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Effective writing is a valuable skill that is necessary to succeed and advance in most professions. Individuals are recognized for their ability to successfully communicate their ideas to leadership, clients, and coworkers.

The Professional Writing Certificate consists of three classes: Writing Principles, Effective Business Writing, and Writing for Digital Media. You can take just one class, or combine all three to receive the certificate. Writing Principles is available for fall 2021, Effective Business Writing and Writing for Digital Media will be available spring 2022.

These short classes are fully online and self-paced. In just four weeks, you will develop some of the skills you need to communicate more effectively.

Writing Principles Course

Writing Principles: Style, Structure, and Grammar Course Information

If you are unsure about your ability to write an effective document, this course will improve your writing skills and boost your confidence. Implementing the techniques that you learn in this class will prepare you to successfully communicate in writing for many different circumstances.

The student will refresh and refine their writing skills by learning about style, structure, and grammar. The course focuses on adapting skills connected to writing styles, writing structures, and the technical aspects of writing, such as grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, to new writing tasks and audiences. Students will leverage their current writing skills and learned skills to new situations.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify strengths and areas for improvement in their writing
  • Identify usage patterns in their writing and adapt those patterns to varying writing tasks
  • Evaluate new writing tasks and apply effective structures in those tasks
  • Evaluate new writing tasks and select and apply appropriate prior writing knowledge
  • Compose documents that are responsive to audience needs, writing purposes, and genre conventions

Competencies to be gained:

  • Produce documents that effectively communicate with various internal and external audiences.
  • Independently produce documents in both familiar and new genres needed for professional and personal writing tasks.
  • Can adapt writing skills to new writing situations, like a new position or career

Effective Business Writing

The Effective Business Writing class is coming spring 2022!

Writing for Digital Media

The Writing for Digital Media class is coming spring 2022!


Registration for Fall 2021 is now open, and closes on August 31st. The Writing Principles class will begin on September 1st and students will have until September 30th to complete all coursework. The four-week course is entirely online and self-paced. Students may complete the class anytime within the four weeks the course is available.

The Effective Business Writing and Writing for Digital Media classes will be offered in spring 2022.


The course is $425, with a $35 transaction fee per payment. No books are required for this course.

What do I receive after I pass the course?

You will receive a certification of completion after you successfully complete all three courses.

You may also request to receive a digital badge for each class that will be embedded with the competencies learned. This badge can be added to your resume, LinkedIn page, portfolio, or even share it with your current or future employer.


Jessica L. Parker, PhD, has more than two decades of experience teaching writing. She has a degree in English and Biology from Baylor University and a Master’s and PhD in English from the University of Denver. Jessica is currently a Professor of English and Director of First Year Writing. She loves language and helping others to work with language effectively. She deeply believes in the power of writing to help all of us achieve our goals and desires.

Writing Principles instructor Jessica Parker


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