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"Free Online Writing Courses are out there and they offer much more than a class, they can help you reach your writing goals, can lead to some great freelance writing jobs, offer information about freelance writing opportunities and the best part, they can lead you to many great new careers!"

Do free courses really exist? Yes, they do and you may want to check them out.

You want to break into the writing field, but just don't really know if you need take a formal writing class.

"If you want to write, but don’t, this course will show you how."

- Anna Paradox

Honestly, it doesn't matter if you are looking to break into the field of writing or currently write professionally, formal writing courses can help you to polish your skills and make you a better writer.

Yet with the price of education skyrocketing, you may just not have the money for campus-based courses. But don't despair, there are plenty of universities offering free writing courses online.

Yes, you heard me right, free online writing courses are offered and I am going to tell you where!


But I also would like to make a request!

If you have taken a great class, or if you offer one, I would love to hear from you! Share your favorite writing course!

Listed here are many different classes that you can take for free, but not all of them are.

These free online writing courses are a great way to spark your creative writing ideas and allow you the opportunity to try some different styles of writing so you can strengthen your skill set and see what you enjoy most.

If you prefer to take a home study course, American Writers & Artists Inc. offers classes in many high paying markets for writers such as copywriting, grant writing, writing case studies, writing for the web, Writing High-Performance B2B Copy, freelance writing, travel writing, and more. The courses are not free, but you will finish with a business, not just a class.

I took the copywriting course and have been making really good money writing from my home. I learned so much and still refer to my class materials for review. I highly recommend them if your looking for a home study course that you do at your own pace, and you'd like to make a good living with your writing skills.


  • Wikiversity


  • Wikiversity is an active learning project that encourages people to create and benefit from online courses and tutorials. There are currently several different writing courses that can be found at Wikiversity, many of which focus on technical writing. Although these courses vary in length and content, there's something for everyone. No registration is required.

    Introduction to Web Writing
    Narrative Dialog Editing
    Technical Writing Courses


  • Utah State University


  • The English Department at Utah State University publishes three free courses in writing through the school's Open-Course-Ware program. The courses are extensive and may take up to 16 weeks to complete if you study at the average pace. No registration is required.

    These courses are similar to the courses that might be found in a professional writing degree program.

    Intermediate Research Writing
    Technology for Professional Writers


  • Purdue University


  • In 1994, Purdue University brought their writing lab to life online to offer a writing resource to students no matter where they were located. Online Writing Lab (OWL) materials are now free to everyone regardless of location or student status. You can visit the OWL site anytime, as it offers writing instruction, grammar and usage information, individualized help from tutors and much more. No registration is required.

    The Writing Process
    Mechanics
    Common Writing Assignments


  • News University


  • News University has a solid e-learning program designed to provide training for journalists and other professional writers.

    Most of the courses offered at News U are free, especially those that are self-directed. Courses cover everything from writing and editing to reporting and ethics. News U also offers a newsletter, a blog and other great resources. Registration is required, but the course is free for everyone.

    Beat Basics and Beyond
    Managing Your Journalism Career and Skills
    Cleaning Your Copy


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