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7 Lessons For Becoming A Standout Writer At Work Or School
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2h 32m

This course is designed for those interested in learning how to become a better writer.

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Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students. Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for Univers

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About This Course

Do you want to impress employers, editors, or online readers with your writing? Do you want to get A grades on term papers and essays? Do you want to become a good writer – in creative non-fiction, journalism, fiction, or academic writing – as quickly as possible?

The secret to this writing success is not studying 200 grammar and style points in the comprehensive writing textbooks. Instead, this course – designed by an experienced university professor and published author with Oxford University Press – shows you the only sentence-level lessons you need to know to write well. These are the 7 most common problems found in people’s writing. These problems most likely lurk – like weeds – in your writing right now.

If you complete the lessons, exercises, and assignments honestly and fully as outlined in this course, then your writing will improve in just a few weeks of intensive study. If you do not find this course helpful, you may request a refund within 30 days, no questions asked.

These lessons, exercises, and assignments were designed and tested at the University of Toronto and York University with thousands of undergraduate students. Many undergraduate students improved their grades by a whole grade category after completing these lessons, finding that this short list of key lessons provides clarity. Students have applied these lessons in the workplace to great success.

Enroll now and complete this course to produce writing that gets you the job, earns you an A grade, lands you a writing contract, or impresses that magazine or newspaper editor.

In this comprehensive course, I will help you:

  • See sentences more objectively;
  • Understand the factors that interfere with communication;
  • Remove dead language – such as dead verbs and weak nouns – from your writing;
  • Avoid embarrassing clichés;
  • Write more clear, direct, and precise sentences;
  • Use adjectives and adverbs more carefully, in targeted ways;
  • Write poetically and rhythmically with parallelism and sentence variation;
  • Add detail to your writing;
  • Plant vivid images in readers’ minds; and,
  • Become an original writer, not a copy.

Your writing transformation awaits…

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have learned how to become a better writer.

10 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn how to become a better writer!

Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Writing Clearly For Publications, Work, And School
Economy Introduction 00:00:00
Redundancy 00:00:00
Phoney Intensifiers 00:00:00
Stretchers 00:00:00
Thickeners 00:00:00
Answers To Some Questions 00:00:00
Exercise #1 00:00:00
Exercise #2 00:00:00
Assignment #1 00:00:00
Section 2 - How Dead Verbs Are Killing Your Writing
Verbs Introduction 00:00:00
Concrete Verbs 00:00:00
Weak Verbs 00:00:00
Dead Verbs 00:00:00
The Consequences Of Dead Verbs 00:00:00
Exercise #3 00:00:00
Exercise #4 00:00:00
Assignment #2 00:00:00
Section 3 - Become An Active Writer
Active Voice Introduction 00:00:00
Active Voice 00:00:00
Passive Voice 00:00:00
The Morality of Passive Voice 00:00:00
Passive Voice Exceptions 00:00:00
Exercise #5 00:00:00
Assignment #3 00:00:00
Section 4 - Create Pictures In Your Writing With Strong Nouns
Nouns Introduction 00:00:00
Nouns 00:00:00
Weak Nouns 00:00:00
Pronouns 00:00:00
When Pronouns Go Wrong 00:00:00
Exercise #6 00:00:00
Assignment #4 00:00:00
Section 5 - How To Be An Original Writer And Avoid Clichés
Original Writing Introduction 00:00:00
Clichés 00:00:00
Why Do People Use Clichés? 00:00:00
When It’s Okay To Use A Cliché 00:00:00
Being Original 00:00:00
Exercise #7 00:00:00
Exercise #8 00:00:00
Assignment #5 00:00:00
Section 6 - Prevent Train Wreck Sentences With Parallelism
Parallelism Introduction 00:00:00
Surface And Under The Surface Parallelism 00:00:00
Verb Series 00:00:00
Noun Series 00:00:00
Adjective Series 00:00:00
Adverb Series 00:00:00
Preposition Series 00:00:00
Multiple Element Series 00:00:00
Parallelism Conclusion 00:00:00
Exercise #9 00:00:00
Exercise #10 00:00:00
Assignment #6 00:00:00
Section 7 - Freshen Your Sentences With Patterns And Length Variation
Sentence Variation Principles 00:00:00
Sentence Patterns 00:00:00
Short Sentences 00:00:00
Long Sentences 00:00:00
The Variation Of Long And Short For Effect 00:00:00
Exercise #11 00:00:00
Assignment #7 00:00:00

Course Review


3 Ratings
  1. A Writters Course


    Writing more makes better writing and this course is a Writer’s delight..

  2. A Writters Course


    Writing more makes better writing and this course is a Writer’s delight.

  3. Anonymous



    This course is very helpful!