Online Course: Non-Fiction Writing

During this six-week course, students will be closely guided in order to achieve success in writing powerful, tightly-focused, precise and convincing non-fiction. Classes will begin with lively discussion of a topic to generate ideas for writing, helping students to shape their thoughts before putting pen to paper. The second part of each class will be set aside for applying these ideas by writing a piece of non-fiction. A writing framework will be provided, along with helpful vocabulary. This guidance will ensure that every student produces an effective piece of writing. My philosophy of instruction is based on the science of how we develop skills: practice makes permanent. Whatever we do repeatedly, we get good at doing. It is vital that students practise writing in an accurate, focused and convincing way, and this course will give them many opportunities to do just that.

The topics for writing are as follows:

Weeks 1-2:
‘All sport should be fun, fair and open to everyone. These days, sport seems to be more about money, corruption and winning at any cost.’
Write an article for a newspaper in which you explain your point of view on this statement.

Weeks 3-4:
‘Parents today are overprotective. They should let their children take part in adventurous, even risky, activities to prepare them for later life.’
Write an article for a broadsheet newspaper in which you argue for or against this statement.

Weeks 5-6:
‘Cars are noisy, dirty, smelly and downright dangerous. They should be banned from all town and city centres, allowing people to walk and cycle in peace.’
Write a letter to the Minister for Transport arguing your point of view on this statement.

Find out more about this, and all of my courses, on my website:

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