Effective Writing

By Prof. Binod Mishra   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 17151
The value of writing, one of the four language skills, has never waned. Many people, although having excellent verbal talents, struggle to demonstrate their writing abilities. Because writing reflects a writer even when he is not there and has no room for interpretation, mastering this craft is essential. The purpose of this writing course is to familiarise students with the nuances of effective writing so that they can better understand the subtle art of writing. It allows them to write with clarity, precision, and subtlety to express their ideas on various occasions while considering the concepts 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 : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty Domain for Newly Joined
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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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
Prof. Binod Mishra, presently a professor in the Department of HSS, IIT Roorkee, has been teaching English for more than two decades at various levels. He has to his credit 25 books and more than a hundred articles published in different reputed journals and books. Learners from all across the country have well received his MOOC courses on Soft Skills and Effective Writing. He has also addressed the participants in around a hundred invited talks at various conferences and symposiums. Besides being an engaging teacher and a competent researcher, Dr Mishra is also a passionate poet. Currently, he is the Vice Chairman of the Association for English Teachers of India, the largest body of English teachers. Before this, he had twice been the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of English Studies, one of the oldest English language and literature journals.

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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