VALRC Logo
Blank Image

Home |  About Us |  Professional Learning |  Program Leadership |  Regional Providers |  Events |  FAQ

Back to Facilitated Online Courses

Developing Writing Skills in Adults

8 weeks | 40 hours

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

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.

Preview the course syllabus.

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 valrccourses@vcu.edu.

Virginia Learning Center icon Blackboard icon image vaeln listserv icon image pluggedinVA icon image VALRC Fcebook icon image VALRC Twitter icon image LinkedIn icon image GED icon image Sound Cloud logo icon image YouTube logo icon image

The Literacy Institute @ VCU  |  Privacy  |  Accessibility   |   Webmaster
The VALRC, located at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU School of Education), is funded primarily through the VA Department of Education.
3600 West Broad Street, Suite 108 Richmond, Virginia 23230  |  (804) 828-6521  |  vdesk@vcu.edu
©2020 VALRC. All rights reserved. Updated: 10-22-2020