Free English writing courses are available through a number of sources, including Study.com, MIT, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Purdue University. As of 2015, most of these courses do not offer college or school credit to students but do offer valuable assistance in learning and practicing writing.
Study.com offers multiple courses intended to not only help students practice writing but help prepare them for college courses as well. These courses are a mixture of instructional videos and self-assessment quizzes to help develop and strengthen the student's skills. Sample course topics include word usage, essay writing, essay revision, and incorporating research material into writing.
MIT offers courses through the OpenCourseWare project, including the course Writing and Reading the Essay. This course is taught via a mixture of lecture notes, videos, exams, essays and a journal.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology offers a course through OpenCourseWare titled Technical Writing. This course is designed for more advanced writing students and uses many videotaped lectures to help students develop solutions to communication problems by focusing on issues such as audience, ethics and rhetorical theory.
Purdue University offers two courses through its Online Writing Lab: Professional and Technical Writing and The Writing Process. Professional and Technical Writing uses resources from around the Internet to illustrate how to write memos, business letters and other professional documentation. The Writing Process provides text-based resources and exercises to help students proofread, overcome writer's block, develop an argument and outline, and other related writing process skills.