Writing Skills: Go from average to great writer overnight!
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Writing Skills: Go from average to great writer overnight!

Discover dozens of proven, and often over-looked, techniques that will instantly improve your writing.
4.6 (23 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,231 students enrolled
Created by Elizabeth Bezant
Last updated 2/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • In this course you will learn a variety of writing techniques that will improve and strengthen your writing, especially in the areas of: pacing, dialogue, description, characterisation, punctuation and targeting your reader.
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Requirements
  • An interest in improving writing skills
Description

Over my decades as a Writing Coach, I’ve realised that many writers need more than just being shown new writing skills to improve. To really improve they also need ongoing support as they learn how to successfully incorporate those new skills into their writing.

As the title implies, this course includes plenty of clearly-explained tutorials on practical, important (and often over-looked) writing skills, but equally as crucial, it also comes with the vital ongoing support. There are quizzes, examples, homework (if you want it), the opportunity to have your questions answered, to join a growing community, and even, on occasion, to get feedback on your work. Or, if you prefer, you can just study the course then go off and do your own thing. The choice is yours.

As a Freelance Writer and Writing Coach, I’m here basically to help you achieve your writing goals, and in many cases this course is the first step. So please click on the ‘Take this Course’, and I’ll be happy to teach you what you need to learn and help you while you become comfortable using the techniques.

On the other hand, if you’re still a little unsure, don’t forget this course comes with a FULL, 30-day money-back guarantee, which means that if you change your mind within the first 30-days and let us know, you’ll get a complete refund.

Also, if you scroll a little further down the page, you’ll find some of my video tutorials are marked as ‘Previews’; this means you can watch them before enrolling to be sure my teaching style suits you.

Well, there you go. Hope this course sounds like what you need and I look forward to helping you soon.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody interested in writing fiction (short stories to novels), auto/biographies, or any kind of true-life stories.
  • Writers who have completed a writing project, but would like to ensure they haven't made any glaring mistakes before sending it out to publishers, editors or getting it printed.
  • Beginner and intermediary writers interested in improving their writing abilities.
  • Writers whose native language is not English, and are looking to learn some of the more intricate parts of the written language.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
2 Lectures 06:49

A guided tour for getting the most out of this course by using Udemys Tools

Using This Udemy Course
05:36
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Pacing
2 Lectures 12:43

Too much pace and piece of writing can be overwhelming, while not enough and it can be boring. Pacing is important, but often overlooked.

The Importance Of Pacing
05:09

All writing needs pacing, the trick is knowing which kind is needed and how to achieve it. This lecture covers a variety of writing techniques that can be successfully used in any style of writing.

Secrets Of Pacing
07:34
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Dialogue
4 Lectures 22:32

Dialogue, when written correctly, offers many benefits to a piece of writing, including depth, characterisation, strength, realism and easy of reading.

Why You Need Dialogue
06:30

Learn the secrets to effectively using speech tags so that they add depth and characterisation, without cluttering up your writing.

Speech Tags
06:49

Clear and simple rules to follow when writing dialogue on the page.

Preview 05:30

Writing exercises to increase your confidence and ability when it comes to writing dialogue.

Dialogue Exercises
03:43
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Characterisation
1 Lecture 09:18

Characters are as vital in stories as they are in real life, they also need to be as believable and authentic.

The Importance Of Strong Characters
09:18
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Target Market
1 Lecture 07:21

This question is often overlooked, but if you don't know who your reader is, how can you write a book that they will be unable to put down?

Preview 07:21
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Description
2 Lectures 14:31

Learn how to use your senses to describe a three-dimensional picture that will appeal to everybody.

Describing Smoothly
07:04

Everybody has two vocabularies and a wide array of possible word choices, which they use is a sign of how good a writer they are.

Two Vocabularies And Word Choices
07:27
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Show, Don't Tell
1 Lecture 07:11

Discover how to Show, Don't Tell and the quality of your writing will improve immediately.

Show Don't Tell Explained
07:11
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Punctuation
3 Lectures 15:29

Current trends for punctuation and how to know what Style Guide to use for different publications.

Commas, Full Stops And Consistency
05:27

Learn when 'its' should be 'it's', and all about contractions.

Correct Use Of Apostrophes
06:38

Learn when to trust your computer's auto-correct and when to ignore it.

Preview 03:24
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Rules
2 Lectures 06:28

Knowing when to use capital letters at the start of words and when not to can often be a challenge. This video offers some simple rules and exercises to follow.

Preview 03:05

When is it right to write a number or time in letters, and when is it right to use numbers? This video covers the options and the rules to follow.

Two Or 2?
03:23
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Techniques
2 Lectures 09:30

Starting your piece of writing in the right place is essential because if your reader doesn't complete the beginning they won't ever finish the story or article. So knowing where to start is vital.

Where Do You Start A Story?
05:07

Many people who write their memoir or autobiography are justified in their concern that they might upset other people who are involved in aspects of their life-story. This lecture covers a variety of techniques and writing styles to lessen the risk.

How To Avoid Upsetting And Incriminating Others
04:23
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About the Instructor
Elizabeth Bezant
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1,300 Students
2 Courses
Internationally-published Freelance Writer and Writing Coach

Elizabeth Bezant is not only a professional writer and writing coach, but she is also the founder of Writing to Inspire, a business designed to inspire, inform and empower writers everywhere.

Over the past 20 years Elizabeth’s diverse range of articles, stories, columns and educational features have been published in countless magazines, anthologies and newspapers across the world. The ones she is proudest of were included in: Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, Living Abroad, and Grace; America’s Chicken Soup for the Soul, Chocolate for the Woman’s Soul, and Lollipops magazine; Australia’s Nova newspaper. Elizabeth has also had an English Second Language book published by ReadyEd Publication, self-published her own books Lost Outside These Walls and I Want to Write, But Don’t Know Where to Start, and compiled, co-written and published Stolen Moments and Caring Moments, two books created to support and guide people caring for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

As a Writing Coach, Elizabeth has provided individual coaching, mentoring, critiques and feedback to thousands of writers of all levels for well-over a decade. She’s also had regular television and radio segments, is regularly invited to give talks, run courses, give interviews and facilitate workshops.

While through her business, Writing to Inspire, Elizabeth has run and judged international writing competitions, provided regular writing prompts and offered ongoing advice and answers to writing questions.