Writing Practice

The "eat your greens" of writing courses.

There’s things we know we should do but never do. Eat more vegetables. Take more exercise. And work on our sentence structure.

What was that last one Damo?

I’m fortunate to have a lot of success as a writing teacher. The Rhetoric of Story has been a Udemy bestseller for the last two or three years, and my courses there and on Skillshare sailed past 15,000 students sometime in the new year.

Writing Practice is a course I know nobody will want to take. It’s the “eat your greens” of writing courses. Hard, dull, dry and about as much fun as grammar exercises ever can be. But it’s also the most important course I teach.

In a couple of decades teaching writing, editing writers, and reviewing fiction, the most common problem I observed wasn’t a lack of imagination or storytelling skills. It was a basic struggle with writing itself.

Words. Sentences. Paragraphs. The better you are with the fundamental building blocks of writing, the better your writing will be. Like many teachers I’ve handed out copies of Strunk & White to new classes, but it’s no magic bullet.

Writing Practice is my best shot at empowering writing at all levels. It’s structured around 11 fundamental heuristics - rules of thumb - that can help writers of all kinds write better. Each heuristic is taught in a 30 minute video class. But the real work happens on the page, through 11 writing practice exercises.

I’ve just filmed, edited and uploaded Writing Practice 2 : Small Words Strike Hard.

Follow the full course as a Patron (best option): https://www.patreon.com/DamienWalter

Or on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/course/writing-practice/?referralCode=F8E3C89F979705F44598

Or Skillshare: https://skl.sh/2MEs2lv

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