Writing Essentials

Writing Essentials

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Instructor Led - 4 Weeks Long
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A successful writer once said, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” Most likely, you won’t be able to find a more accurate description of this discipline. Writers need to write, write, write! They can work on perfecting their creation in the rewriting process. Writing takes time, time essential for researching a topic, getting to know the audience, developing a theme and generating an outline. Time is required to formulate a first draft and vital for editing and rewriting the initial draft into final form. Throughout this course you will discover how to engage in writing that inspires readers and moves others in a meaningful way.

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify strategies for creating the written word for your audience
  • Recall methods for stimulating your creativity and passion for writing
  • Define rules and proper technique for the basic building blocks of writing
  • Recognize the importance of editing and rewriting

Writing Essentials Module 1
Finding Your Muse

Because creativity can be so elusive, writers simply cannot afford to wait for inspiration to hit them over the head. Module 1 offers techniques for stimulating the creative juices and developing a passion for topics to write about.  This module stresses the importance of recognizing how quality writers work hard every day, writing as well as consuming the writing of other authors. Writers need to determine who they are writing for and research their target audience. By getting to know them, one is more capable of infusing their writing with tone, style and the specific details that will compel an audience to read the words from beginning to end.

  • The Inspiration of Writing
  • The Art of Creativity
  • Developing a Passion
  • Considering Your Audience
  • Understanding the Importance of Readers
  • Writing to Your Audience

Writing Essentials Module 2
Themes, Facts and Focus

Assembling a succession of meandering words without meaning or focus pretty much guarantees a quick exit for your readers and a failed attempt at writing. Module 2 conveys ways to achieve a writer’s real objective — generating words that readers seek to consume. This lesson covers the importance of developing your topic, narrowing the focus and crafting a compelling theme or themes. This module addresses the critical aspect of supporting facts with evidence, whether it be statistics, descriptive examples or direct quotations and also offers tips for creating an organizational plan of writing that works for you.

  • The Theme or Focus
  • Support Claims with Facts
  • The Organizing Plan of Writing
  • Determining Your Needs
  • Search Strategies
  • Using Source Information

Writing Essentials Module 3
Basic Building Blocks

Module 3 focuses on the basic building blocks of writing and provides guidelines for writing introductions, conclusions and creating the best possible sentence structure in between. This module explores how paragraphs written for fictional pieces differ from paragraphs written for nonfiction works and also recommends several style guides to use as a reference for determining proper grammatical rules and techniques. Module 3 stresses the bottom line for excellent writing, concise writing that clearly communicates intention between writer and readers.

  • Introduction
  • Paragraphs
  • Conclusions
  • Sentences
  • Pronouns
  • Spelling
  • Quotes, Commas
  • Capitalization

Writing Essentials Module 4
Honing Your Manuscript

Module 4 emphasizes that rewriting your material with fresh eyes is an essential part of honing your manuscript into sharp focus. We are reminded that all writing is persuasive writing that requires research, study and preparation to back up our arguments. This module also encourages us to take criticism in stride when others are critiquing our work and to continue refining our prose into the perfection it deserves.

  • Editing Your Writing
  • Rewriting
  • Clarity & Conciseness
  • Rhetoric or Persuasive Writing
  • Conclusion

Ed4Online is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Online has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Online has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Online is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit www.iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.