Pathway to Writing Excellence

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Course Description

The Pathway to Writing Excellence is a FREE adult-centered online course designed to equip students with the skills to captivate, educate, and persuade their readers — whether writing a business proposal, an academic essay, an email, a blog, or a social media post. Students will ponder together the importance of purpose, audience, and writerly self-awareness, and discuss what’s new in the ever-changing world of proper grammar and internet etiquette.

1 Credit Equivalency

Each Pathways experience is equivalent to 1 academic credit hour. Students can choose to pay $499 to have the 1 credit transcripted, and they can apply it to a degree in any of our Adult Degree Programs. George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Choose from two learning options: a guided path where you can interact with your instructor and peers throughout the course, or a self-directed path where you complete the course on your own — and at your own pace.

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Meet the Prof

Jennie Harrop

Jennie Harrop, PhD, DMin, MFA

“I look forward to exploring together the hiccups that sometimes freeze our ideas, the tricks I learned on the beat as a journalist, and even a few of the grammar rules that have changed over the years. At George Fox University, we want to know who you are – your past struggles, your future aspirations, your questions, those moments that sometimes trip you up. We are all on this journey together, and we write more now than ever before in history. Won’t you join us as we explore together how to write with excellence?

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be equipped to:

What to Expect

The course includes videos, readings, quizzes, downloadable resources, short written assignments, forum discussions, video feedback, and optional Zoom sessions with our faculty experts.

Fully engaging with this course will take about 1.5–3 hours of your attention per week.
Not interested in credit? No sweat! Pathways are built for you to explore, meaning there's no expectation that you complete readings or submit assignments.

Online Textbooks or E-Resources

The Simple Math of Writing Well: Writing for the 21st Century (free open-access textbook)

General Assignments / Projects

Week 1 — The Rules that Have Changed

Consider: Online tools to avoid

Watch: Professor’s Ponderings video

Watch: Online video/speaker

Read: The Simple Math plus online article(s)

Act: Experiential learning/application activity

Complete: Discussion Forum 1 video post

Write: Writing Assignment 1 (one paragraph)

Consider: Online tools to explore

Watch: Professor’s Ponderings video

Watch: Online video/speaker

Read: The Simple Math plus online article(s)

Act: Experiential learning/application activity

Complete: Discussion Forum 2 video post

Write: Writing Assignment 2 (one paragraph)

Consider: Credible Sources

Watch: Professor’s Ponderings video

Watch: Online video/speaker

Read: The Simple Math plus online article(s)

Act: Experiential learning/application activity

Complete: Discussion Forum 3 video post

Write: Writing Assignment 3 (one paragraph)

Consider: IQ → EQ → AQ

Watch: Professor’s Ponderings video

Watch: Online video/speaker

Read: The Simple Math plus online article(s)

Act: Experiential learning/application activity

Complete: Discussion Forum 4 video post

Write: Writing Assignment 4 (one paragraph)

Get Started

Choose from two learning options: a guided path where you can interact with your instructor and peers throughout the course, or a self-directed path where you complete the course on your own — and at your own pace.

Interested in signing up?

Take a moment to provide your email address, and we'll send you a friendly reminder when registration opens.