You can improve your writing skills by taking writing classes. You can also join a class to learn how to write in a different style.
You no longer have to be in college to take a writing course. There are a lot of courses at a lot of places and in a lot of different ways.
If you only have a restricted amount of time and can’t take every course that comes along, how do you decide which ones to take?
Think about these 4 things.
What the Course Is About
The first phase in choosing a course is figuring out what skills or projects you want to learn about. This sounds easy, but you need to be honest with yourself about how you write now and understand the different kinds of writing projects out there.
Most writing classes fall into one of two main types.
How to write well:
Some courses teach specific writing skills, like how to write a good lead or how to market your writing services.
Some classes teach how to do a specific project, like a web page or a resume.
To pick a course, pick one.
The Description of the Course
- writing for the web
- writing a website home page
- writing for social media
- writing poetry
- basic copywriting
- writing an outline
- writing reviews
- creative writing methods
- writing a fundraising letter
- writing, technical writing
- writing a book proposal
- writing for catalogues
- legal writing
- writing a CV, medical
- writing a business plan
- writing a resume
- writing a press release.
- writing cover letters
- writing lesson plans
- writing devotionals
- writing a sales letter
- writing an e-book
- writing direct response copy
You know what I mean.
Check out what the course in question says about itself. It should list specific goals (after all, it is a writing class, right?) and tell you what you’ll learn or how you’ll improve by taking the class. Check the course description against what you know you need to learn. If they do, you might want to think about taking the course.
The Course Location
Both live courses and online courses have their pros and cons.
You can talk to the teacher right away during a live course to ask questions and get answers right away. The class size is often small enough to allow for discussions and peer reviews in a live setting.
Convenience is one thing that isn’t great about live writing classes. You have to go to class when it’s going on, which may or may not work for you.
If you like being around people in real life and your schedule doesn’t matter, you might want to take a live class.
There are many different online courses, from past webinars to long series of lectures and assignments that lead to college credit or a professional certificate. Some online classes require you to sign in at a certain time and talk with other students through online chat. Others have to be done in a certain order and within a certain time. Still, others are on their own time.
Online courses are easy to get to, which is a benefit. If you have a computer or mobile device that meets the system requirements, you can take the course. It doesn’t point if you live near the instructor or the venue. Isolation could be a problem because it promotes anonymity and stops people from being held accountable. You might not feel like you know your teacher or classmates, so you might not do your work on time or get answers to your questions.
If you can work well independently, you might do well in an online course. Online courses are also a good choice if you need to take your classes after work, on the weekends, or when the kids are in bed.
How the Course Works
Examine carefully if a course’s format is passive or participatory. It is very different.
You can read or listen to information about writing in a passive format, like a lecture, an e-book, a video, or a set of helpful web pages. It can help you learn about a certain type of project, but it might not be the best selection if you are trying to learn a new skill, which takes time and practice.
In an interactive format, you also learn about writing, but you do exercises that help you put what you’ve learned to use. This method makes sense. You learn how to do the skill or project after learning about it.
Some interactive formats go even further by giving feedback from the teacher, the students, or even the final grade and a certificate of completion for credit.
Need to Know About Choosing Writing Courses
Figure out what you want to learn in a writing class. Then you can pick the best course content, location, and format for your needs.