Writing Well: Process and Practice

What’s behind Stephen King’s vocabulary-rich dark fiction worlds? How does Margaret Atwood turn sentence fragments into award-winning dystopian prose? What are their secrets, and how can we tap into them?

Drawing inspiration and techniques from time-tested creative writers, learn how to transform, bend and sometimes break the rules of grammar and style to create attention-grabbing writing – no matter what genre or audience you’re writing for.

Get close and personal with the writings and styles of Virginia Woolf, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and CS Lewis. Discover how to apply their techniques, processes and practices to your own works from start to finish, whether you write fiction, non-fiction or even advertising and marketing copy.

Topics include finding your voice as a writer, making strategic use of sentence structure and punctuation, mastering the effective development of paragraphs, choosing diction to strengthen your vocabulary and word choices, considering creative inclusion of imagery and knowing when (and how) to break the rules to make your point.

Each Thursday, participate in a short and optional real-time conversation through Zoom about what you are learning in your self-paced practice.

Course Overview:
Week 1: Introduction to Voice
Week 2: Powerful Sentences
Week 3: Unparalleled Paragraphs
Week 4: Words and Worlds
Week 5: Effective Imagery
Week 6: Taking Risks / Breaking the Rules

Part of the Writing Well series, this course can be taken along with Writing Well: Grammar or Writing Well: Style, or it can stand on its own.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported. Every week, your instructor releases a new lesson that includes materials such as class notes, articles, readings and resources, as well as your assignment for the week. 

Discuss assignments and receive feedback during optional weekly live Zoom sessions, which take place Tuesdays 6–7pm Pacific Time.   

Online materials will be available for three weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course. 

Available Sessions

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Aug 16, 2022-Sep 26, 2022 | Online | $410.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG103S22P
Aug 16, 2022-Sep 26, 2022
Optional Zoom session: Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM
6 sessions

1nstructor: Deborah Blenkhorn


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$410.00 $20.50 $430.50

Nov 1, 2022-Dec 9, 2022 | Online | $410.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG103F22O
Nov 1, 2022-Dec 9, 2022
Optional Zoom session: Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM
6 sessions

1nstructor: Deborah Blenkhorn


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$410.00 $20.50 $430.50