Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery

Turn Your Business Writing, Blogs, Books & Essays Into Masterpieces
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Course Description

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE BESTSELLING WRITING WITH FLAIR: HOW TO BECOME AN EXCEPTIONAL WRITER COMES THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF SHANI RAJA'S WRITING COURSES...

NINJA WRITING: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery is designed to take you to the summit of flawless writing.

The course is taught by Shani Raja, a former editor for The Wall Street Journal whose premium writing courses have been featured in Time magazine and Business Insider and have already attracted more than 70,000 students on this platform.

"Opens your eyes to all that writing could be..." -- SANDY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Boosted my writing by one thousand percent..." -- PAULO ARMI, UDEMY STUDENT

"Solid gold..." -- DON, UDEMY STUDENT

"A perfect breakup of the writing process..." -- JOEY CRAY, UDEMY STUDENT

"One of the best writing courses I have ever taken..." -- STEPHEN, UDEMY STUDENT 

"Brilliant..." -- JOAN SALANITRI, UDEMY STUDENT

"Any aspiring writer would gain magnificent polish following the suggestions in this course..." -- ROSILYN KINNERSLEY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Gets you excited you purchased something of true value..." -- MELANIE JARRELL

"Sound advice peppered with subtle insight...." -- LORI, UDEMY STUDENT

"I feel like an inspired artist with... potential to create a masterpiece..." -- ANZHELA SHURINA, UDEMY STUDENT

"Writing techniques down to the atomic levels of a narrative..." --  ALDRICH DEMATA, UDEMY STUDENT

"When I had read the all time bestselling writer's guide by Strunk and White, I thought, 'There is nothing more to be known.' Shani proved that I was terribly wrong..." -- GOPINATH CHANDRA, UDEMY STUDENT 

"Shani's courses have literally changed my life. I started applying for freelance blogging jobs. Now I'm making a living without having to work in a 9-5 environment..." -- IVAN JURAS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Will improve your writing exponentially... I wish I had known about these subtle writing nuances when I was in college..." -- KEVIN CHUNG, UDEMY STUDENT

"Cannot believe how helpful this is..." -- AMY, UDEMY STUDENT

"The way he teaches is absolutely amazing..." -- FRANCESCO CATAPANO, UDEMY STUDENT

"Only four lessons in and I can see how to truly improve my writing..." -- ANITA BYRD-PETTS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Am much happier with my writing since taking this course... so is my editor..." -- JACK STEPHENS, UDEMY STUDENT 

"Will buy any future course... without any hesitation..." -- AZAT MUKHAMETOV, UDEMY STUDENT

"As an eager blogger, I found this course extremely helpful..." -- VASILEIOS PANAGOPOULOS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Given me a deeper understanding of how to write a narrative..." -- IAN MCLEAN, UDEMY STUDENT

"An excellent way to polish and enhance your writing..." -- ISRAEL, UDEMY STUDENT

"Brilliant, clear and precise instruction on how to write well..." -- JANE MANTHORPE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Teaches how to recognize effective writing by explaining why it is effective... without getting bogged down explaining the finer points of grammar..." -- DOUG UNRAU, UDEMY STUDENT

Who doesn't want to enhance their career prospects by writing much more stylishly than their peers and competitors?

Or to bust out of their 9-5 job and make a mark on the world by writing an outstanding book or creating a magnificent blog read by thousands—or even millions—of people?

After taking this course, that could be you.

It teaches you how to become not just an exceptional writer, but a masterful one. You'll know exactly how to get your writing noticed.

In Ninja Writing, you will discover how to embed quality at EVERY LAYER of your writing—whether it’s a blog, article, college essay, cover letter, corporate report or content marketing.

By the end, you’ll appreciate exactly how one piece of writing can be strikingly beautiful while another—on the same subject—bores you to tears.

"Up to this point, you've probably been bored with so many writing teachers who emphasize "structure" through grammar tips and organization with a shot of word selection. But Shani covers that missing component: the artistry of writing. Writing can be just as fulfilling as painting, drawing or designing." -- SANDY, UDEMY STUDENT 

So, what exactly is a ninja writer?

It's someone who can take disjointed thoughts and ideas and create beautiful narratives out of them.

That is the hallmark of a distinguished writer: one who understands how to structure points elegantly, wrap them into neatly arranged sections, and thread the ideas through exquisitely organized paragraphs.

A ninja writer has mastery over the sentence layer of writing as well.

He or she instinctively understands how to tighten loose sentences, sharpen blurred ones, and bring rhythm to those that don't flow well.

Finally, ninja writers wield invincible power over words. They’re able to bring color, variety and freshness into their writing through their word choices, while slicing away any that have lost their edge or carry dead weight.

While a bad writer can make a mess even of the most sublime thinking, a ninja writer’s prose—blogs, essays, or any kind of business writing—always ends up looking spectacularly polished.

Listen, guys. Great writing isn’t just a nice skill to have. It’s vital to conveying intelligence and professionalism to your bosses, clients, business partners, and blog or book readers.

Frankly, if you don't have this part of your life handled, you'll probably get fewer career chances, less shots at a promotion, and not as many eyeballs online.

And instinctively you know it.

If you’re a blogger, the world may miss out on your brilliant ideas, simply because your writing is too dull or unwieldy to take seriously.

Remember, we live in the internet age, where a growing army of writers are competing to get noticed in an expanding sea of content.

This course will give you an edge.

It’ll quickly take your writing to a level of refinement that will mystify anybody who doesn’t know these elite techniques.

Here's a chance to take your writing to a level that, frankly, blows your competition out of the water.

Just the understanding that writing has four layers can make a huge difference to how effectively you communicate.

If you don't know anything about those layers yet, don’t fret.

Only a handful of writers do, and many are editors who work, as I have done, for top news organizations.

They spend all day bringing order and beauty to whatever article is presented to them.

They know how to focus on areas that bring structure to untidy prose, and a razor-sharp focus to disorderly ideas.

I know how rare this skill is because until recently I was an editor at The Wall Street Journal, where I taught many of the newspaper's journalists how to add style, flair and potency to their articles.

I've also written for The Economist, Financial Times, Bloomberg News and other highly regarded news institutions.

In Ninja Writing, I share what I’ve learned at those places under the mentorship of some of the best editors in the world.

Once you've learned their secrets, you too will be able to weave magic with your words.

You'll know how to create spellbinding narratives, breathe life to tired sentences, and dazzle readers with the words you choose.

You'll also write with more confidence.

One of the biggest problems novice writers have is not knowing if their writing is any good.

That won’t be a problem for you anymore.

You’ll know that it is.

Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery takes the mystery out of the writing process.

The tricks and tactics taught here will create a seismic shift in the quality of your writing, almost immediately.

You’ll express yourself as brilliantly as some of the slickest editors on the planet.

You’ll understand how to turn any kind of mediocre business writing into masterful prose.

The content here goes beyond what is taught in Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer, one of Udemy’s best-selling courses.

In Writing With Flair, I gave you a powerful framework for creating outstanding writing based on the three principles of simplicity, clarity and elegance.

The sweep of Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery is much broader.

It covers the whole territory of nonfiction writing, giving you a ground-up-and-top-down view of what’s needed to inject quality into EVERY PORE of your writing.

If Writing With Flair turned you into an exceptional writer, Ninja Writing will mould you into an elite one.

Like my other courses, Ninja Writing steers clear of needlessly complicated jargon. You’ll simply get strategies to help you write with impeccable style and poise.

The course has been designed to help you reach the top of the learning curve in as little as a few days.

You’ll discover ways of looking at your writing that will elevate it to a plane most others don’t even know exists.

In Ninja Writing, I reveal the four levels of writing mastery you must work to perfect.

THE NARRATIVE LEVEL

How to connect with your audience, organize your writing magnificently, start your piece with a bang, end with a flourish, and embed it with powerful imagery. Getting the structure right is one of the hardest skills to master, but I'll make it super easy for you in this section.

THE PARAGRAPH LEVEL

How to weave points through paragraphs, so your writing looks exceptionally ordered and polished.

THE SENTENCE LEVEL

How to turn limp and bloated sentences into sharp, graceful and rhythmic expressions of your ideas.

THE WORD LEVEL

How to choose precise and evocative words, and strip your writing of any that carry dead weight.

With heaps of examples and exercises to embed these tactics deep into your subconscious, by the end of Ninja Writing you’ll begin to see precisely the mistakes others are making.

And your own writing will shine like a polished diamond next to the lackluster efforts of your peers and business competitors.

Invest today in discovering techniques that will superpower one of the most important skills you'll ever need in life -- communicating with style.

Learn to:

  • Transform a weary marketing email into a persuasive sales pitch...
  • Translate a lackluster cover letter into a hard-hitting document...
  • Convert a dreary college essay into an compelling argument...
  • Turn a lifeless blog into a poignant masterpiece...


DISCOVER AT THE NARRATIVE LEVEL...

  • How to overcome writer's block
  • How to decide what to say
  • How to connect with your audience
  • How to create tone and pace
  • How to organize your ideas neatly
  • How to start with a bang and end on a high note
  • How to texture your writing
  • How to add more without resorting to fluff


...AT THE PARAGRAPH LEVEL...

  • Different paragraph styles so you can choose what suits your work best
  • How to weave points expertly through paragraphs
  • How to know when to switch to a new paragraph


AT THE SENTENCE LEVEL...

  • How to tighten sentences
  • How to sharpen sentences
  • How to give sentences rhythm
  • How to create poetic sentences
  • How to maximise the dramatic impact of a sentence


  • ...AT THE WORD LEVEL...
  • How to choose precise words
  • How to avoid abstract words
  • How to find colorful words
  • How to avoid pointless distinctions
  • How to make useful ones
  • How to order words elegantly
  • How to exploit word sounds
  • How to slice syllables
  • How to boost your vocabulary


Start learning these elite writing tactics today.

In case you have any hesitation, know you're covered by Udemy's month-long money-back guarantee, so there's no risk dipping your feet in and trying this course out.

And take a peek at these reviews of WRITING WITH FLAIR: HOW TO BECOME AN EXCEPTIONAL WRITER...

"If you are looking for a writing course that is outstanding look no further..." -- MATT SPRENGER, UDEMY STUDENT

"Better than any course I took in college..." -- ANNA TIERNEY, UDEMY STUDENT

"I considered myself a decent writer before taking this course..." -- MIA TURPEL, UDEMY STUDENT

"As a published author, I have taken no less than 10 courses in improving my own writing skills. This is, by far, the best..." -- ALICIA ADAMS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Simply amazing class..." -- SONIE SANDHU, UDEMY STUDENT

"Be ready for some enlightening stuff..." -- MARTIN TONEVSKI, UDEMY STUDENT

"Helps fine tune your writing and take it to another level..." -- NISHANT BHIDE, UDEMY STUDENT

"The best writing course I've ever taken. Worth ten times the price, easily..." -- HARBANS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Shani knocks it out of the park..." -- JOHN MICHAEL BARNETT, UDEMY STUDENT

"Stunning course... delivered masterfully..." -- PEDRO CARROGGIO ZOIO, UDEMY STUDENT

"Among the most useful I've ever had the privilege of taking..." -- FRANS DU PLESSIS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Improved my writing in ways that cannot be expressed..." -- REMCO BOERMA, UDEMY STUDENT

"Writing stopped being a chore..." -- VENKAT DINAVAHI, UDEMY STUDENT

"A breath of fresh air for my writing..." -- DARRYL, UDEMY STUDENT

"Delivery and explanations were perfect..." -- CHRISTOPHER, UDEMY STUDENT

"Presented with great passion and understanding..." -- BRYAN SUHARLY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Will improve your skills even if you only write post-it notes..." -- HECTOR RUBIO, UDEMY STUDENT

Isn’t it time to quit wondering whether your writing makes the cut or not?

This course gives you the tools to become supremely confident at writing by putting it on a par with some of the best journalists in the world.

So come and join me, as I show you how take your writing to the next level of mastery.


What are the requirements?

  • A computer, or pen and notepad

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Discover how to create spellbinding writing
  • Learn the secrets of editors on top newspapers and websites
  • Tap into the power of the four levels: narrative, paragraphs, sentences and words
  • Transform yourself into a masterful writer in days
  • Make your writing stand out from peers and competitors
  • Discover how to make blogs, marketing copy and general business writing sparkle

What is the target audience?

  • Corporate writers
  • Communications professionals
  • Marketing executives
  • Government and nongovernment agencies
  • College and university students
  • Blog writers
  • Job hunters
  • Journalists
  • Small, medium and large businesses
  • Book writers
  • Bloggers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: INTRODUCTION
03:22

How this course came about and what it can do for you

02:55

A guide to navigating this course

03:18

A glimpse of how dramatically this course could improve your writing

Section 2: THE NARRATIVE
13:40

How to get past writer's block and begin writing something

04:37

How to usefully view your writing in terms of points and sections

11:04

How to arrange points and sections in a meaningful and elegant way

09:41

How to begin a piece of writing with a "bang"

03:43

How to end a piece of writing with style and sophistication

12:21

An introduction to more sophisticated narratives

08:31

How to add texture to your writing using metaphors and analogies

03:04

Exercises to embed teachings from this section

05:02

How to understand and apply the concept of symmetry in your writing

02:21

How to add words to a piece of writing without waffling

02:57

Tips to get past mental fuzziness

Section 3: PARAGRAPHS
04:12

How paragraphs help organize a narrative

05:52

The different paragraph styles a writer can choose from

02:12

Exercises to help embed the learnings on paragraphs

02:44

Why you should be careful about making paragraphs too bulky

Section 4: SENTENCES
07:27

How to avoid sentences that are grammatically dubious

03:08

Techniques for releasing "hot air" from sentences

09:20

Ways to make sentences sharper, brighter and more hard-hitting

13:00

Tactics for making sentences flow more beautifully

08:00

Methods for adding a touch of poetry to your written communication

03:02

Tips for using emphasis to make sentences stronger

07:27

Techniques for adding dramatic flair to your sentences

02:49

Ways to avoid giving readers too much to think about at once

02:50

More ways to stop giving readers too much to think about

02:51

Why to avoid forcing readers to refer back to something said earlier

02:45

Drawing attention to a particularly sneaky type of ambiguity

08:15

Some exercises to embed the learnings from this section

01:58

A tip to help you get unstuck when trying to express an idea

02:43

A trick for making sure your writing reads really well

Section 5: WORDS
02:51

How to choose words that convey your message precisely

06:08

Why to steer clear of stale and boring words

07:02

How to recognize words that are vivid and colorful

03:00

How to avoid repeating words that are already implied

03:57

How to know when a distinction should and shouldn't be made

05:27

How to bring even more order to your writing

06:08

More tips on creating impact through word order

03:03

How certain words can stop readers getting lost

05:27

How words that sound good together can add a further layer of flair to your writing

04:53

Why to avoid numbers and official titles as much as possible

03:54

Why it's usually pointless to stress words with bold and italics

02:49

Ways to make your writing even more economical by choosing words with fewer syllables

06:43

Exercises to embed the learning from this section

04:58

Tips for boosting the number of words at your disposal

02:28

How to notice hyphens that are going out of fashion

Section 6: CONCLUSION
06:18

A look over the distance traveled and the learnings embedded

Ninja Writer's Checklist
4 pages
01:11

Special offer for existing students who want any of my other writing courses

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Instructor Biography

Shani Raja, Editor, Writing Coach & Lecturer

Shani Raja teaches top journalists how to improve their writing and has written and edited for some of the world's biggest news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg News. Shani has also taught advanced writing skills to professionals and edited for leading global companies from Microsoft and IBM to PwC. He also teaches journalism to undergraduates.

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