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The Writing Process | Enrichment Course

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Writing is a process. Effective writers go through stages from the moment they come up with an idea for writing to the moment they publish the final product.

Even highly experienced writers go through these stages even though they may not be aware of it. That is because the process is a logical sequence of events.


A problem many novice and even intermediate writers often run into when they read this statement, “Writing is a process,” but the idea does not quite sink in. When they write something new, they jump right into it rather than engaging in the process from the start.

Other times, they skip over the steps in the writing process as if writing were a race. They believe they can get things done faster if they just start writing. It ends up taking longer because they fall into dead ends and have to rewrite entire paragraphs. They get frustrated because their writing is jerky. They end up producing low quality work.


In this course, you will learn how to use the writing process, which can be used to write a variety of products from short responses, emails, paragraphs, and reports to longer articles, essays, and research papers. You will see how the process is divided into several shorter steps, which will be standalone lessons themselves.


By the end of the course, you will be able to engage in the writing process and do the following:

  1. Generate and select ideas for writing; and plan your writing;
  2. Understand the importance of defining your purpose for writing and the audience;
  3. Create thesis statements and outline your writing around the thesis;
  4. Write well written paragraphs including topic statements (each composed of the topic and controlling idea) that support the thesis;
  5. Write introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs;
  6. Revise and edit your draft;
  7. Finalize your work by checking formatting and your layout;
  8. Understand the writing process at a deeper level so you can continue growing as a writer.

Below are the stages and the lessons for each stage.

Table of Contents

Start Here: Overview of the Process

The process. Overview of the writing process. Get a feel for the process from start to finish.

Stage 1. Think

Learn what to do before you even start writing your first sentence. This includes generating and select ideas for writing, and framing the topic for your audience, and being aware of your purpose for writing and how it affects your writing.

In addition, learn how to create a thesis statement, which will guide your throughout the rest of the writing process.

Stage 2. Writing

Learn about writing well written paragraphs that support your thesis statement and supporting your thesis or central idea with three types of paragraphs.

Stage 3. Polishing Your Work

Learn how to revise and edit your work to improve it for clarity, grammar, and style. In addition, learn how to check for issues with your layout and formatting.

Step 1. Revising your draft (and revising tips).

Step 2. Editing your draft (and editing tips).

Finalize. Final touches. Learn about final touches to finalize your draft.



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Continue the lesson to get a feel for the writing process as a whole.

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