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The Art of Writing


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $679

Next Start Date:

March 30, 2023

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

Want to improve your writing, but not sure where to begin? This course will introduce you to essential principles and practices for creating writing worth reading.

We’ll begin by covering the basics: forging strong opening sentences, distinguishing telling from showing, eliminating weak language and producing clean prose. We’ll discover how imitating admired writers can help you recognize and enhance the quality of your own narrative voice. Finally, you’ll hone the important skills of editing and rewriting to refine your work.

Designed For

Anyone who wants to practice and strengthen their writing, from beginners to more experienced writers.

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What You’ll Learn

  • How to identify and use strong nouns and verbs
  • Techniques for keeping tension on every page
  • Ways to magnify conflict and raise stakes

Program Overview

To earn the Certificate in Writing, complete any three courses in two years or less.


You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

Learning Format

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Enjoy a blend of in-person classes and online study. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the course, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Blended (Classroom + Online)

This course runs from March 30, 2023, to June 1, 2023, and includes both online coursework and in-person classes.


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You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit options.

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