Can’t remember the difference between a conjunction and a preposition? Don’t know what all the fuss is about passive voice? Do your modifiers dangle?
Through a variety of written assignments, learn how to write well-constructed sentences and effective paragraphs. Topics include tips for devising clear, concise sentences, and avoiding common mistakes such as faulty parallelism, fragments, run-on sentences and dangling and misplaced modifiers.
You’ll receive feedback on the assignments you submit, and be encouraged to contribute to in-class or online exercises. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to detect and correct grammatical errors in your writing and produce clear, concise prose.
Week 1: The Writing Process, Parts of Speech and Punctuation
Week 2: Sentence Basics
Week 3: Editing Challenges
Week 4: Revision Strategies
Week 5: Pronouns, Paragraphing and Proofreading
Week 6: Mechanics, Quotation Marks and Spelling
This course is offered 100% online.
About Online Learning
Our professional writing courses are purpose-built for online learning using UBC instructional design resources and tools.
Online courses are hosted on the intuitive learning management platform Canvas. Every week, your instructor releases a new module or lesson. Each lesson might include materials such as class notes, readings, links to articles, videos and practice exercises. You may also be asked to post on discussion boards and submit assignments.
Your instructor is there to provide you feedback on your work, and guide online forum discussions. Some may hold virtual office hours. You can also communicate with your instructor through Canvas.
Expect to spend two to three hours per week on your course – you do get out what you put in! You can log in anytime day or night. Some courses, however, might include exercises and assignments with deadlines. Materials will be available for two weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course.
We will send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your first class.