Is UX writing your next career?
Get the scoop on online courses from the UX Writers Collective. It’s time to start earning what you’re worth.
The biggest question: why study with us?
Unlike other courses out there, our courses were developed by expert UX writers and managers from companies like Google, Intuit, MYOB, Charter Communications, Amazon, and more.
Studying with the UX Writers Collective will set you up to succeed at similar tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, Spotify, Shopify, and Netflix.
Are you ready for a fun, creative, and lucrative job? Already work in tech, but need to hone some world-class writing skills?
Come study with us! Our courses provide:
- A curriculum designed by professional UX writers from the world’s leading companies
- A solid, career-building foundation in user experience and design writing
- A Facebook group and a Slack Mentor group exclusively for students
- Practical, hands-on experience with the opportunity to finish a portfolio-ready project
- Personalized feedback from instructors on practice work and your final project
- More than just UX writing skills: the critical knowledge you need to succeed in a UX design team
Sign up for our Fundamentals course and you’ll be ready to roll in 8 – 10 weeks (average for course completion).
Frequently asked questions
1. How are your courses different from other UX writing or copywriting courses?
Unlike other online writing courses, the UX Writer’s Collective curriculum is designed by writers who have many years of experience as working members of design teams. We are exclusively owned, managed and operated by UX writers. One founder is the former Head of UX Content Strategy for Google Payments and Google Assistant Transactions. Another founder leads UX Writing and Voice Design for Amazon customer service. In fact, our entire curriculum was developed by UX writers from companies including:
• Charter Communications
We know how hard it is to find and hire qualified people for open UX Writer roles. Our mission is to close that gap by helping people learn the craft.
2. Are there any requirements or prerequisites for the courses?
Yes, there are a few:
- You must be fluent in English, able to write with very few grammar or spelling mistakes. (We aren’t qualified to teach in any other languages. Thanks for your understanding!)
- The courses require a lot of reading. We wanted to provide a ton of screenshots and examples, which made video formats more difficult. That means you’ll need to enjoy learning by reading and then trying out what you’ve learned by writing for practice assignments.
- You should have some familiarity with user experience design (UX). Ideally, you would know what a wireframe is and know a bit about the software development process.
- How much “familiarity” is enough? Here’s a list of terms. If you know what 80-90% of these terms mean, you’re probably familiar enough with UX to take one of our courses:
- Error message
- Push notification
- User testing
- Information architecture
- Frontend / Backend
- Form field
If you don’t have enough design knowledge, you can do some research on Medium or take a short course in interaction or user experience design before jumping into the UX Writing Fundamentals course. We do teach a lot of design concepts, but you’ll be more comfortable if you have basic UX knowledge before you start.
3. Are the courses taught by an instructor?
The courses are self-guided and self-paced. There is no live instructor so you don’t have to attend classes at specific times. Instead, you work through the material at your own pace. You will interact with instructors via written feedback on your practice work, office hours, and your final project.
4. How many hours per week does the Fundamentals course take?
The Fundamentals course consists of 7 units, each made up of about 5 lessons. You can expect each lesson to take about 2 hours on average including your practice exercises.
This means the course will take about 8 to 10 weeks on average if you put in about 8 hours per week. (The course is self-paced so you can go as slow or as fast as you like!)
5. Is there a deadline to finish a course? Are they timed?
Not at all. You can start, resume, or finish any course at your own speed. You have lifetime access to the course materials after purchase.
6. What’s included in the course fee?
• Self-paced course materials with quizzes and practice exercises
• Feedback on your work from instructors
• Student forum, office hours with instructors, and mentor groups
• A final project to add to your portfolio
• Certificate of proficiency upon successful completion of the course*
* Note: The Microcopy Course does not provide any kind of certification. All other courses do.
7. Do I get a certificate when I complete the course?
You’ll have to work for it, but everyone who successfully completes the course assignments, and demonstrates mastery through the final project and exam, will earn a certificate and become a Certified UX Writer. Note: The Microcopy Course is the exception. It does not include certification.
8. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept all major debit or credit cards and PayPal. We also accept bank transfers for group enrollments.
9. Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! For higher-priced courses, you can choose to pay in installments or pay all at once.
10. Do you offer scholarships or team discounts?
UX Writers Collective is committed to serving underrepresented groups in technology. You can apply for a scholarship using this Google Form. Please note that UXWriters Collective is under no obligation to offer scholarships and reserves the right to grant or deny scholarships at our discretion. Tip: “My company won’t pay” is not a good reason to apply for a scholarship.
For team discounts, please see our info for teams. (It’s so amazing to get your whole product team working together on the copy!)
11. Do I have to take Fundamentals before taking a Skills course?
Nope. You can take Skills courses without signing up for Fundamentals or another Essentials course. That said, your UX writing should be fairly solid before taking a Skills course (that means, rare grammar or spelling errors, some knowledge of basic UX writing processes and best practices). We’ll expect you to already have a pretty good idea of how product design works.
12. Will I have a portfolio when I complete the course?
During courses, all students create portfolio-ready UX writing projects. It’s up to you to add them to your portfolio, but you’ll be doing portfolio-worthy work. The last unit for the UX Writing Fundamentals course includes straightforward instructions on creating a portfolio. So, yes! With a little work, you will finish with a portfolio.
13. When can I actually sign up and get started on a course?
You can sign up anytime. There are no course sessions or cohorts. The course is self-paced, so you can jump in and get to work whenever you’re ready. After purchasing a course, just click the Log In link at the top of the website and get started.
14. Will I get a job if I take your course?
Landing a job seems to be heavily dependent on where you’re located. San Francisco, Seattle, NYC, Tel Aviv, Dublin, and other tech-heavy regions have the most open roles. Remote jobs are more common now (thanks, Covid, lol), but still in high demand. We can’t guarantee that you’ll land a job, but we have a good support network in place to make it easier. If you earn a certification, you should be fully trained to join a company as an entry level UX writer. UX Writers Collective also publishes a Jobs newsletter with job listings from around the globe. We also guide you in portfolio creation. We can’t guarantee that you’ll land a job, but we can make sure you’re prepared to work in the role and understand how to best present yourself and your work.
15. How much do the courses cost?
The Fundamentals course costs US $895. Skills courses will land in the $300-600 range, depending on the course. The introductory Microcopy course is a great deal, but does not provide certification.
Check out our Courses page for a full list of classes and prices.
16. Do you offer refunds?
We offer refunds in some limited circumstances. Please contact us and explain your situation.
17. Do students get experience in design tools?
The UX Writing Fundamentals and CX Writing final projects are completed in Figma. The Chatbot Writing final project is completed in Botmock. So, yes, you’ll get some experience with design tools for those courses.
Smart companies hire writers who understand product design
Our courses teach how to:
- Collaborate with designers, product managers, and developers
- Craft effective copy for user interfaces
- Define and design a company’s voice and tone
- Write for chatbots using introductory conversation design skills
- Create a scalable UX writing strategy with the deliverables to make it happen
- Conduct content-related research including customer interviews, usability tests, card sorting, A/B tests, and test results synthesis
More questions? Give us a shout and we’ll help.