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The Written Word




6 Months

About the Course

The Written Word, is a course thatconsists of modules, each with a specific learning objective and a practical assignment. For each module, materials have been provided to help you through the course and allow for quick references or easy use to complete assignments. There is no pass or fail; the information provided here is meant to help you hone your craft. The modules are:

Module 1: Multiple Lessons

The Written Word. Why should we know all we can if we wish to write for a profession? Because writing is not only a skill, but also an art and a craft. It requires constant learning, practice, and improvement. Writing for a profession is not only a way to earn money, but also a way to contribute to society and make a difference in the world. In our lessons,

You will:

  • be able to avoid common errors

  • learn to adapt to different genres, formats and situations

  • enhance the creativity, clarity, credibility and style of your writing

  • review the fundamentals of spelling, punctuation, capitalization and sentence structure

  • learn how to avoid common errors such as run-on sentences, comma splices and fragments

  • learn about the nuances of punctuation

  • learn how to use commas, semicolons, colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, quotation marks and other punctuation marks appropriately

  • learn how to avoid over-punctuation and under-punctuation

Practical Assignment



Module 2: Multiple Lessons

The elements of style. This module is to help you learn about the elements of style in writing and why they're important. By applying these lessons to your own writing, you will be able to improve your style and enhance your writing skills. Know your audience and purpose. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to know your audience

  • what you want to achieve with your writing

  • why knowing your audience and purpose will help you choose the appropriate tone, vocabulary, structure, and format for your writing

Practical Assignment



Module 3: Multiple Lessons

Being clear and consise. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to be clear and concise in your writing

  • what clarity means

  • how clarity makes your writing easy to understand and follow

  • what conciseness means

  • how conciseness makes your writing free of unnecessary words and details

  • how to achieve both clarity and conciseness together

  • what clarity and conciseness does

  • how to choose the right words, tone and voice for your audience and purpose

  • how to avoid clichés, jargon and vague language

Practical Assignment



Module 4: Multiple Lessons

The beauty of figurative language. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to use similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole and other figures of speech to enhance your writing

  • how to avoid mixed metaphors, dead metaphors and clichéd metaphors

Practical Assignment



Module 5: Multiple Lessons

Be consistent and coherent. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • what being consistent means

  • what coherent writing means

  • how to achieve consistency and coherence in your writing

  • what consistency and coherency does to your writing

Practical Assignment



Module 6: Multiple Lessons

The art of paragraphing. The art of paragraphing is a crucial skill for any writer who wants to communicate effectively and clearly. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • what defines a paragraph

  • what is the primary role of a paragraph and why master it

  • what value visual breaks have

  • how to organize your ideas into coherent and cohesive paragraphs

  • how to use transitions, topic sentences and supporting details effectively

  • the types of paragraphs and where they are used

  • what the differences are between a descriptive paragraph and an informative paragraph

  • what the differences are between a persuasive paragraph and an explanatory paragraph

Practical Assignment



Module 7: Multiple Lessons

The power of sentences. A good sentence should capture the reader's attention, communicate the writer's message, and reflect the writer's voice. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • what are sentences, and what they can convey besides words

  • what are their main components

  • how sentences can create different effects

  • what rhythm has to do with sentences

  • what are the things that affects sentences

  • pitfalls

  • how to vary your sentence length, structure and type to create interest and impact

  • how to use parallelism, coordination and subordination to express complex ideas

Practical Assignment



Module 8: Multiple Lessons

The rules of grammar. Fortunately, you can learn how to fix some of the most frequent grammar mistakes in writing. Grammar mistakes can ruin your writing and lower your credibility. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to use nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and other parts of speech correctly

  • identify errors such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement and modifier placement

  • subject-verb agreement

  • comma splice

  • dangling modifiers

Practical Assignment



Module 9: Multiple Lessons

The craft of dialogue. Crafting dialogue is a skill that can enhance any story, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. However, dialogue can also confuse the reader if it is not punctuated properly. In our lessons,

You will learn

  • how to write realistic and engaging dialogue that advances your plot and reveals your characters

  • how to use dialogue tags, punctuation and formatting correctly

  • single and double quotation marks and their rules of use

  • when to lower and raise your case

  • how dialogue helps the reader to follow the flow of the conversation

  • to distinguish between different speakers using proper dialogue format

  • what dialogue can reveal and how

Practical Assignment



Module 10: Multiple Lessons

The principles of persuasion. The principles of persuasion are essential for writing effective texts that can influence your readers' opinions, actions or beliefs. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to write persuasive texts that appeal to your readers' emotions, logic and ethics

  • learn how to use rhetorical devices such as ethos, pathos, logos, repetition and rhetorical questions effectively

  • to define all the aspects of persuasive texts

  • learn the value of each

Practical Assignment



Module 11: Multiple Lessons

Filler words. Learn how to identify and eliminate unnecessary words that weaken your sentences and dilute your message. Filler words are common pitfalls that writers should avoid in order to improve their writing skills and produce clear, concise, and professional texts. By learning how to identify and eliminate filler words from their writing, writers can enhance their communication and expression and convey their message more effectively.

You will learn:

  • what filler words are

  • what modifiers are

  • what hedges are

  • what redundancies are

  • what filler phrases are

  • why they are problematic

  • how to avoid them in your writing

  • modifiers and how they are fillers

Practical Assignment



Module 12: Multiple Lessons

Trouble Words. Many people have trouble with words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings. Spelling mistakes can ruin your writing and make you look unprofessional.

You will learn:

  • how to spot and correct some of the most common spelling errors, such as i before e, silent letters, and homophones

  • rules and tips that will help you improve your spelling skills and avoid embarrassing mistakes in your writing

  • learn the basic rules of spelling

  • how to spell and use trouble words correctly

  • to identify some of the most commonly confused words in English

  • what homophones are

  • why they confuse writers

  • methods to avoid making mistakes and communicate cleary and professionally

  • to save time editing work

Practical Assignment



Module 13: Multiple Lessons

Tricky Words. Many people struggle with some tricky words in English that have similar meanings or pronunciations, but different usages.

You will learn:

  • how to master some of the most challenging words in English, such as lie/lay, who/whom, and fewer/less

  • the rules and exceptions for using these words correctly

  • some tips and tricks to remember them

Practical Assignment



Module 14: Multiple Lessons

The passive voice. Passive voice is a grammatical construction that obscures the agent of an action and weakens the impact of your sentences. It makes your writing weak and boring, wordy and lose momentum. In our lessons,

You will learn

  • to identify the passive voice

  • what words create passive voice

  • how to avoid the passive voice

  • how to use active verbs that show who or what is performing the action

  • how to make your writing clear, direct, and engaging

Practical Assignment



Module 15: Multiple Lessons

Phonics And The Writer. One of the most important skills for a writer is to master phonics, which is the relationship between sounds and letters in a language. Phonics helps writers to spell words correctly, to pronounce words clearly, and to create words that rhyme or have rhythm. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • the main aspects of phonics

  • the alphabet is more than just letters

  • why syllables are important to writers

  • what are blends and digraphs

  • how do blends and digraphs help writers

  • what a diphthong is

  • what are the four concepts of phonics

Practical Assignment



Course Summary Video

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Breakdown of Fees: $904.00

$ 200.00 - base programming

$ 200.00 - For module set-up

$ 400.00 - For lessons: including:

  • videos

  • our copywritten forms

  • other materials

  • research

  • resources

  • forum access

  • Practical Assignment & Instructor Assessment

  • quizz

  • summary

  • instructor access

  • 6 month access to program


  • taxes

  • service fee

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Your Instructor

J.L. Slipak

J.L. Slipak

Certified Freelance Writer, Editor, Published Author, CEO of Dark Dove Publishing, Over 40 Years Experience in The Written Word

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