Santa Barbara, CA (PressExposure) March 12, 2012 -- A free writing class is being offered by Virtual University, a popular e-learning community. "Break the Block! How to Write When Your Mind Draws a Blank" is open to e-learners of all ages, and no textbook or other purchase is required. The course is taught online, providing convenient 24/7 access to a virtual classroom and allowing students to learn at their own pace from the comfort of home. Enrollment opens March 12 and free enrollments will be accepted through March 31, 2012.
This free class is aimed at writers on all levels - beginning, intermediate and advanced - all of whom are prone to writer's block, a common malady that can leave a person staring at a blank screen, frustrated and unable to write. Students will learn a series of techniques for breaking through writer's block and getting their creative juices flowing, such as freewriting, brainstorming and clustering. The benefits of keeping a writer's journal will be examined, as well as personal inventory techniques and tips on how writers can use the Internet to gather ideas. If you are one of the millions who have sat down to write and drawn a blank, this workshop will give you the tools to break free from inertia and unleash your creativity.
Break the Block! will be mentored by Debbie Tecca, an adult learning facilitator and blogger who publishes two WordPress blogs and writes for Examiner.com. She is pursuing a degree in Sociology and plans to teach full-time when she completes her Master's degree. Says Ms. Tecca: "I enjoy sharing ideas and learning from others, and I'm looking forward to bringing ideas and insights to those pursuing online learning. Writing is the best way I've found to express who and what I am and to share my ideas about life, the world and living in general."
According to a Virtual University programmer, a new "WikiEdit" toolbar is included in each lesson, allowing students to edit, delete or revise course material. New material may be added or entirely new lessons can be created, making it possible to build a "living course" that becomes even more useful over time.
Each lesson includes a short quiz and writing exercises, which are optional but afford opportunities to "learn by doing" (in technical jargon, this process is called "experiential learning" and it's being embraced by many educational technologists.) Students who complete the course and pass a final exam (which is also optional) can earn non-academic CEUs that can be used for job advancement, continuing education and documenting a life experience portfolio. Virtual University records credits free of charge and maintains an eTranscript for each student, documenting grades and CEUs earned during the past five years.
To enroll in this free class, visit http://writersblock.ksurf.net and register before March 31, 2012. First-time visitors will be prompted to create a "desk," which involves submitting a short form. Existing VU students can click the "Enroll Now" button for one-click registration.