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In our information age, somebody needs to produce that information, and it can’t all be pictures or videos (try as YouTube might). Luckily, there are a variety of free online courses(MOOCs) available for all types of writers and aspiring writers.

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Basic Writing & Composition

Creative Writing for All: A 10-Day Journaling Challenge

An Online Skillshare Class by Emily Gould

Creative Writing for All: A 10-Day Journaling Challenge (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
Internationally acclaimed author Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge! Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks, it’s perfect for writers and enthusiasts eager to rekindle creativity in a personal and artful way.
Self Paced

Perfect Tenses and Modals
via University of California, Irvine
In this course, you will learn about important intermediate verb tenses, including present perfect, present perfect progressive, past perfect, and past perfect progressive
Next Session: 26th Mar, 2018

Adjectives and Adjective Clauses
via University of California, Irvine
Being able to adeptly use adjective clauses in speaking and writing is useful for upper level English learners. Adjectives and adjective clauses are very common in English, so students need to be able to understand them when they see them or hear them.
Next Session: 5th Mar, 2018

Tricky English Grammar
via University of California, Irvine
Learning English can be tricky, and in this class you’ll focus on some of those tricky issues. You’ll get clear explanations about the difficult grammar points and practice in using them correctly.
Next Session: 5th Mar, 2018

Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot
via Wesleyan University
In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires.
Next Session: 12th Mar, 2018

English Composition I: Achieving Expertise
via Duke University
You will gain a foundation for college-level writing valuable for nearly any field. Students will learn how to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, engage with others’ ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose.
Next Session: 26th Mar, 2018

A beginners’ guide to writing in English for university study
via University of Reading
Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.
Next Session: 22nd Jan, 2018

Write101x: English Grammar and Style
via University of Queensland
Write101x will enable you to learn how words work so that you can write the concise, lucid, nuanced, and compelling prose that is so valued by readers.
Next Session: 19th Feb, 2018

Adventures in Writing
Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx
Welcome to Adventures in Writing, a series of graphic-novel style learning modules designed to help you learn more about and practice a range of effective written communication skills. You’ll immerse yourself in the adventures of Maya and Chris, using each module’s interactive exercises to apply what you’ve learned
★★★★★ (1 rating) | Next Session : Self Paced

Scribble: Writing for New Writers
via OpenLearning
This course will take students through the process of writing from simple paragraphs to more complex writing structures and eventually research writing.
★★★★☆ (4 ratings) | Next Session : Self Paced

Thinking Like a Writer
via Michigan State University
This course revolves around the work of revising writing, learning, and engaging with language and community. You will explore who you are as a learner as you write about yourself and your language use, as well as consider who you are as a communicator as you critique texts, persuade audiences, and collaborate with others.
Next Session: 23rd Jun, 2014

Essay Writing

Creative Writing: Using Your Mistakes to Power Your Personal Essays

An Online Skillshare Class by Emily Gould

Creative Writing: Using Your Mistakes to Power Your Personal Essays (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
Ever had a story you couldn’t wait to share? Join author Emily Gould to learn how to write a personal essay that gets read.
Self Paced

Getting Started with Essay Writing
via University of California, Irvine

In this course, you’ll learn all about academic essay writing and, specifically, how to write three types of essays: compare/contrast, cause/effect, and argument.
Next Session: 5th Mar, 2018

How to Write an Essay
 University of California, Berkeley
College Writing 2.1x is an introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.
Next Session: Self paced

English Grammar and Essay Writing
via University of California, Berkeley
College Writing 2.2x is the second part of the academic writing course. In this part, you will focus on proofreading and self-editing; revision vs. editing; common errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling; understanding tone and diction; vocabulary development.
Next Session: Self paced

Journalistic Writing

Content Marketing: Blogging for Growth

An Online Skillshare Class by Eric Siu

Content Marketing: Blogging for Growth (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
Explore how entrepreneur Eric Siu creates content not just for the sake of writing, but for hitting your own goals. In this 80-minute deep dive class, you’ll learn Eric’s step-by-step structure for creating compelling blog content — the same process that has helped him build a seven-figure business, Single Grain and the five-star-rated podcast, Growth Everywhere.
Self Paced

English for Journalism
via University of Pennsylvania
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in developing the skills needed for a career in modern journalism.
Next Session:12th Mar, 2018

Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens
University of Melbourne via Coursera
This is a course in basic journalism skills, designed for the many people who are now taking advantage of new media to publish news, views and information
Next Session : 13th Sep, 2016

Introduction to Journalism
via University of Strathclyde
Learn about the key principles and debates in journalism and enact the role of a journalist in the context of an escalating story.
Next Session:28th Mar, 2016

Community Journalism: Digital and Social Media
Cardiff University via FutureLearn
This is a course in basic journalism skills designed for citizens who are using new media to publish news, views and information. We cover writing skills, interviews, ethics, law and accessing public forums and documents. We also introduce basic investigative skills.
★★★★☆ (3 ratings) | Next Session : 8th Feb, 2016

J4SC101x: Journalism for Social Change
University of California, Berkeley via edX
J4SC101 has been designed for students who are interested in the intersection of public policy, journalism and social sciences and who are looking to use their expertise and careers to drive positive social change.
★★★☆☆ (1 rating) | Next Session : Self paced

Writing Fiction

Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft

An Online Skillshare Class by Daniel José Older

Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
How do you write a story that feels alive? What makes a story different from an anecdote? Join renowned urban fantasy writer Daniel José Older for a 40-minute dive into the fundamentals of narrative storytelling!
Self Paced

Creative Writing: The Craft of Style
via Wesleyan University
Your style is as unique and distinctive as your face, your voice, except that you can choose it, you can can work on it, enhance it. In this course we will introduce aspiring writers to the art of putting pressure on written language.
Next Session: 12th Mar, 2018

Creative Writing: The Craft of Setting and Description
via Wesleyan University
In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to the techniques that masters of fiction use to ground a story in a concrete world.
Next Session: 12th Mar, 2018

Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest
Commonwealth Education Trust via Coursera
This course is for curious students and aspiring authors with a passion for writing for young readers
★★★★★ (12 ratings) | Next Session :  19th Mar, 2018

How Writers Write Fiction
via University of Iowa
An interactive study of the practice of creative writing, How Writers Write presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks created by fifty authors of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation.
Next Session: 24th Sep, 2015

Start writing fiction
via The Open University
This hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.
Next Session: 3rd Sep, 2018

The Future Of Storytelling
via University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Learn how to analyze, contextualize and create stories and narratives in current media: from understanding storytelling basics to discussing new online tools and formats, this course brings together a network of media researchers, creators, and students.
Next Session: 25th Oct, 2013

How Writers Write Poetry
via University of Iowa
The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include sketching techniques, appropriation, meter, constraints, sound, mindfulness, and pleasure. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, thoughts about process, or teaching tips.
Next Session: Mar, 2015

Applied Writing Skills

Content Curation: How To Create A Viral Site From Scratch

An Online Skillshare Class by Greg Jeffries

Content Curation: How To Create A Viral Site From Scratch (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
About This Class Ever wonder how those sites like ViralNova or GodVine get so much TRAFFIC and literally blew up overnight? Oh, and did I also mention sites like that generally tend to generate over six figures per month and usually sell for tens of millions?
Self Paced

Advanced Writing
via University of California, Irvine
It will help you raise the level of your writing and make you more aware of the type of writing you can expect in college. You’ll learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it using correct MLA citations.
Next Session: 5th Mar, 2018

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications
via University of Sheffield
This free three week course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course.
Next Session: 12th Mar, 2018

Writing for the Web
Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning about how readers behave differently online. This course brings to light how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, structure and search engine optimisation.
Next Session: 18th Mar, 2018

ColWri2.3x: Academic and Business Writing
via University of California, Berkeley
An introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.
Next Session: 18th Apr, 2016

Stunt Writing for Personal Growth
The Stunt Writing For Personal Growth class includes prompts, lectures, readings and discussions for writers of any age, at any level. Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you,” Stunt Writing For Personal Growth is a process that uses writing as a tool for you to learn about yourself, and gain skills in communicating your own unique story.
Next Session: 20th Jul, 2015

Writing in the Sciences
via Stanford
This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. Students from non-science disciplines can benefit from the training provided in the first four weeks (on general principles of effective writing)
Next Session: Self paced


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Nursing Case Study

D.M, a sixty year old male has been admitted with a chief complaint being dizziness and difficulty walking up the stairs. He has been lethargic for the past two weeks and falling four times during the same period. Furthermore, he has been lightheaded and even lost strength before falling. A close look at his medical history reveals that he has Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, pneumonia back in 2000, Osteoarthritis of the spine and hip, and Cerebrovascular accident in 1999. In his social life, he takes four to five beers as the main alcoholic beverage.

He is a retired salesman whose wife is deceased. His family comprises of four children who live and work in other states. He does not smoke and furthermore, no known allergies to the medication administered. From the physical examination results, he has no distress with the body temperature being 98.6 Fahrenheit. He has a high blood pressure of 164/96 while sitting and 152/88 while standing. The patient weighs 172 kilograms. HEENT analysis reveals that he has pale conjunctivae and gums. Cardiovascular analysis reveals systolic ejection murmur.

The prostate gland is enlarged due to palpation with neuronal analysis indicating that he has slow response rate to questions. Peripheral vascular analysis shows that the patient has pedal edema with capillary refill. He has tachycardia with laboratory analysis conducted showing that he is hyperglycemic (189mg/dL). The levels of alanine aminotransferase are low. Aspartate Aminotransferase levels are also low with high levels of cholesterol (267 mg/dL). He has high levels of Thyroid stimulating hormone recording at 12.3 mlU/L with poor levels of Hemoglobin (7.2 g/dL). Hematocrit analysis results are below par at 24 percent. Red Cell Distribution width is very high at 17 fL.

The recommended iron studies reveal very low levels of serum iron, ferritin and high Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC). TIBC is higher than the recommended levels when the iron levels in the body a low. Higher than the average levels of TIBC reveals that the patient is anemic (Rolfes, Pinna, Whitney, & Rolfes, 2012). From laboratory results given and the medical profile of G.M, it is clear that the patient is anemic. Lack of energy and fainting could be due to poor transportation of oxygen in the body resulting in hypoxia (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2013). Furthermore, D.M is diabetic as shown by high levels of blood glucose.

Patients with pedal edema are inappropriately diagnosed with heart failure. It is clear that D.M has hyperlipidemia which could contribute to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) a major cause of pedal edema (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2013). Systolic ejection murmur as diagnosed for D.M arises from obstruction of blood flow or in situations when the patients suffers from anemia, hyperthyroidism or pregnancy (Anderson & McLaren, 2012).

D.M is hypertensive due to the high levels of cholesterol deposited in the arteries along with calcium forming a plaque (Anderson & McLaren, 2012). He experiences the tachycardia which means that the blood has to beat fast to pump the blood. High levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone indicates that the patient suffers from hyperthyroidism (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2013). Cerebrovascular accident or stroke arises from thrombosis in the coronary artery supplying oxygenated blood to the brain. D.M suffered from the stroke several years ago an indication of elevated levels of cholesterol together with other factors (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2013).

The medical profile of D.M is complicated revealing multiple conditions affecting the patient. The patient has hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia that can be explained from lifestyle choices. Furthermore, he is diabetic as shown by elevated blood sugar level. In addition, blood tests reveal that he has hypochromic and microcytic anemia. The medications taken by the patient have been used for the treatment of the conditions (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2013). Glyburide is a drug taken orally for controlling blood sugar levels. Metformin is an anti-diabetic drug which unlike the sulfonylurea class of drugs such as glyburide does not increase the insulin levels in the blood. Paravachol (paravastatin) belong to statin class of drugs used in the treatment of elevated levels of lipids in the body (Rolfes, Pinna, Whitney, & Rolfes, 2012). D.M is suffering from hyperlipidemia or hypercholesterolemia. It has inhibitory effects on HMG CoA reductase, the rate controlling enzyme in the pathway leading to the generation of cholesterol.

Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) acts as a thiazide diuretic used in the treatment of fluid retention. This medication finds great relevance in the case of D.M, who is both hypertensive and suffers from edema (Rolfes, Pinna, Whitney, & Rolfes, 2012). Atenolol is a beta-adrenergic blocker which has its effects on adrenaline and epinephrine. Beta-adrenergic stimulation increases heartbeat. By blocking this stimulatory pathway, the drug helps in the treatment of tachycardia thus lowering the high blood pressure.

Angina pectoris arises when the oxygen demands of the heart exceeds the supply. By lowering the rapid heart rates, the drug helps in treating chest pain. Naproxen belongs to the NSAIDS class of drugs and work by reducing the levels of prostaglandin in the blood through inhibitory effects on cyclooxygenase (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2013). D.M suffers from osteoarthritis of the lumbosacral spine and the hip the reason explaining for administration of this drug. Aspirin another NSAIDS is a pain reliever that has been administered to treat arthritis in the case of D.M.

Follow up Plan

Despite the worsening medical condition of D.M, he takes four to five beers on a daily basis. Reducing the severity of the conditions faced by the D.M would necessitate abhorring the intake of alcoholic drinks taken by D.M or even complete cessation (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2013). Studies reveal that drinking of alcohol remains to be a risk factor contributing to increased levels of cholesterol and lipids in the body. Preventing the progression of the various states experienced by D.M would require use of two approaches i.e. lifestyle modification and dietary management (Rolfes, Pinna, Whitney, & Rolfes, 2012).

Lifestyle modification

• Avoid drinking of alcohol a risk factor associated with hypercholesterolemia and cardiovascular heart disease.
• Get involved in a regular physical activity and exercise program; the rationale in this program is to increase energy expenditure and thus lower the blood sugar levels and by extension help in management of weight.

Dietary Management

• D.M should limit the use of food that is high in fat and cholesterol.
• Due to the problem of osteoarthritis, he should avoid consumption of organ meat that is high in purine and pyrimidine, red meat and dairy products rich in saturated animal fat.
• He should limit heavy intake of processed food that has high levels of salt.
• In the diet plan, he should include intake of grains, pulses, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk.
• The diet should be balanced and in right proportions per meal. He should eat less before going to sleep.
• To bring back the iron levels to normal he should eat food that is rich in iron. This will help in controlling anemia through dietary management. Such food includes kidney beans, lentils, fresh spinach, oatmeal, white meat such as turkey meat.

Medical management

Medical management will help in supplementing the dietary choices and lifestyle modification.
• The patient should continue using the medications as already indicated with alterations necessary in case of adverse reactions.
• In addition, the patient needs to take iron supplements to replace the low levels of iron in the blood.
• D.M should constantly monitor his health status through lipid profile and measurement of blood sugar levels among other parameters such as Blood Pressure.

Anderson, G. J., & McLaren, G. D. (2012). Iron physiology and pathophysiology in humans. New York: Humana Press.
Edmunds, M. W., & Mayhew, M. S. (2013). Pharmacology for the primary care provider. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier-Mosby.
Rolfes, S. R., Pinna, K., Whitney, E. N., & Rolfes, S. R. (2012). Normal and clinical nutrition. Pacific Grove, Calif: Brooks/Cole.