoritative as possible. By the end of this course, your content will be well on its way to rising to the top of the billions of pages on the Web!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Elements of Effective Web Content
There's Web content on just about any topic you can imagine. While the topics and purposes of the content may all be different, the writing strategies you need to know to create effective content are all very similar. In our first lesson, we're going to identify the three key areas you need to understand to make your content effective, whether you want to sell, entertain, or do something else altogether. You'll also find out about a free tool you can use to learn what people on the Web are actually looking for!

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Developing Focused Content
All writing comes from ideas, so that's where we're going to start this lesson. I'll show you how to bring focus to your ideas using a free, Web-based tool. Then, we'll examine the inverted pyramid writing style and see how and why you should bring the focus of your content to the top of the Web page. We'll also look at lots of examples of different types of Web content, and we'll examine how we can focus the content and use the inverted pyramid to get the most important information out right up front! Of course, if we want to attract lots of readers to our content, it also needs to be entertaining. So we'll look at some strategies to help you accomplish that too.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Organizing Content
Organizing Web content is easier than you might think—and it all starts with an outline. If you've dreaded outlining in the past, not to worry. I'll show you some quick tips for making outlining as simple as A, B, C. We'll also look at how headings can help you organize content and chunk information for your readers. Surfers like to scan content for information, whether they're looking for product guides on your business site or the opposing sides of a debate on your blog—and writing effective headings can not only keep readers on your site but also help them find what they want. That's a win for everybody, isn't it? Finally, we'll talk about bulleted lists and when and how you should use them to group information for your readers!

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Easy-to-Understand Content
We're going to focus on writing content that's easy to understand in this lesson. We often call this type of writing plain language. I'll help you identify the "fluff" in your writing, or the words and phrases that don't add anything but unnecessary word count. The advantage of keeping your writing easy-to-read is that your visitors will understand your message the first time they read it, whether you're talking about your business or a favorite subject on your blog. I'll share some free tools that will tell you how easy your content is to read—and even what grade level it's suited to. And we'll also discuss the indexes and scales the tools use to analyze your writing, so you'll know what the results mean.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Content That Sells
Do you have products you want to sell? Would you like to know some surefire ways to get more followers for your blog? Are you focused on public awareness for your cause? If you're looking to persuade your readers to a specific course of action, then you'll find this lesson particularly useful. Today, we'll discuss the ins and outs of writing content aimed at persuading readers. You'll find out how to reel in readers using power words and how to keep the search engines on your side with keywords. We'll also talk about the importance of honesty in your writing and how to check for that as you compose your copy. Ready? Let's call those readers to action!

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Content That Builds Relationships

The modern Web is often called the social Web—it's a Web where being connected matters a lot. And because connection and online relationships are so important to readers, this is something you'll want to pay attention to. Today we'll look at ways you can build relationships, whether your readers are customers or followers or just interested in what you have to share. We'll talk about the importance of the word you, something salespeople have known for years! And we'll also look at how to create content that engages readers in a conversation—and also the power of positive language.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Blogs and Microblogs
Song birds aren't the only things that tweet! You'll enjoy this exciting journey through the wonderful world of blogs, from personal blogs to content blogs to microblogs like Twitter. In this modern world of social networking, blogging is much more than a way to reflect on your day-to-day life. Blogs, whether long or short, are rapidly becoming an integral part of every business's marketing plan. Research shows that Web readers trust bloggers more than advertising—in fact, 60% of surfers say they feel more positive about a company after reading blog content on its website. This lesson examines what makes an effective blog, and we'll also look at the ever-expanding world of short blogging tools!

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Images and Multimedia
Driving down any busy city street shows us that we live in a visual world. From neon lights to enormous flashing billboards, we find our attention drawn in dozens of different directions. The same is true on the Web. Text just doesn't do it anymore, no matter how well you've written it. Web readers expect pizzazz! And that's just what we'll be talking about in this lesson. We'll discuss how to find free visuals and multimedia elements on the Web and how to effectively use these elements to enhance your content.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Multimedia Tutorials
Want to add some pizzazz to your Web content? Today we'll explore different types of multimedia that you can include on your Web pages, such as screencasts, slideshows, and videos—and we'll look at how to create educational content using these media. Tutorials are a terrific way to draw in new visitors, no matter what multimedia format you choose. You'll learn how to create tutorials for your blog or website, writing scripts, creating storyboards, and adding screen captures for illustrations.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Polls, Surveys, and Quizzes
Customer service is easy if you use polls, surveys, and quizzes effectively with your Web content. Plus, these tools can also help you develop relationships with your visitors by learning more about them. Even if surfers leave comments on your blog or website, a poll or survey can help you understand more about their thoughts and needs. Not sure how to write a poll, survey, or quiz? That's what this lesson is all about. Not only that, I'll introduce you to services that let you add free quiz activities to your Web content to give your readers more reasons to visit regularly.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Intellectual Property
Whether your Web content is how you make your living or how you have fun, it's important to know how to protect it from theft. And it's also a good idea to make sure you understand what content you can legally reuse on the Web. Today we'll explore intellectual property laws—specifically copyright and trademark laws—and how they apply to your online content.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Some Final Tips
For this final lesson, we're going to step away from content creation and take a look at three important areas that readers use to place a value on your content. I'll help you identify some of the most common writing errors—and give you tips on how to be sure you've got them right! Of course, the final thing your content needs is a title, so we'll take a look at how to write some great ones. And then I'll guide you through the process a reader takes to evaluate your Web content, which will help you ensure that yours measures up. Once we've finished, you'll be confident you've covered everything it takes to create effective Web content!
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018
Writing Essentials

Writing Essentials

$190 + applicable tax



Master the essentials of writing, and become the stellar wordsmith you always wanted to be! In this course, you'll develop the skills you need to excel at business communications, express yourself clearly online, and take your creative literary talents to a new level. 

Whether you're hoping to get a better job, write for a blog, or publish your short story, this course will give you the writing tools you need for success. It's also a perfect choice for students who speak English as a second language.

You'll gain confidence right away as you practice free writing and discover how to create solid drafts. You'll improve your writing skills by learning to select strong and persuasive words, spell correctly, and choose the right punctuation. Then you'll find out how to put it all together by crafting well-written sentences, building effective paragraphs, and organizing your material logically. And finally, you'll explore ways to make the most of e-mails and other forms of electronic communication.

With the knowledge and hands-on practice you gain from this course, you'll be able to express yourself clearly and persuasively in writing—both in your personal life and in the business world.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Writing: Your Dynamic New Tool
Welcome to Lesson 1, where you'll learn important concepts to help you write better today! You'll learn a strategy that will free up every bit of your existing writing skills and help you gain confidence when you write. Practice begins now with a new technique that will help you get your thoughts out onto the page so you can work with them. It's a great way to start on your goal of becoming a confident, accomplished writer. Whether you need to write on the job or you're eager to write for publication, this lesson will help!

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Words: Picking the Right One
Prepare yourself for some major upgrades on your ability to choose effective words! In this lesson you'll learn to recognize what kinds of word choices work and why. You'll come away with an understanding about word choices that cause your readers to feel confused or uninterested. You'll have the pleasure of discovering how to find the word you want and also how to goof around with words so you enjoy writing more. Finally, you'll practice, practice, practice. It's fun, so feel free to dive in and splash around!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Spelling: Tips and Practice
It's time for spelling practice. Not only will you review problem words, but you'll get acquainted with 10 helpful rules and five helpful tips to make you a better speller so you can spell better from now on. You'll identify your own particular spelling demons and learn a strategy to cope with them once and for all. This lesson is filled with the kinds of resources and spelling practice you've been looking for.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Usage: Which Word Goes Where
Here's your chance to get acquainted with common word usage difficulties and master them. You're about to learn to pick the right word at the right time and put it in the right place in your sentence. You'll practice choosing between similar sounding words that have different meanings. You'll get helpful explanations—at last!—about tricky usages that may trip you up daily. Feel free to delve into an information-packed lesson that will add to your knowledge of correct word usage.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Sentences: Writing Them Effectively
Your writing ability is building after the first four lessons! In Lesson 5 you'll integrate all you've learned so far—how to capture your thoughts, choose effective words, spell correctly, and master word usage—by mastering techniques that will help you write effective sentences. Here you'll practice constructing sentences that have energy and precision by learning four simple tips, deciding which words to take out, and communicating your ideas logically.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Ending Punctuation: When, Where, and Why
Whisk through a handy review of the three main punctuation marks used to end sentences: the period, the question mark, and the exclamation point. But that's not all. You'll benefit from practicing how to identify and fix run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and the overuse of dashes and ellipses. Round out your exploration with the challenge of combining quotation marks with the ending marks. You'll get a fine update on what works and what doesn't with this first of three full lessons on punctuation.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Commas: Mastery at Last!
Commas! Yes, you can master their use. Lesson 7 is designed to give you confidence in your comma placement. You'll learn how to use commas to create energy and precision in your writing. Instead of memorizing an intimidating list of rules, you'll learn by listening, clarifying, and practicing. You'll realize that you're in charge of your commas rather than being a passive victim. You'll get answers to all your lingering doubts about using commas here.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Semicolons, Colons, and All the Rest: A Quick Review
It's likely been a long time since your school days, and your knowledge of the correct use of all the punctuation marks may be a bit vague now.  Lesson 8 to the rescue!  The emphasis here will be on how to use punctuation marks like semicolons, colons, dashes, parentheses, ellipses, apostrophes, quotation marks, italics, and hyphens.  You'll acquire a new understanding of the way these marks help you.  You'll gain this understanding by discovering, through practice, how to punctuate for clarity and how to help your readers hear the way you want your words to sound.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Paragraphs: How They Help You Communicate
You're building your knowledge brick by brick, and now it's time to tackle the most powerful organizing tool of all writing—the paragraph.  Here you'll find tips on how to organize a paragraph, where to break one paragraph and start another, and how to sequence paragraphs for optimum understanding.  As always, you'll get to practice these skills as you go, solidifying your knowledge and gaining new confidence.  Dive in!

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Formatting: Tools and Tips to Help Your Content Shine
Now it's time to find out how to put all your good writing into the right format so you can communicate with power and precision. Formatting appeals to the eye of your readers and draws them into your content. It's a powerful tool and one that involves some creative choices on your part. Get ready to learn about your choices for overall form, as well as how to use basic and specific formatting tools to make your writing highly readable.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Writing for Electronic Media: Quirks and Characteristics
Learn how to write effectively in today's electronic world. Explore how the techniques of writing various types of electronic media such as e-mail, instant messages, and text messages, for example, differ from the techniques used to prepare messages that will be read on paper. It's a new world, and new rules are necessary to help you communicate well. This lesson will help you discover what works and what doesn't in these exciting and evolving media.  You'll gain a new understanding of how to write powerful e-mail, since it's the most common of all electronic message systems.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Putting It All Together: Writing Well!
Time to wrap up all you've learned!  Lesson 12 will help you practice using your new skills, working from freewriting to a finished document.  You'll practice how to use both your creative and your critical skills while writing.  You'll find out what kind of attitude will help you use your new skills and what good habits will help you continue to improve each time you write.  You'll focus on revision, work with a revision checklist, and review good tips on proofreading.  You'll put together all you've learned so your writing continues to improve from this point forward. 

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

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Oct 18, 2017Nov 08, 2017Dec 13, 2017Jan 17, 2018Feb 14, 2018Mar 14, 2018