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College Writing II

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

Courses as low as $597

Original price: $1332

Monthly payment option available


  • College Credits



  • Course Overview

    The written word is powerful. It can transport you through time and place, and transform hearts and minds. In this compelling sequel to student-favorite College Writing I, you won’t just explore the ideas of great thinkers—you’ll join them in scholarly conversation.

    Building on the essentials from College Writing I, get ready to level up your writing toolbox with invaluable research and creative writing skills. You'll glean deep insights from riveting lectures, captivating readings, and interactive learning tools. Plus, you'll get real-world writing tips from celebrated writers around the world. Ultimately, this course will help you hone your craft, ask great questions, and trust your voice.

    Outlier’s College Writing I course (or an equivalent College Writing I/Intro to College Writing course from another school) is required before taking this more advanced writing course.

  • Brilliant Instructors

    Fresh from College Writing I, Dr. John Kaag is back to enhance your creative writing skills. This time, the University of Massachusetts professor is joined by a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a renowned professor from Colgate University.

    You’ll also explore diverse perspectives in conversations with 4 guest lecturers who are all celebrated writers in their own genres—from graphic novels to short stories, editorials to travel writing, and beyond.

  • How It Works

    Sign up for a 14-week term for-credit. Audit track is also available if you’re not seeking credits.

    Enjoy cinematic video lessons (our CEO co-founded MasterClass).

    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 Support

    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.

    And, if you do all the work but do not pass, we will offer a full refund*.

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If you’ve put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course but do not receive a passing grade, that’s on us and you will receive a full refund. You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (14 days from start for 14-week courses).

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Traditional course Outlier College Writing II

Cost per course

$1332 on average

Cost per course

$597 with monthly payment option


Usually 3-4 credits from your school


3 transferable credits


Pay full price after the drop deadline


Full refund if you do the work and don’t pass


In-person or Zoom


Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)


1 per class


World-class guest lecturers


Specific time and place


On-demand, anywhere


Specific hour


Flexible window


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What you'll learn

This course builds on the foundation taught in College Writing I. College Writing II encourages students to hone the creative composition skills needed to write effectively in a college setting (see the syllabus for a complete list).

Introduction to College Writing II

The importance of writing in society and culture
Rhetorical situation, point of view, audience, purpose
What is rhetoric?
Close reading strategies
Plagiarism and citation styles

Experiments and Investigations

Choosing and interviewing subjects
Consulting experts and incorporating differing opinions
Considering the context of language
Using interviews as sources

Analysis and Argument

Analysis review

Distinguishing between analysis and synthesis
Premises, support, and conclusions
Types of arguments

Relation between argument and rhetorical situation

Textual Analysis

Review of critical reading and thesis construction
Providing a clear interpretation
Supporting your interpretation

Reflective Narratives

What is a reflective narrative?

Analysis of personal history
Making an argument through narrative
The personal value and significance of reflection
Grammar lesson: commas

Advanced Research Skills

Keyword searches
Thinking critically about sources
Organizing and recording sources
Eliminating redundancy in source material
Qualitative and quantitative evidence
Annotated bibliography

Freqently asked questions

  • Most Outlier courses don’t have prerequisites, but College Writing II does. Outlier’s College Writing I course (or an equivalent College Writing I/Intro to College Writing course from another school) is required before taking this more advanced writing course. 

    Additional course requirements: We recommend students have earned at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. You must be 13 or older and willing to commit yourself academically to enroll in our courses. Students attempting Outlier courses should be ready for the academic rigor of college-level coursework.

    You'll also need Wi-Fi and a laptop or desktop computer. (You can stream lectures in our iPhone app, but you'll need a computer to complete the rest of your courses.)

  • When you Audit an Outlier course, it simply means you’re taking the course without the expectation of earning credits or impacting your college transcript. You will not receive a grade, a transcript, nor credits, and will not be participating in exams.

    The Audit Path is ideal for:

    -High school students who are looking to add sparkle to their college applications, or who wish to learn more about a subject, but avoid the burden of impacting their permanent records.

    -Lifelong learners who want to take a serious course but aren’t interested in receiving grades or college credits.

    Learn more about our audit option in the Help Center.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams are each open to take within a weeklong window, but all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.

  • If you have a request for reasonable disability accommodations, contact support@outlier.org. Please include specifics regarding the accommodation you are seeking. Additionally, if you have a disability accommodations letter from a school you are currently attending, you may send that to us as well.

    Outlier is committed to ensuring that learners with accessibility needs have equal opportunity to succeed in our courses.

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