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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!

 

Summer Updates

UPDATE: Foundations of Technical Writing (scheduled for 6/5) and Restart Your Writing (scheduled for 6/6) have been canceled.

 

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.

Explore our summer offerings on our Writing Schedule at a Glance - Summer 2023 (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) . Our new class offered for the first time this summer is Overcoming Writer's Block, WRT215.

Interested in providing professional development to your team or organization? Contact Tracy Singleton, Program Director.

 

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.

Learn the fundamentals of narrative writing: theme, plot, character, conflict and setting. Uncover narrative writing techniques, and how and when to use them in presentations, papers and other forms of written communication. 9-hour course.

Do you find yourself writing sentences that are too long? Get to the point and explore what filler words are, how to eliminate them, and, learn how to identify and re-construct overly complex sentences into clear and coherent ones. 9-hour course.

Capture the attention of your readers by adjusting your writing style for a targeted audience. Learn strategies for communicating thoughts and ideas effectively, the difference between active and passive voice, and how to concisely get your message across. 12-hour course.

New Course for Summer 2023

Become a more confident, productive, and successful writer than you have ever been before. Writing is full of emotional and psychological hurdles that can drag down our success and happiness, no matter how skillful we are at crafting our words. Writer’s block can stifle your ability to write and become a better writer causing self-doubt and tricking you into believing “my writing isn’t good enough, and it is never going to be good enough” – when it just is not true. Explore what writer’s block really is, what it is not, and ways to overcome it. Learn how to write when writing doesn’t feel good or, how to start writing again if you have been in a rut. Understand the difference between “perfect” and “good enough,” and establish a middle ground so that you can share your good work and be more productive. 6-hour course.

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 fundamental techniques that all successful technical writers use. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, prepare you to produce instructive, informational, and persuasive documents based on well-defined and achievable outcomes. 15-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.

Identify and overcome barriers to productive writing. Learn techniques to increase creativity, set intentions, redirect, how to remove self-limiting thoughts, and more. 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.

Learn, through specific daily writing and mindfulness exercises, how to navigate life with less stress and triggers. Begin to feel more powerful about your wellbeing and how to be happier. Writing exercises will become a journal and record of personal shifts in overall thinking and feeling. 15-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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