Writing is an invaluable skill to possess. You can confidently communicate your ideas and possibly earn money. Therefore, this article recommends nine resources to help you improve your written communication skills. While some are free, others require a fee. Plus, they provide options to take your writing to another level.
Accessing a writing course is easier now than ever thanks to technology. You have the option of taking a course online or in person. The goal, however, is to enroll in the correct one. That being said, which area is causing you the most trouble? Grammar? Sentence structure? Punctuation? Sign up for what makes the most sense or you will get frustrated and waste your time.
Contact your local college or university for information on writing workshops. Often the continuing education division offers special programs for the community. You don’t have to be a student.
Visit your local library. You’ll find shelves full of writing books and they’re free. Once you find your favorites (the ones you have found most useful), I suggest that you create your own personal reference library. Good writing has a purpose. Writers have tools that they trust and use.
This option is a no-brainer. Like the library, bookstores have up-to-date writing resources. The good thing about large bookstores is that they have corners to read. You can have a free cup, coffee or milkshake, sit back and read.
Annual writing conferences are held locally and nationally. Google writing conferences to see what’s available. Even check your local library. The main branch of the Cleveland Public Library, for example, holds an annual conference for writers. Sessions cover a variety of topics. Participants attend for free.
Hire a tutor to guide you in a specific area of writing. For example, if you have difficulty writing essays, find a tutor who specializes in essay writing. On the other hand, if you are having difficulty with academic writing, team up with a tutor who specializes in this area. Please note that rates vary and are based on hourly rates. However, you decide what works best for you (number of hours, frequency, and location).
Amazon is packed with resources for writers of all ages and stages. Visit the site. You are guaranteed to find something that meets your needs.
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The Internet exposes you to a great deal of good information. Google improves writing skills. You’ll discover articles offering writing tips, worksheets, activities, inspiration, and more.