Five Benefits of Taking an Online Creative Writing Course

Many benefits come with taking online college courses. Here are five reasons to sign up for an online creative writing course.

Over the past decade, there has been a rise of available online college courses, creating more incentive to enroll. While there are many options, an online creative writing course can be helpful both professionally and personally. Here are five primary reasons to sign up.

  1. Improve Communication
    Creative writing requires using deliberate language as well as being aware of how tone and underlying cues communicate ideas. By thinking critically about how characters speak, the writer will communicate more effectively in their daily interactions. Furthermore, by writing every day, written communication skills are fine-tuned which is valuable for a broad range of employers.
  2. Foster Creative Thinking
    Taking an online creative writing course is an excellent way to work on problem-solving skills. In order to be compelling, characters must be put into problematic situations and the author must work out how to resolve them. This can help the writer in their own life. For example, by analyzing how a character navigates interpersonal relationships, they might find it easier to relate to a coworker or solve an issue at home.
  3. Create Routine
    Writing takes routine, but it can be hard to know where to start. A creative writing course can be the perfect way to get into the habit of writing every day due to daily and weekly assignments. That routine can be maintained after course completion and can help set schedules for other activities.
  4. Achieve Personal Goals
    Online college courses make it easy to achieve goals while still having a tight schedule. Whether someone has been curious about trying creative writing, is looking to improve their storytelling skills, or needs a push to start working on a novel, an online creative writing course offers the time flexibility that’s needed.
  5. Receive Feedback
    Writers know it’s frustrating to write a piece and receive no constructive feedback or criticism, as these two things create better, more concise writing. In an online creative writing course, the professor and fellow students can give objective feedback as well as guidance on how to improve technique. This will inherently create more advanced writing skills.

For prospective students who are interested in enrolling in a creative writing course, Linfield’s creative writing program is currently accepting students for spring term. Explore the other online college courses, or to find out more information, fill out this form or apply now today.

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Top 5 Reasons to Continue Your Education in 2017

by Faith Hardersen, current Linfield student

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The new year is right around the corner and as you look at setting those resolutions, have you considered continuing your education? There are many good reasons to continue learning and we have compiled the top 5 reasons right here:

  1. Become more qualified.

Jobs are growing and changing as technology advances and the requirements for these jobs grow and change, too. Earning a certificate or degree can help you gain more skills to achieve more at your current job or help you climb up the ladder and advance your career. For example, when exploring our online RN to BSN program, alumni Karen Brady was looking to advance her career as a nurse, saying “I knew I was a good nurse and that I had a great foundation, but I didn’t know how much more there was to being a really well-rounded nurse.”

  1. Make more money.

Pursuing a degree can pay off. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with college degrees make around $45,400 a year while those with only high school diplomas make about $25,900 annually. And a study done by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University found that 4-year degree holders earn nearly $1 million dollars more over their lifetime than someone who only has a high school diploma. Earning an online degree or certificate can boost your paycheck, and help you qualify for those higher paying positions.

  1. Gain confidence.

Not only can advancing your education help enhance your self-image, but can also help you gain confidence. Alumni Ralph Schwer said of his experience at Linfield, “In the beginning I was hesitant, not sure if I could do it. As I saw my first few good grades on assignments, I started gaining confidence. I wish I had known that if you are willing to do the work, you can succeed.” This can not only help you gain confidence in the job field, but help you gain confidence in all aspects of life as you obtain a college education and broaden your knowledge base.

  1. Demonstrate value to employers.

If you are willing to invest in your career, employers will be willing to invest in you. Continuing your education is a great way to demonstrate to employers that you are committed to your career. As employers see potential in you, promotions won’t be too far off the horizon.  Take OCE alumni Abigail McPherson, who said “I’ve gotten several promotions since I graduated and I also made my way into the IT division at work. It’s only been two years and I’m not young anymore, but I feel like I’ve still got a lot of places I could go with my career.”

  1. Discover Your Dream Job.

Does this New Year have you looking into a new career path? Then the best way to start that path is continuing your education. Whether you know exactly what field you want to head into or you want to take some time exploring other career paths, now is the perfect time to get started!

So as you plan your goals for 2017, why not add “improve my life by one degree” onto that list? Take a look at the different online degrees and certificates Linfield College has to offer.  Not sure where to start?  Fill out a request form or call our office of admission at 503-883-2213.

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The “no fuss” guide to food and wine pairings over the holidays

by Ellen Brittan, Director of Wine Education at Linfield College and owner of Brittan Vineyards

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The holidays are stressful enough without worrying about getting your food and wine pairings perfect. The good news is that there are not as many hard and fast rules as you think, and the majority of the time, most wines go fairly well with most foods.   So what’s all the fuss about? Well, there are some guidelines that will make your holiday dining more enjoyable, as well as some tips on how to avoid some combinations that will detract from your appreciation of a well-prepared meal and a well-made wine.

The best tip for a good pairing is to pay attention to how a dish is prepared. We’ve all heard that “white wine goes with fish and poultry and red wine goes with meat”. For the most part this is a reliable place to start, but what is more important than what you are having, say a chicken breast for example, is the way that chicken breast is prepared and what else is in the dish. A simple grilled chicken breast will be delicious with almost any white, rose or light red wine, as the wine will be there to enhance the simple flavors of the chicken. But if you are having a chicken breast in a mushroom, shallot cream sauce, then you will want to select a wine that has a fairly high acid profile, like a chardonnay or a riesling to cut the richness of the dish and cleanse your palate after a bite of cream sauce. The same principle applies to red meat, how the dish is prepared and what the key flavors and ingredients are is more important than whether you are having beef or lamb.

The few really bad pairings are easy to avoid. The first is when a wine is too heavy and overpowering for the food. A great example would be a beautiful filet of sole in a light lemon butter sauce paired with a big, oaky tannic cabernet sauvignon or syrah. In this case the wine is going to overwhelm the delicate flavor of the fish. Another example is when the wine is too delicate for the food. An example would be a hearty steak or chop with a rich, spicy sauce paired with a very delicate white wine, where the food completely masks the nuances of the wine. That said; if you like cabernet with your fish or a light pinot gris with a grilled rib eye steak, go for it. It may not be the best pairing but I have always found that the most important part of the meal is the people with whom you share it. Enjoy good food and wine with family and friends – that is always the perfect pairing.

Happy Holidays!

Interested in learning more about the world of wine?  Check out Linfield’s online Wine Management and Wine Marketing certificate programs or call the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.

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