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Writing well in English is an important, but challenging skill to develop. But you CAN do it! And you don't need to be born with magical 'talent.' You just need to learn the craft of writing. Here at the English Writing Workshop, that is what you will do. Whether you're a high school or college student, an English language learner trying to pass an IELTS, TOEFL or TOEIC exam, or a native-speaking professional, the concepts, techniques, and skills you will learn and develop with Teacher Paul will help you super-improve your writing. Here at the English Writing Workshop, you will learn the secrets to writing well, secrets that no longer belong only to the great master writers of the world. You will learn the concepts, techniques, and skills that will transform your writing from not-good-enough to GREAT!

Your Instructor:

Paul Duke

English Writing Instructor

Paul is an award-winning English educator from Canada, and the academic writing instructor for the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music's international campus in Tianjin, China. He studied at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, as well as at the Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Language Education and Information Science in Kyoto, Japan. Paul is also the creator of the Youtube channel, Hard-Boiled English, on which he hosts the web series English Weirdness and his weekly live streaming show, Hard-Boiled English Live. A writer himself, Paul is also the main author of the blog, English Confidential. Formerly a professional private investigator and security specilaist, Paul brings his 'Hard-Boiled' inquiry approach to the learning of language, teaching students to be self-motivated critical thinkers, learners, and writers.


“Meeting Paul was super epic. Back in 2014, I was looking for a teacher to ask for assistance in preparing my entry to an English essay contest. Eventually, I was able to win the first prize of the competition, which enabled me to attend a global youth conference at the United Nations Headquarters in N.Y. ”


“When I started learning English, I wasn’t able to write a short paragraph in English but after studying with Paul I was confident to write an essay and even a research paper. He taught me not only the skills of writing an essay but also having confidence to learn a foreign language. ”


“ Before meeting him, I was made to believe that my writing skills were limited and would never be decent, but he opened my eyes to new paths in terms of organizing my ideas, putting them on the paper and creating a good structure for it.”


“I relied heavily on his reading and writing workshops for my IELTS exam which I needed for university, where I am. His writing instruction has incredibly improved my writing skills as well as my reading comprehension. I highly recommend teacher Paul for those who are interested in learning English or need help in writing.”


“Paul helped me prepare for university in Canada. He told me how to write a research paper not only academically but also creatively and attractively. His passion for writing has inspired many students who have taken his writing classes.”


“I was always in awe of Paul’s ability to communicate his knowledge in such an effortless way. His teaching method helped me improve my writing skills, specially as he was both rigorous and encouraging while I was working on a research paper.”

Jorge Jaén Q.

“I studied IELTS writing with Paul. He taught me how to make the structure of essays and a pyramid method is essential in academic writing. He is an enthusiastic teacher and his attitude in the class boosted my motivation. Thanks to his help, I feel comfortable writing essays and expressing my opinion, and improving my IELTS score as well.”

Aiko, Registered Nurse


5 star rating

Writing with purpose, precision and power: fundations.

Wilson Merchán

outstanding, great explanation teacher Paul. It helps me for my career.

outstanding, great explanation teacher Paul. It helps me for my career.

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  • What English level are these courses for?

    The courses here are best for students with intermediate to advanced levels.

  • Is the course in person or online?

    The course is online. It is based on Teacher Paul's award-winning in-person workshop.

  • Do I have to study the course on a schedule?

    You do not have to attend lessons at a specific time. The course lessons consists of videos and downloadable materials that you study any time you choose.

Bonus material

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  • Private Coaching

    $100 value

    By adding this feature to your online course, you can reserve two private Zoom meetings with Teacher Paul and get feedback on your writing practice.