Clear and Descriptive Writing


Master sentences, shape strong paragraphs, and develop compelling pieces through the exercises in this course for adults who want to brush up on their written communication skills for everyday life.

Starting at $745.00
As few as 11 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Focus on the basics of the sentence and the paragraph
  • Understand how tone, voice, and diction can affect your meaning, and how to use these elements for success
  • Complete exercises and assignments that allow you to practice lessons from class

About this course:

Clear and Descriptive Writing focuses on the basics of sentence and paragraph, providing tools to enable clear, focused, and descriptive essays and other writing objectives. Starting with focused sentence exercises, you move toward creating clear, thoughtful, and organized paragraphs that employ tone, voice, and diction. As well as completing exercises and writing assignments, you collect examples of writing—both effective and ineffective—to present to the class in order to share and examine writing strategies. Toward the end of the class, students develop one essay-length piece of writing. In workshop groups, you hone this piece and help classmates improve their work. You leave with skills you can apply in various settings and with different writing projects.

Winter 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
This section has no set meeting times.
Future Offering (Opens November 01, 2021 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Jessica Barksdale
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Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required. 

This course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 19, 2022
Course Requirements
Book: Powerful Paragraphs by Bruce Ross-Larson
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