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R5,995.00

Better Writing Skills


Welcome to the Better Writing Skills Course at SA Writers College.

Sign up for our most tailored writing course yet – designed to transform your specific writing errors into excellent writing.

Our team will assess your writing and create a personalised six-module course to fix your unique grammar niggles, style issues and punctuation errors.

You will receive individualised feedback on five 500-word essays, as well as an hour-long grammar exam focusing specifically on your areas of need.

 

Please note: This course is not designed to be a comprehensive grammar course. It is designed for competent writers who need help with specific aspects of their writing. If you need a comprehensive course for English grammar please have a look at:
 

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“The course worked out like magic. With just one essay, the college has managed to identify critical issues in my writing and designed a specialised course that addressed all of my needs. The areas we have worked on were really helpful, especially when it came to the use of articles and idioms. Rosemary is just the perfect person for the job. Her patience and her tutoring exceeded my expectations.”

Moses Morera, Better Writing Skills Course

 

 


Course Details:


 

Students must complete:


 

Admission Requirements:


 
  • Duration: Six months. We suggest one month per module
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website
  • Six assignments comprising five essays and one grammar exam.
  • We will require an example of your writing upfront to confirm your suitability for the course.
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification required.

 

 

Tutor for this course:


 
  Andrew-Salomon
Andrew Salomon has won numerous awards for his short stories, and his debut novel Tokoloshe Song was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award. He has a great deal of experience guiding students with improving their grammar and punctuation, and he loves being part of the tutoring process whereby aspiring writers can begin to develop their fiction writing skills.

Andrew also tutors the Mastering Punctuation course.

Read more about Andrew here.


 

Course Curriculum



Each student will receive feedback that addresses his/ her specific grammar and punctuation needs. There are around 50 common problem areas for writers. Here are a few examples of problems addressed in this course.
 
  1. Wordiness: how to cut unnecessary words and phrases.
  2. Use correct sentence structure.
  3. Cut repetition of content.
  4. Create strong logical flow.
  5. Paragraph effectively.
  6. Use commas correctly (or other punctuation, such as apostrophes, hyphens and dashes).
  7. Improve your writing style (ways to increase pace, tension and interest).
  8. Using the correct word, and filling in missing words.
  9. Eliminating common grammar errors.
  10. Effective mix of sentence lengths.
  11. Correct use of articles.
  12. Precise use of language.
  13. Keep verb tenses consistent.
  14. Use point of view correctly and consistently.
  15. Avoid clichés.
 
 

 

How does the course work?


You will receive a writing assignment from your tutor. Once the writing assignment has been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete. You would then receive the next assignment and continue until all of your modules are complete.


 

Conditions of Certification:


Students will receive an SA Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all of the writing assignments.
  • The course must have been completed within the determined duration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course


 


Need more advice about the best course for you?

We would love to chat to you if you have any questions about our writing courses.

If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos a call at 021 813 9224. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in South Africa and internationally.

  • If you have questions about how we work, we have information in our FAQ section and How We Train section.
  • If you want to pay off your course fee, please read the information here.
  • For information on our refund policy, please read our policies here.
  • To register for the course, please click here:
 
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Work at your own pace with an individual tutor to effect real improvements in the way you write.

 

 
 
 

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About Us

We offer specialised, online writing courses tutored by award-winning writers in South Africa. Get the writing tools you need, expert insider advice and hours and hours of writing practice.
 

Locations

Study from anywhere in South Africa: Cape Town, Western Cape; Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng; Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Bloemfontein, Free State; Nelspruit, Mpumalanga; Kimberley, Northern Cape and Polokwane, Limpopo.

About Us

We offer specialised, online writing courses tutored by award-winning writers in South Africa. Get the writing tools you need, expert insider advice and hours and hours of writing practice.
 

Locations

Study from anywhere in South Africa: Cape Town, Western Cape; Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng; Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Bloemfontein, Free State; Nelspruit, Mpumalanga; Kimberley, Northern Cape and Polokwane, Limpopo.
 

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Nichola Meyer or Koos Turenhout
Email: [email protected]

You can also leave a voice message on 021 813 9224 and we will phone you back within one working day.

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Contact Us

Nichola Meyer or Koos Turenhout
Email: [email protected]

 

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