Writing is an invaluable skill to possess. You can communicate your ideas with confidence 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. What’s more, they provide options to take your writing to another level.
Accessing a writing course is easier now than ever before due to technology. You have the option of taking a course online or in person. The goal, however, is to enroll in the right one. With that said, what area gives you the most trouble? Grammar? Sentence Structure? Punctuation? Sign up for what makes the most sense, or you’ll be frustrated and wasting your time.
Contact your local college or university to learn about writing workshops. Often the continuing education division offers special programs for the community. You don’t have to be student.
Visit your local library. You’ll find shelves lined with books on writing and they’re free. Once you find your favorites (those that have been most useful), I suggest building your own personal reference library. Good writing is purposeful. Writers have tools that they rely on, and they use them.
This option is a no-brainer. Like the library, bookstores have up to date resources on writing. What’s nice about the large bookstores is that they have reading nooks. You can grab a cup or coffee or a smoothie, sit there, and read for free.
Annual writing conferences are held at the local and national level. Google writing conferences to see what’s available. Even check your local library. The main branch of the Cleveland Public Library, for instance, holds an annual conference for writers. The sessions cover a range of topics. Participants attend for free.
Hire a tutor to coach you in a specific area of writing. For example, if you struggle with writing essays, find a tutor that specializes in essay writing. On the other hand, if you struggle with academic writing, team up with a tutor who specializes in this area. Please note that the fees vary and are based on hourly rates. Nevertheless, you decide what works best for you (number of hours, frequency, and location).
Amazon is loaded with resources for writers at all ages and stages. Visit the site. You’re guaranteed to find something to meet your needs.
- Writer’s Digest
This magazine is an oasis for fiction and non-fiction writers. It contains how-to articles, interviews, resources, and more. In addition to being informative, the magazine is motivating.
The Internet exposes you to a ton of good information. Google improving writing skills. You’ll uncover articles offering writing tips, worksheets, activities, inspiration, and more.