Free Online Writing Seminars from Top Universities

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MIT and Open University offer free online writing seminars. Areas of study include Western culture, literary theory, visual arts, grammar, prose fiction, and more.
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Free Writing Seminars

Writing seminars offer students the opportunity to explore literary theory and thought. With courses that cover essays, grammar, and literature, individuals can gain a free online education in writing.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The creative spark course offers a survey of creativity in Western culture. Students will read literature, watch films and write essays to explore the topic thoroughly. For the intro to literary theory course, students learn different ways to read and interact with literary texts.

Intro to literary criticism features the theory, history and practice of literary criticism. In the advanced writing seminar, students learn about the writing types used in professional settings. The interdisciplinary seminar explores various written and visual tools. Students try to discover and express themselves via the use of different types of media.

The advanced essay writing workshop is designed for students who already have advanced writing skills. Students read nonfiction prose and practice their own writing. The science essay writing course focuses on essays about technology and science. Students read works by other authors and create their own scientific essays.

The literature course aims to give students insight into various works in ethical philosophy by writers, including Plato, Aristotle, Dante, Shakespeare, Melville, Dostoyevsky, Shaw and O'Connor, among others. Students in the 'Race and Identity' course examine class and race through the viewpoints of American artists. Students learn how to argue a literary case.

Open University

The word and image course is an investigation of the combination of text and visual material, which results in meaning. For the intro to prose fiction course, students learn how to study texts at the university level. Intro to the English language presents developments in the English language between the 15th and 19th century. The English grammar course explores the differences between spoken and written English. Areas of study include how vocabulary and grammar are used in writing and speaking. Students in the 'Am I Ready?' course have the opportunity to evaluate their English language skills. Self-assessment is apart of the course

Free Online Writing Seminars At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
The Creative Spark course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Introduction to Literary Theory course from MIT Undergraduate Textbook Yes No Yes
Literary Interpretation: Literature and Photography: The Image course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Advanced Writing Seminar course from MIT Graduate Textbook/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Composing Your Life: Exploration of Self Through Visual Arts and Writing course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Advanced Essay Workshop course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
The Science Essay course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Literature and Ethical Values course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Race and Identity in American Literature: Keepin' it Real Fake course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Word and Image course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
Approaching Prose Fiction course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
Exploring the English Language course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
English Grammar in Context course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Am I Ready to Study in English? course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Arts in Communication
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Science Writing
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
  • Campus and Online Programs
    2. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA/English
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Fiction
      • MA in English and Creative Writing
      • MA in English
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Nonfiction
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Poetry
      • MA in Communication
    Bachelor's
      • BA in Communication - Professional Writing
      • BA in Creative Writing - Screenwriting
      • BA in Creative Writing - Poetry
      • BA in Creative Writing - Fiction Writing
      • BA Communications w/conc in New Media
      • BA in Creative Writing & English
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MEd - Reading Education
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
      • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Wilson Reading System Certification
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication

Featured Schools

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Science Writing
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Certificate in Science Writing
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment

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Ashford University

  • BA/English

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in English and Creative Writing - Fiction
  • MA in English and Creative Writing
  • BA in Communication - Professional Writing
  • BA in Creative Writing - Screenwriting

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Northcentral University

  • MEd - Reading Education

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
  • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer

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Saint Joseph's University

  • Wilson Reading System Certification

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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