Get a Writing Certificate

Are you interested in improving your writing skills? In this course, you will explore writing styles across genres, and learn how to bring your writing to the next level, no matter where you’re starting from.

Through an exploration and analysis of well known pieces, practical writing guidance, and engaging practice exercises, this course will equip you with a strong foundation in writing that will help you excel in your professional and creative pursuits.

What Happens in the Writing Certificate Course

The Writing Certificate Course is an online learning program with recommended readings from the textbook (Introduction to Writing Guide with Handbook). This course is self-directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Writing Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 9 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 6 weeks or as long as 18 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Writing Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 9 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course.

Course Topics

The Writing Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Writing Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College).

The Things We Carry: Experience, Culture, and Language

  • The Digital World Building on What You Already Know to Respond Critically
  • “Reading” to Understand and Respond
  • Social Media Trailblazer: Selena Gomez
  • Glance at Critical Response Rhetoric and Critical Thinking
  • Annotated Student Sample: Social Media Post and Responses on Voter Suppression
  • Writing Exercise: Thinking Critically about a “Text”
  • Evaluation: Intention versus Execution
  • Spotlight on … Academia
  • Portfolio: Tracing Writing Development

Language, Identity, and Culture: Exploring, Employing, Embracing

  • Seeds of Self
  • Identity Trailblazer: Cathy Park Hong
  • Glance at the issues: Oppression and Reclamation
  • Annotated Sample Reading from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Writing Exercise: Thinking Critically about How identity is Constructed through Writing
  • Evaluation: Antiracism and Inclusivity
  • Spotlight on … Variations of English
  • Portfolio: Decolonizing Self

Literacy Narrative: Building Bridges, Bridging Gaps

  • Identity and Expression
  • Literacy Narrative Trailblazer: Tara Westover
  • Glance at Genre: the Literacy Narrative
  • Annotated Sample Reading: from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • Writing Exercise: Tracing the Beginnings of Literacy
  • Editing Focus: Sentence Structure
  • Evaluation: Self-Evaluating
  • Spotlight on … The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN)
  • Portfolio: A Literacy Artifact

Memoir of Personal Narrative: Learning Lessons From the Personal

  • Exploring the Past to Understand the Present
  • Memoir Trailblazer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Glance at Genre: Conflict, Detail, and Revelation
  • Annotated Sample Reading: from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
  • Writing Exercise: Making the Personal Public
  • Editing Focus: More on Characterization and Point of View
  • Evaluation: Structure and Organization
  • Spotlight on … Multilingual Writers
  • Portfolio: Filtered Memories

Telling a Rich and Compelling Story

  • Profiles as Inspiration
  • Profile Trailblazer: Veronica Chambers
  • Glance at Genre: Subject, Angle, Background, and Description
  • Annotated Sample Reading: “Remembering John Lewis” by Carla D. Hayden
  • Writing Exercise: Focusing on the Angle of Your Subject
  • Editing Focus: Verb Tense Consistency
  • Evaluation: Text as Personal Introduction
  • Spotlight on … Profiling a Cultural Artifact
  • Portfolio: Subject as a Reflection of Self

Proposal: Writing about Problems and Solutions

  • Proposing Change: Thinking Critically about Problems and Solutions
  • Proposal Trailblazer: Atul Gawande
  • Glance at Genre: Features of Proposals
  • Annotated Student Sample: “Slowing Climate Change” by Shawn Krukowski
  • Writing Exercise: Creating a Proposal
  • Editing Focus: Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Evaluation: Conventions, Clarity, and Coherence
  • Spotlight on … Technical Writing as a Career
  • Portfolio: Reflecting on Problems and Solutions

Evaluation or Review: Would You Recommend It?

  • Thumbs up or Down?
  • Review Trailblazer: Michiko Kakutani
  • Glance at Genre: Criteria, Evidence, Evaluation
  • Annotated Student Sample: “Black Representation in Film” by Caelia Marshall
  • Writing Exercise: Thinking Critically about Entertainment
  • Editing Focus: Quotations
  • Evaluation: Effect on Audience
  • Spotlight on … Language and Culture
  • Portfolio: What the Arts Say about You

Analytical Report: Writing from Facts

  • Information and Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Report Trailblazer: Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Glance at Genre: Informal and Formal Analytical Reports
  • Annotated Student Sample: “U.S. Response to COVID-19” by Trevor Garcia
  • Writing Exercise: Creating an Analytical Report
  • Editing Focus: Commas with Nonessential and Essential Information
  • Reviewing the Final Draft
  • Spotlight on … Discipline-Specific and Technical Language
  • Portfolio: Evidence and Objectivity

Rhetorical Analysis: Interpreting the Art of Rhetoric

  • Breaking the Whole into Its Parts
  • Rhetorical Analysis Trailblazer: Jamil Smith
  • Glance at Genre: Rhetorical Strategies
  • Annotated Student Sample: “Rhetorical Analysis: Evicted by Matthew Desmond” by Eliana Evans
  • Writing Exercise: Thinking Critically about Rhetoric
  • Editing Focus: Mixed Sentence Constructions
  • Evaluation: Rhetoric Analysis
  • Spotlight on … Business and Law
  • Portfolio: How Thinking Critically about Rhetoric Affects Intellectual Growth

Position Argument: Practicing the Art of Rhetoric

  • Making a Case: Defining a Position Argument
  • Position Argument Trailblazer: Charles Blow
  • Glance at Genre: Thesis, Reasoning, and Evidence
  • Annotated Sample Reading: “Remarks at the University of Michigan” by Lyndon G. Johnson
  • Writing Exercise: Creating a Position Argument
  • Editing Focus: Paragraphs and Transitions
  • Evaluation: Varied Appeals
  • Spotlight on … Citation
  • Portfolio: Growth in the Development of Argument

Reasoning Strategies: Improving Critical Thinking

  • Developing Your Sense of Logic
  • Reasoning Trailblazer: Paul D. N. Hebert
  • Glance at Genre: Reasoning Strategies and Signal Words
  • Annotated Sample Reading: from Book VII of the Republic by Plate
  • Writing Exercise: Reasoning Supported by Evidence

Argumentative Research: Enhancing the Art of Rhetoric with Evidence

  • Introducing Research and Research Evidence
  • Argumentative Research Trailblazer: Samin Nosrat
  • Glance at Genre: Introducing Research as Evidence
  • Annotated Student Example: “Healthy Diets from Sustainable Sources Can Save the Earth” by Lily Tran
  • Writing Exercise: Integrating Research
  • Editing Focus: Integrating Sources and Quotations
  • Evaluation: Effectiveness of Research Paper
  • Spotlight on … Bias in Language and Research
  • Portfolio: Why Facts Matter in Research Argumentation

What Is Included in the Writing Certificate Course

This all-inclusive Writing Certificate Course Online package includes:

  • Registration for the Writing Certificate Course Online
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance
  • Textbook: Introduction to Writing Guide with Handbook (e-book editions)
  • Downloadable Writing Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Organization of Business Professionals for only $2.99 per month

Register for the Writing Certificate Course

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You can have all this for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other programs. (We found courses based on old editions of our guides with registration fees of up to $999 and more.) We are able to offer you online courses at a significantly lower cost to you because of our expertise from over 20 years of producing the leading online guides for non-traditional careers.

Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

SUMMER SPECIAL: This all-inclusive registration package for the Writing Certificate Course is priced as only $149.00 for the June 17, 2024 course.

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Writing and Your Career

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve probably had at least one—if not a few—of the following thoughts:

I really wish I was a better writer… it’s a lot more important to my career than I thought it would be.

I used to love writing… I haven’t done it in ages, and it feels a bit scary to start again.

This job sounds perfect for me… but I’m not sure that my writing skills are where they should be to apply.

I’d love to try writing… but I’m not sure that I’m good enough.

I really regret not taking a writing class when I was younger. I would have loved that!

If any of the above sound like you, you’ve come to the right place! It’s never too late to learn something new, and this writing course will help you to improve your writing skills, whether for creative or professional purposes.

This course encourages new and seasoned writers to draw on their own life experience to find their writing voice. No formal writing experience is necessary: this writing certificate course is designed to remove barriers to learning for those who may not think they are “suited” to writing.

Writing is a fulfilling creative exercise, but it’s also a crucial professional skill. Time and time again, employer surveys show that strong writing and written communication skills are among the most in-demand workplace competencies. With the recent rise in remote work, communicating professionally in writing is more important than ever.

Whether you are looking to improve your writing skills for work, for creative projects, or just because it’s something you’ve always wanted to try, this course will serve you well. The ability to express yourself in writing will add value to every facet of your life, no matter what your goals are. So what are you waiting for? Enroll today.

For every student who takes this writing course from IAP Career College, we make a donation to textbook publisher OpenStax, part of Rice University, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

If IAP Career College has the course that you are looking to take, take it. I hesitated between several career colleges prior and choosing IAP was the best decision I had made. In 4 months, I had already completed 2 certifications and those won’t be my last. It gives you clear insights on the program you wish to learn and the schedule is adaptable to your lifestyle.
Nicole Buenaventura, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

Established online in 1999, the parent company of IAP Career College (known as FabJob) is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and respected news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

We invite you to learn more about the online certificate courses we offer you by visiting our Certificate Courses page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions to help you decide whether an online certificate course from the International Association of Professions Career College is right for you.

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  • What is the Benefit of Learning Writing Skills?
    Writing is a fulfilling creative exercise, but it’s also a crucial professional skill. Time and time again, employer surveys show that strong writing and written communication skills are among the most in-demand workplace competencies. With the recent rise in remote work, communicating professionally in writing is more important than ever. The ability to express yourself in writing will add value to every facet of your life, no matter what your goals are.
  • What is the Writing Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Writing Certificate Course, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the art of writing across different genres. From technical writing to personal memoir, this course will help you to improve your composition skills and achieve your writing goals. Through an exploration and analysis of well known pieces, practical writing guidance, and engaging practice exercises, this course will equip you with a strong foundation in writing that will help you excel in your professional and creative pursuits. This course encourages new and seasoned writers to draw on their own life experience to find their writing voice. No formal writing experience is necessary: this writing certificate course is designed to remove barriers to learning for those who may not think they are "suited" to writing.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.