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The Art of Writing


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $650

Next Start Date:

March 31, 2021

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, you need to complete 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


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Course Sessions


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

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