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Writers At Work: A Review for Professionals - Part IV: Achieving A Professional Style


This is the last of four review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and style. While it is preferable that students take all four courses in sequence, they may also pick and choose the individual courses that suit their needs.

Part IV of the review will help the student develop an emphatic and readable style and to design visually appealing documents. Exercises, tutoring and mastery quizzes help students ensure that they understand the concepts and can revise their own writing to emphasize important points, flow logically, and appeal to the eye. Topics include managing sentence emphasis, creating parallel structures in sentences and paragraphs, maintaining flow and focus in sentences and paragraphs, and designing documents.

Required book: The Classic Guide to Better Writing: Step-by-Step Techniques and Exercises to Write Simply, Clearly and Correctly By Rudolf Flesch & Abraham H. Lass


  1. The student demonstrates the ability to identify and revise unfocused and awkward writing and to create emphatic, logical, and visually appealing prose.
  2. The student demonstrates the ability to use parallelism and sentence structure to emphasize information
  3. The student demonstrates an ability to design documents that are visually appealing and that improve reader retention of information.
  4. The student demonstrates an ability to use white space, headings and appropriate type styles for particular types of documents.


  1. The class provides several levels of assessment:
  • A diagnostic test, taken at the beginning of the course, which assesses the student's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Exercises that allow students to practice what they learn each week.
  • Weekly quizzes that allow the student to prove his or her mastery of the concepts learned. Student must attain a mastery level of 80% in each unit.
  • course quick facts
    course code DED254
    cost $145.00
    estimated time to
    complete course
    16 Hours
    course materials
    4 Weeks

    A freelance writer with over 1000 published articles, Elsie Walker has written for a variety of national publications as well as Elsie writes for several New Jersey newspapers. Elsie is as well a technical writer who specializes in user guides and writers in the workplace. Her specialization within technical writing is taking information and translating it into easy-to-understand text for the layperson. She teaches a number of online courses in technical writing and writing certification.