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Developing Writing Skills in Adults

Writing is a complicated process, and even experienced writers may feel anxiety and nervousness when facing a writing assignment. This course will help you guide your learners through the writing process, from just getting words on paper (or screen) through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and presenting their work. Along the way, participants will learn instructional and feedback strategies and do some writing of their own.

Through the online course format, you can learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Facilitators, available to help you throughout the eight-week course, lead you through the content and technical aspects of the course. The course incorporates information about and approaches relevant for teaching the 2014 series GED® extended response.

Each week's lesson addresses a topic in adult education pertaining to writing. Course activities include readings, assignments, and discussions. The lessons are sequential.

Lessons and resources included in the course:
  • Why Write?
  • Pre-Writing
  • Writing the First Draft
  • Strategies for Writing Instruction
  • Radical Revision
  • Editing: Style and Conventions
  • Writing and Special Populations
  • Presentation and Publication

Completion of the course is designed to require a minimum of 40 hours of your time; approximately five hours a week. However, you may find that you want to spend longer with some topics.

Because the course is designed for busy professionals, it is scheduled over several weeks to allow time to work through the materials and complete the course according to your schedule.

In order to receive the certificate for participating in the Developing Writing Skills in Adults training, you must complete all assignments, respond to each discussion question, and respond at least once to one of your classmates in any of the week’s discussion/assignment forums.

Remember that, although you will gain from doing the activities, you will learn most from discussions with your online colleagues and facilitator. To keep our discussions as productive as possible, you must stay within the timeframe outlined for this course.

To register for this course, go to the Virginia Learning Center (VLC). Please be sure you are logged off of your VLC account before you click on this link. The link will take you to a log in portal. After you log in, you will see the course registration information for this course only. There is a prerequisite, which you must click on and complete prior to registration. This takes the place of and combines our former How to Be a Good Online Learner short course and the Online Learner Contract requirement, with a few simple clicks. We look forward to your participation in Developing Writing Skills in Adults Online Course.

This course is available to out-of-state participants for a fee of $200. To begin the registration process for out-of-state participants, please send an email to

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