Polish Your Writing Style

Writing style is all about your choice of words and the order in which you use them. This unique course aims to help you acquire a professional writing style: a style that magazine and publishing editors will recognise as polished and coherent and (above all) saleable.

What You'll Learn: Course Modules and Content

1. Word Functions
2. Sentence structure
3. Questions of usage
4. Brevity and clarity
5. Punctuation
6. Elements of style

You will be shown how to use the rules to achieve a balance in your writing, learning exactly where you can bend or even break the rules to achieve your own lively and interesting writing style with the pace that the modern reader demands.

How should you structure paragraphs? What factors should influence your sentence length? What is the difference between a topic sentence and a what-next sentence and when should you use these sentences? These are typical questions your course addresses and will give you a flavour of the kind of work you will be tackling.

At the end of each unit, you will be set practical assignments. Some of these will involve rewriting entire passages in order to correct stylistic faults. Others will invite you to write sentences, paragraphs and sometimes longer passages, in which you demonstrate the use of certain stylistic devices and techniques.

As you near the end of your course, you will be able to send manuscripts that you have had rejected as part of your assignment so that your tutor can help you correct style faults. Or, if you are a new writer and have not yet submitted anything for publication, you may send your tutor a manuscript that you hope to have published.

Buy your course online today! Your course co-ordinator will email your personalised course materials as a PDF file to store safely on your computer. By emailing your course assignments your professional writing tutor will be able to critique and return your feedback to you faster than using the postal service.

Prefer your course materials by post? Contact our course team or call 01778 392 492 to get a quote (postal charges apply).

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Polish Your Writing Style (Non Subscriber Price) : £189.00

Polish Your Writing Style (Subscriber Price) : £170.00

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What Our Students Say

Diana has helped me a great deal and I have certainly gained confidence from her tutorials. Would you kindly send my thanks on to her - she is an outstanding tutor.

Margaret Turner, Cumbria - 22/05/2019

The feedback was exactly what I was needing, very fair and full of pointers to work on further. I was always going to struggle with the verb exercise and will go back over this a few times. I also need to think about nouns becoming adjectives as in the example 'aluminium guttering’ from the ‘View From Window’ exercise. I’ll be starting assignment two this week and very much looking forward to further feedback (I can’t help but feel John may have gone easy on me for my first submission).

Graeme Morrice, West Lothian - 15/03/2016

My tutor has become like a friend and has been so helpful.

D Simkin - 10/02/2016