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  • Business and Marketing Writing (ed2go) - $115

    Use your writing to present a solid, cohesive message to your target audience. Understand how marketing principles can be applied to written communication to make you and your copy come alive. Complete your registration online: ed2go.com/mplscommed. New class sessions begin monthly.
  • Certificate in Effective Grammar (UGotClass)

    Whether you're a student or a professional, a career changer or a job seeker, Effective Grammar will improve your grammar, punctuation, and writing skills without making you feel like you’re back in eighth grade English class. Effective Grammar is a fun, down-to-earth, comprehensive course in English grammar for anyone who wants to enhance their communication skills. Don’t understand the parts of speech? Struggling to identify the subject and predicate of a sentence? Not sure how to spot a run-on sentence or how to correct it? This certificate covers all that and lots more! You’ll master everything from commas to complete sentences to common sense writing. After completing Effective Grammar, you’ll be able to send in your well-written essay, submit your winning résumé, or produce a polished report for your employer, confident that your writing will attract attention for all the right reasons. Put an end to grammar mistakes that detract from your work and open the door to career opportunities as you learn to communicate more effectively. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ
  • Introduction to Fiction Writing (UGotClass)

    Designed specifically for those with little to no fiction writing experience, find your pathway towards your fiction writing goals. Learn the basic building blocks of story: character, plot and setting. Then find out the different forms of fiction writing and some of the genres you might like to explore. Whether you’ve never written a word of fiction, or haven’t written since high school or college, you will complete the course with the skills you need to get started. Create a new work of fiction, or revive an old one that’s been sitting in your bottom drawer. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 The building blocks of story Character Conflict Setting Plot and story structure Short story versus novel Who are we writing for? Unit 2 Character and Conflict Protagonists and antagonists Secondary characters Character archetypes Character desires, conflicts and stakes Dialogue Unit 3 Setting and Plot Contemporary versus fantastical and historical settings Setting as character Three act plot structure and the hero’s journey Time jumps and flashbacks Prologues and epilogues Unit 4 Putting it all together Strategies for outlining Character-driven versus plot-driven outlines Overcoming writer’s block Researching markets Creating a marketing plan