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Writing for Business or Pleasure

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Sharpen your writing skills and enhance the clarity of your reports and emails for work or your personal writing for pleasure. Explore opportunities to help with wordiness, sentence structure, publishing, creating your own opportunities, and much more!

 

Fall 2022 Offerings

For details about the schedule, please review the Writing Schedule at a Glance - Fall 2022 (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Below you will find course descriptions for each of our courses and information about how you can register. Our offerings may differ term to term, so not all courses may be offered every semester.

 

Writing for Business Course Descriptions

In this course, students will learn the principles of business writing and the professional settings in which it is used, including emails, office memos, reports, press releases, advertisements, and web pages. Additionally, students will learn the characteristics of business writing and the common purposes, which include informational, instructional and transactional. Students will learn how to construct sentences that should convey important information in a clear, concise and effective manner. 5-hour course.

This action-packed course is designed to assist students who would like to learn how to improve and to sharpen their writing skills to produce well-written documents. This course will focus on: constructing grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs; reviewing basic grammar and punctuation rules; creating transition sentences to link paragraphs together; and using other organizational strategies, such as the three common methods of organizing, which are chronological order, spatial order, and order of importance. 15-hour course.

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of narrative writing: theme, plot, character, conflict and setting. Additionally, students will learn various narrative writing techniques and how to use narrative writing for purposes other than pleasure writing, such as how to incorporate narrative writing into presentations, papers and other forms of written communication. 9-hour course.

Do you find yourself writing sentences that are too long? Have you ever re-read a sentence and struggled to finish it in one breath? Wordiness is one of the most common mistakes that happens when a writer, either intentionally or unintentionally, uses far too many words. In this course, students will learn what filler words are and how to eliminate the use of them. Additionally, students will learn how to identify and re-construct overly complex or abstract sentences into clear and coherent sentences. 9-hour course.

Do you strive to improve your writing skills? In this course, you will learn strategies for communicating your thoughts and ideas that will capture the attention of your readers. You will learn the difference between the active voice and the passive voice and when to use these writing techniques. Additionally, you will learn how to adjust your writing style for your targeted audience. This writing course will give you an array of writing tools to identify your objective, communicate it clearly, correctly and, most importantly, with impact. 12-hour course.

Writing for Pleasure Course Descriptions

In this course, you will learn about different methods of writing inspirational prose and poetry, while also learning a variety of ways to self-publish and re-purpose your content into multiple formats, such as paperback, digital, cards, apps, and calendars with the potential to generate creative streams of income. Students will additionally learn about the psychological benefits of writing for pleasure, as well as writing techniques that inspire creativity. 6-hour course.

Have you ever envisioned creating new opportunities for yourself? If you answered “yes” to this question, this may be the ideal course for you. This writing course is designed to teach you how to develop and to apply the five essential skills for effecting change and creating new opportunities for yourself. In this course, you will practice using each of the five skills and individually assessing your strengths relative to each skill. 6-hour course.

 

Registration Information

Our noncredit programs are open enrollment and available to students on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is open until the class start date or the class is at full capacity. Some courses or programs require program approval or have required prerequisites. Students attempting to register online must login to their MyMC Student Account to register for the classes in the program.

Ways to Register

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