The Better Writing Skills Course

Price: $ 645.00


The Better Writing Skills Course

Transform your writing errors into excellent writing.

Upskill and make your business communication stand out using
great writing skills.

On the Better Writing Skills Course, 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, then complete an hour-long grammar exam focussed specifically on your areas of need.

Please note: This is not 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:

Grammar Skills Course (English Second Language)


Grammar for Writers Course (English First Language)

This Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from a professional writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, an expert in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

A Writing Course Designed Around You

Impress your team with your excellent writing skills.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • correct errors you didn’t know you were making
  • use correct grammar and punctuation
  • improve your writing style and flow
  • increase your writing confidence and enjoyment of written tasks

'A really worthwhile course tailored to your weaknesses. You should enrol, it will help you see your blindspots.'

Julian Wood , The Better Writing Skills Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes GST



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 30 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of six months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.

Creative Writing Course tutor at The Writers College Andrew Salmon

Tutor for this course

Andrew Salomon

Andrew Salomon is an award-winning author. He won the  PEN Literary Award for African Fiction and the Short.Sharp.Stories Award. His debut novel Tokoloshe Song was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award. Additionally, his short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Andrew is the author of the young adult thrillers The Chrysalis and Wonderbear. His latest novel is the dark fantasy thriller The Equilibrist. He completed an MA at the Institute for Archaeology at University College London. Some of his most memorable experiences have been at rock painting and engraving sites in rock shelters and subterranean caves across the world. These often find their way into his fiction.

Andrew tutors several courses at NZ Writers College, including the Write a Novel Course, the Advanced Novel Writing Course and the Advanced Short Story Writing Course.

Course Curriculum

Each student will receive feedback that addresses his/ her specific grammar and punctuation needs. There are several common problem areas for writers. Here are a few examples of problems addressed in this course.

    • Wordiness: how to cut unnecessary words and phrases.
    • Use correct sentence structure.
    • Cut repetition of content.
    • Create strong logical flow.
    • Paragraph effectively.
    • Use commas correctly (or other punctuation, such as apostrophes, hyphens and dashes).
    • Improve your writing style (ways to increase pace, tension and interest).
    • Using the correct word, and filling in missing words.
    • Eliminating common grammar errors.
    • Effective mix of sentence lengths.
    • Correct use of articles.
    • Precise use of language.
    • Keep verb tenses consistent.
    • Use point of view correctly and consistently.
    • Avoid clichés.


Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Better Writing Skills Course

You will receive an approval email and invoice within one working day.

*If the application form doesn’t submit, please contact admin and we’ll assist you.

Questions? We've Got Answers

You will receive a writing assignment from your tutor. Once the writing assignment has been completed and emailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, along with accompanying course notes. You would then receive the next assignment and continue until all of your modules are complete.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

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

  • Students must complete all writing assignments
  • The course must be completed within four months of registration
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course
  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Basic computer skills, as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

Because this course is designed around your specific needs it becomes difficult to give accurate time commitments. As a rough guide it would be around three hours per module.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

Got More Questions?

We would love to help you choose the best course for you. Tell us what style of writing you want to develop and we'll give you some options.