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Getting Serious about Writing

Blue Skies Mag is no high-brow literary journal, but we do have some talented writers who contribute, and good writing is what makes a good story readable. If you fancy yourself a writer or wannabe writer or already good writer who wants to get better, this might be just what you never knew you were looking for.

Coursera is an online school that offers classes from universities like CalTech, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, and Stanford. (Can you tell I just scanned their alphabetical list of universities? No? This post might not be for you.) One of their upcoming courses is English Composition I: Achieving Expertise offered by Duke University. According to the description, “…you will learn to read critically, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, and craft powerful prose that meets readers’ expectations.”

Holy cat whiskers, those sound exactly like the kinds of skills that will get you published in magazines like Parachutist, Blue Skies Mag, and Vanity Fair!

[quote style=”boxed”]”Since personal investment yields better writing, you can select an area of expertise meaningful to you (a hobby, trade, profession, discipline, etc.) for your major writing projects, which will be drafted and revised in sequenced stages: a critical response to an argument about expertise (2pp.); an explication of a visual image (2pp.); a case study of an expert (4pp.) and an Op-Ed (2 pp.).”[/quote]

Holy dog tails, any one of those sounds like something that a magazine like Blue Skies Mag would be psyched to publish!

Class starts March 18.

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