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College Writing I

  • Earn 3 transferable credits
  • 100% online and Zoom-free
  • Includes everything you need

Available through dual enrollment at partner high schools


  • College Credits



  • Course

    We live in a world of words—that express and communicate something of ourselves, that convince and entertain us, that define and transform who we are. This course will help you discover this world, and empower you to make your mark.

    In this cutting-edge course, you’ll develop a priceless “writing toolbox”, which will help you succeed wherever life takes you.

    Join the charismatic and passionate Professor John Kaag as he interviews celebrated writers to share unique perspectives and writing secrets you won’t find anywhere else.

  • World-class

    Dr. John Kaag is the Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. Hand-picked for his passion and charismatic teaching style, and fresh off of his inspiring teaching turn in Outlier’s Intro to Philosophy course, he’s your perfect ambassador to the world of academic writing.

    For added perspective, Dr. Kaag will be joined throughout the course by 6 guest lecturers who are all celebrated writers in their own right, including journalists, authors, editors, radio hosts, and playwrights.

  • How It

    Enjoy cinematic video lessons.

    Enhance your learning with gorgeous interactive textbooks based on evidence-based active learning principles.

    When it is time for exams, open windows are designed to fit around your schedule.

  • Dedicated

    Hit a snag on the site? Have a burning question? We’ve got you covered.

    Our dedicated Student Success team is available to assist you—and push you—to help you pass with flying colors.

Transferable credits from a top 50 school

Most schools accept credits transferred from University of Pittsburgh

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Traditional course Outlier College Writing I


Usually 3-4 credits from your school


3 transferrable credits


In-person or Zoom


Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)


1 per class


World-class guest lecturers


Specific time and place


On-demand, anywhere

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What you’ll learn

This course covers all the basic principles and topics of College Writing I that you’ll need for college credit (and then some—see the syllabus for a complete list), plus:

  • How to level up your love letters (and all your writing).

  • What writing and magic have in common. (Hint: a lot.)

  • How to write better professional emails using The Princess Bride.

  • How to get your writing published.

  • Most times, short sentences work best.

Frequently asked questions

  • Outlier by Savvas courses are offered through US highschools

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