MSU Denver

About Writing Principles

If you are unsure about your ability to write an effective document, the Writing Principles 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 you will gain:

  • 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


Registration for Fall 2022 is now open!

The Writing Principles course will begin on September 1 and you have until October 13, 2022 to complete all coursework. Registration closes September 13, 2022.

The six-week course is entirely online and self-paced. Students may complete the class anytime within the six weeks the course is available.


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

What do I receive after I pass the course?

After completing the course, you will receive a digital badge 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.

If you take and complete either of the other two courses in the Professional Writing Certificate, Effective Business Writing or Writing for Digital Media, you will receive badges for each of those classes.

If you take and complete all three courses, you will receive a certification of completion.


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Phone: 303-615-1234

Office Location:
Jordan Student Success Building
3rd Floor – #330
Auraria Campus

Mailing Address:
MSU Denver
Innovative and Lifelong Learning
P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 6
Denver, CO 80217-3362