Effective Writing

By Prof. Binod Mishra   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 3195
Writing, one of the four language skills continues to have its importance in all times. A good number of people despite having good spoken skills at times fail to prove their mettle when it comes to writing. Since writing represents a writer even in his absence and doesn’t have scope for clarification, one has to master this art well. The present course on writing aims at familiarizing learners with the nuances of effective writing which can help them know the subtle art of writing, enabling them to write with clarity, precision and at the same time with the subtlety to express their ideas on different occasions with the notions of appropriateness and accuracy. 

PRE- REQUISITES : 12th pass and above 
SUPPORT INDUSTRY : Can be useful to all major companies, such as L&T, BHEL, NBCC, NTPC, WIPRO, INFOSYS, besides educational institutes.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty Domain - Fundamental
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Topics :
Introduction to  Effective Writing 
Effective Writing as an Art
Principles of Effective Writing
Types and Stages of Effective Writing
Notions of Correctness  and Appropriateness, Part I
Notions of Correctness  and Appropriateness, Part II
Essay Writing
Types of Essays
Essentials of Academic Writing, Part I
Essentials of Academic Writing, Part II
Business Writing and its Functions
Mechanics of Business Writing
Business Letters and Memos
Format of Business Letters and Memos
Types of Business Letter 
Sales, Complaint and Adjustment Letters
Report Writing
Strategies and Structure of Reports
Style of Report Writing
Creative Writing

Books and references

1.Turk, Christopher and John Kirkman. Effective Writing. London and New York: Chapman & Hall. Indian Reprint 2003
2.Pinker, Steven. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century . Penguin Books, Reprint edition ,2015
3.Seely, John. Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking. OUP 2nd edition, 2005
4.Goins, Jeff. You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). Tribe Press
5.Brohaugh, William. Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power.
6.Janzer. Anne. The Writer's Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear. Cuesta Park Consulting, 2016
7.King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Scribner, 2010 

Instructor bio

Prof. Binod Mishra

IIT Roorkee
Binod Mishra, a faculty in the Department of HSS, IIT Roorkee has an experience of teaching English at various levels. He has to his credit 20 books and more than hundred articles in different reputed journals and books. His MOOC course on Soft Skills has been received well by learners. He has delivered a good number of invited talks in various conferences and symposiums. Besides being a teacher and researcher, Dr. Mishra is also the Vice Chairman of Association for English Teachers of India, the largest body of English teachers. Prior to this, he had also been the two times Editor-in Chief of Indian Journal of English Studies, one of the oldest journals of English language and literature.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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