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Whether you are focused on essay writing, business writing or creative writing, online writing courses delivered through edX can help you learn how to improve your writing process to produce clear and effective written communication.

What is writing?

Writing is a skill that involves using text to communicate important ideas. The study of this field equips students with highly transferable experience in academic writing, essay writing, business communication, creative writing, storytelling, and more. Writing also helps students cultivate high-level reading comprehension skills and proper grammar knowledge.

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Online writing courses

edX offers numerous online writing courses for new writers and for a variety of writing styles. Professionals interested in learning how to write better or who want to gain basic writing tips have access to a wide range of online academic courses tailored to beginner level, intermediate, and advanced learners. 

If you simply need to brush up on your writing skills, you can pursue an online college-level course that focuses on the fundamental principles of essay. But if you are an aspiring writer who has always wanted to pen their own novel, you can take creative writing courses that teach students how to move from an outline to draft, touching on how to craft scene design, dialogue, character development and plot.

Taking a writing course and developing stronger writing skills isn’t only beneficial to those in creative fields. For example, strong writing skills can also help prepare you for a career in fundraising. Learn how to maximize your impact and innovate with courses that teach fundraising and grant writing.

Jobs in writing

Clear writing and communication skills are needed in nearly every industry, including marketing, advertising, publishing, law, and web design. A strong writing background may appeal to many potential employers.

Taking online writing courses can help a learner acquire the communication skills they need for a career as a technical writer, digital copy editor, or even author. With creative writing degrees, online writing workshops, and certificates from online writing classes or programs, learners from any professional or educational background can gain exposure to different styles of writing, like descriptive writing or persuasive writing, and learn to give and receive critical feedback.

Whether you're interested writing a bestseller or tutoring the next generation of novelists who are just starting out on their writing journey, there are many career paths for professionals with strong writing skills

Careers in writing

Good writing has the power to transport us to different worlds, convey history, and help us better understand different cultures. Find your voice and gain skills that can help you achieve your career goals by signing up for an edX writing course.