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A course is an opportunity to enhance knowledge on a particular subject. The reasons people take courses vary just as much as the time it takes to complete them. Whatever the reason for enrolling in a course, students can benefit from the knowledge gained therein.

What is a course in composition studies? Composition studies courses help students hone their writing skills to ensure that they are writing at a college level. The specific theme of the course can vary, but the main focus is improving the way participants write by examining the writing process itself. There are courses that focus on poetry, short stories, personal essays, nonfiction exposition or genres of fiction. In addition to intensive dissection of sample texts to discover skills to emulate, these courses often involve a certain amount of research.

The practice of writing can teach empathy and thus improve the student's ability to relate to others. In composition courses, scholars can also learn the critical analysis needed to communicate their thoughts effectively and inspire others. Finally, studying composition can fine-tune a writer's editing skills, improving his or her final work and the chances that a publisher may take notice.

The cost of a course can vary based on multiple factors. The length of the course can be one of the main determinants. The specific school and its location can also affect the overall price.

A composition studies course may lead to various careers where writing is an integral skill. Those who aspire to become professional writers often take courses to improve their technique, whether they are seeking positions as technical writers, copywriters, ghostwriters, novelists or poets. Studying composition can also improve the skills needed to become a researcher or grant writer. Teachers at every level, from elementary school to graduate school, also need the strong writing skills learned in composition courses.

Many schools offer online opportunities for learning. Online courses allow students to learn new skills with minimal disruption to their schedules. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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22 Results in Composition Studies

Escuela de Escritores

Since Stieg Larsson published the Millennium saga, the adepts to the genre have not stopped growing. Readers, publishers, booksellers: all in search of the same: the blac ... [+]

With Marcelo Luján

Workshop Description

Since Stieg Larsson published the Millennium saga, the adepts to the genre have not stopped growing. Readers, publishers, booksellers: all in search of the same: the black novel. But what is a black novel nowadays? What are the keys to writing dark stories? Is it possible to dispense with the police investigation in a text called "negro"?

We believe - and we have proof of this - that there is a new way of telling reality. We believe that the rise for "the black" does not directly refer to the classic histories of detective research. The Greek tragedy - Oedipus Rey, for example - is usually a narrative plagued by darkness, without the strict necessity of resorting to research. That is, evil occurs - evil exists - prior to the discovery of the killer. And it is this aspect that interests us, because it breaks with the traditional canons. Everything that has to do with evil, attracts us. As readers but also as writers.... [-]

Spain Spain Online
September 2019
Part-time
3 months
Online
Escuela de Escritores

This workshop is a runway for people wishing to improve their writing, either because their work requires it, for their studies (administrative, translators, university s ... [+]

Workshop Description

This workshop is a runway for people wishing to improve their writing, either because their work requires it, for their studies (administrative, translators, university students, opponents ...) or because they want to get started in literary creation. It provides the necessary grammatical and stylistic notions so that the student acquires a solid formal basis that allows him to confidently face the writing of any type of text.

In the course both native speakers and foreigners can participate from a level C1 in Spanish.

Functioning

The courses are taught in our virtual Campus and can be followed from anywhere and at any time. Each unit the teacher comments on all the texts in a written report, in which besides making a personalized comment to each student, makes a global commentary, focused on the theme of the unit and complemented by what was discussed in the group along unit. ... [-]

Spain Spain Online
September 2019
Part-time
3 months
Online
Escuela de Escritores

This workshop will provide us with the fundamental keys to understanding poetry and poetic writing. We will be based on the reading and analysis of poets of reference in ... [+]

Workshop Description

This workshop will provide us with the fundamental keys to understanding poetry and poetic writing. We will be based on the reading and analysis of poets of reference in the contemporary, at the same time, discovering our own voice, its rhythm, its structure, its way of being made and of being said.

In order to do this, it will be proposed during the course of practice on the poem from the first day: how to face the blank page, how to find the right mold for the expression of meaning, how to let the text rest and then rewrite it and finally we can perform that intense work of language that is the poem. The learning will be completed with the writing of your own texts so that during the process, and from an appropriate theoretical framework, you can find your own voice.... [-]

Spain Spain Online
October 2019
Part-time
9 months
Online
Escuela de Escritores

Our world moves to flashes and with small stories that form a whole, and the short story is no less. In this course of initiation we will learn techniques and tricks very ... [+]

Workshop Description

Our world moves to flashes and with small stories that form a whole, and the short story is no less. In this course of initiation we will learn techniques and tricks very useful to provide our brief stories of strength and depth. Count a lot with very little. Suggest. Impacting the reader and catching him. Through the writing and analysis of the texts (own and those of other authors) the student will discover their own style and preferences while evolving as a writer.

The subject of the Short Story course is written in collaboration with our teachers specialized in the genre of the tale, such as Angel Zapata, Javier Sagarna, Aixa de la Cruz, Paula Lapido, Ignacio Ferrando, Alfonso Fernandez Burgos Matías Candeira, Juan Carlos Márquez, Mariana Torres and Juan Gómez Bárcena, among others.... [-]

Spain Spain Online
October 2019
Part-time
9 months
Online
Escuela de Escritores

The Novel Itinerary is a teaching program designed specifically for the training of novelists. Throughout this program students will learn the method proposed by School o ... [+]

How to Write a Novel

The Novel Itinerary is a teaching program designed specifically for the training of novelists. Throughout this program students will learn the method proposed by School of Writers to conceive, structure and write a novel from the initial idea until its last correction.

This program was born from the collaboration and the teaching exchange with our sister school, Escola d'Escriptura de l'Ateneu Barcelonès, and was developed by the faculty of Writers' School, bringing together the knowledge of teachers specializing in narrative techniques such as Javier Sagarna, Magdalena Tirado, Alfonso Fernández Burgos or Magdalena Shot with the experience of novelists like Rubén Abella, José Ovejero, Lara Moreno, Ignacio Ferrando or María José Codes.... [-]

Spain Spain Online Madrid
October 2019
Part-time
3 years
Campus
Online
Escuela de Escritores

Writing is a trade that can be learned. If you want to write, you can, but first you must know the techniques of a trade as old as the man: the storyteller. Because a sto ... [+]

Rafa TurnesDescription of the workshop

Writing is a trade that can be learned. If you want to write, you can, but first you must know the techniques of a trade as old as the man: the storyteller. Because a story can take many forms: that of a story or a novel, yes, but also that of a conference, an advertisement or a biography.

The agenda of Creative Writing has been prepared by Enrique Páez, one of the pioneers of the teaching of creative writing in Spain. Enrique knows that the first step in writing a story is ... to start writing. Overcoming the fears associated with creation, freeing the imagination and knowing the techniques that allow you to express your talent (the characters, the construction of the scene, the visibility, the narrator, the time ...) are the objectives of this course. With your unbound writing and mastery of narrative techniques, the time will come to manipulate and transcend them.... [-]

Spain Spain Online
September 2019
Part-time
3 months
Online
Miami Ad School - Rio de Janeiro

In the course of Copywriting and create, you'll learn how to write. Ie the Miami Ad School / ESPM Rio you will write and, above all, learn. Only here you find challenging ... [+]

Copywriting

Get inspired.

In the course of Copywriting and create, you'll learn how to write.

Learning to write is a carpentry exercise. Here we need to tailor every detail, until you get something brilliant.

Learning to write is a detachment of exercise. Here you need to know to throw away, to achieve something unique.

Learning to write is a repeat exercise. Here we need to do more, to get the final result.

Ie the Miami Ad School / ESPM Rio you will write and, above all, learn. Only here you find challenging, real life and a lot of refação.

It is the challenge to think creatively translated into words.

And if, after all this writing, find the inspiration is gone, just look around you, for your last lesson, you will learn that when it comes to Rio de Janeiro, will not lack inspiration.... [-]

Brazil Rio de Janeiro
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
The Proofreading Academy

Proofreading Academy is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience and want to sharpen their skills. Whether you want to pursue a career in proofrea ... [+]

Weʼre About to Change Your Life

After completing our course, you will be able to:

Proofread any business, creative, or academic document to a professional standard. Produce your own documents with confidence in their quality. Use major academic referencing styles correctly. Proofread documents written in British, American and Australian English. Make the most of Microsoft Word. Begin your career as a professional proofreader. Here’s what you need to know

The course currently comprises ten modules of teaching, testing, and exercises:

1. Editing and Proofreading: An Introduction

2. The Basics of Microsoft Word

3. Common Spelling Mistakes

4. Common Grammar Mistakes... [-]

USA New York
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
30 hours
Online
Texas Tech University Worldwide eLearning

Every profession requires communication skills. People with excellent communication skills get jobs and promotions. A minor in Technical Communication can help you learn ... [+]

Minor in Technical Communications

Every profession requires communication skills. People with excellent communication skills get jobs and promotions. A minor in Technical Communication can help you learn the skills you need to succeed, no matter where your professional life takes you.

Program Overview

Regardless of your major, a minor in Technical Communication can:

Teach you to sharpen all forms of written communication—and to give it the biggest possible impact on the world. Give you the tools to communicate with people from all walks of life and from across the world. Facilitate your ability to work in a team. Show you how to use technology to build understanding. Give you the opportunity to learn from world-class faculty. Application Process ... [-]
USA USA Online
September 2019
Full-time
Online
Churchill Square Training And Development

The Internet is full of fascinating places to find information, check out your favorite companies and stores, look for deals, read the news, and much more. ... [+]

Course Summary

The Internet is full of fascinating places to find information, check out your favorite companies and stores, look for deals, read the news, and much more. However, people don’t read information on the web in the same way that they read a printed newspaper, magazine, or a book. As writers, we have to be very aware of how people approach a web page so that we can create interesting and engaging content. This one-day course is for people who write for readers on the web.

What students learn Apply engaging techniques that draw readers to web pages Enhance their writing with other forms of media Make their writing accessible to a variety of readers What's included Getting... [-]
United Kingdom Portsmouth
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 day
Online
Churchill Square Training And Development

It is essential to understand how to write reports and proposals that get read. We write reports in a range of formats and a variety of purposes. Whether you need to repo ... [+]

Course Summary

It is essential to understand how to write reports and proposals that get read. We write reports in a range of formats and a variety of purposes. Whether you need to report on a product analysis, inventory, feasibility studies, or something else, report writing is a skill you will use again and again. Having a method to prepare these documents will help you be as efficient as possible with the task. This course will build on a solid base of writing skills to present information in formal, informal, and proposal styles.

Participants should complete Velsoft’s Business Writing That Works course before taking this workshop.

What students learn Prepare reports and ... [-]
United Kingdom Portsmouth
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Online
Churchill Square Training And Development

We all know what good writing is. It’s the novel we can’t put down, the poem we never forgot, and the speech that changes the way we look at the world. Good writing is th ... [+]

Course Summary

We all know what good writing is. It’s the novel we can’t put down, the poem we never forgot, and the speech that changes the way we look at the world. Good writing is the memo that gets action and the letter that says what a phone call can’t.

In business writing, the language is concrete, the point of view is clear, and the points are well expressed. Good writing is hard work, and even the best writers get discouraged. However, with practice, you can feel more confident about your own writing. This two-day workshop will give you the tools to become a better writer.

What students learn The value of good written communication. The proper format for memos, le... [-]
United Kingdom Portsmouth
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 days
Online
Imperial Education for Excellence

Our 1-day masterclass in creative writing will help you gain the tools you need to craft and pitch your novel. Our masterclass, led by author Carlie Sorosiak, will teach ... [+]

Masterclass description

Our 1-day masterclass in creative writing will help you gain the tools you need to craft and pitch your novel.

Our masterclass, led by author Carlie Sorosiak, will teach you how to build compelling characters and interesting worlds, as well as pitch those ideas to literary agents and build an online platform.

Skills and techniques to craft the story you’ve always wanted to tell Advice on what literary agents are dying to see, and how to snag their attention Techniques for building an author platform that’ll get you noticed in a crowded marketplace All of your burning publishing questions answered Schedule for the day: 9.45 am – 10.15 am: Arrivals, tea, coffee and biscuits 10.45 am – 11.30 am: Presentation - The Art of Characterisation and World-Building 11.30 am – 11.45 am: Informal Discussion over Tea and Coffee 11.45 am – 1.00 pm: Presentation - How to Get a Literary Agent and Break into the Market 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm: Presentation - Building an Author Presence Online 3.00pm – 3.15pm: Informal Discussion over Tea and Coffee 3.15pm – 4.00pm: Interactive writing task 4.15 – 4.30: Q&A session 4.30 pm: Wrap up and end Price: ... [-]
United Kingdom London
August 2019
Full-time
1 day
Campus
Oxford Royale Academy

The ideal programme both for students who wish to write for a living and those who wish to expand their literary horizons in order to gain a head start ahead of going to ... [+]

Even if your interest in creative writing and literature is that of a hobbyist rather than an academic, the skills you can expect to gain from this course will be highly transferable to other areas, particularly within the humanities. The emphasis of the course is not only on developing a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area, but also in training broader skills in research, communication, analysis and independent study.

The Extended Project

As with all of the Oxford Gap Year programmes, the Creative Writing and Literature course focuses on the production of an extended piece of writing that the student must research and produce independently under the guidance of our tutors. Students on the Creative Writing and Literature Gap Year programme have the choice to write an academic thesis, such as an evaluation of a particular text or texts, or to focus on producing an extended piece of creative writing, which might be a series of poems, a novella, a collection of short stories or something else along similar lines.... [-]

United Kingdom Yarnton Oxford
September 2019
Full-time
10 - 10 weeks
Campus
Of Course Learning

If you want to write fiction, then short stories are a great place to start and a great source of income. This course, led by author Jane Bettany, will show you how to fi ... [+]

If you want to write fiction, then short stories are a great place to start and a great source of income.

This course, led by author Jane Bettany, will show you how to find ideas, put your stories together and how to submit them to an editor. We will cover essential elements of story writing such as plot and structure, dialogue, characterization, setting, tense, viewpoint and so much more!

There are downloadable writing exercises, a list of current short story markets, lecture handouts and short stories themselves.

Finally, we will cover editing – one of the most important parts of the writing process. This comes with tips on proofreading, preparing and submitting your manuscript.... [-]

United Kingdom UK Online USA USA Online
Open Enrollment
Part-time
Online