5 Best Online Writing Courses – Sotheby’s

I’ve found a way to increase the reach of my writing practice despite COVID limiting me to solitary endeavors. As we wait to see what this winter brings, I’d like to share what I’ve found to be courses well-worth more time online.

This series of posts covers the 5 best online writing courses – actually where to find them. Each post will examine the range of classes, the experience in the classes, and the adequacy of the communication with the organization. It will also rate the courses on those attributes, with 5 = YES!

Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Sotheby’s offers Professional classes and events in NYC as well as online classes available worldwide. Their Online classes come in two Types: There are Live courses that are offered in realtime and Flexible classes with assignments that become available each week, in which you do that week’s work when it fits your schedule.

Pick Your Class

The Online Course Catalog page makes it easy to view courses by Type, Date, Durantion, and Topic. Clicking on a class brings you to a screen with the full scoop – from a Course Description to the Price, Dates, Duration, Type, Location, Topics, and Language. Further down the page you’ll find the Faculty Name and Bio, Sample Schedule, and Next Steps. There is also a section with More Informatioan. You can always contact Admission for more info (online@sia.edu) or click to Register.


Sotheby’s Institue of Art offers Professional Online class in Art Writing. I’m a full-time freelance writer in science and tech, yet I learned not only about art writing, but some new insights into writing as well. There are also courses in Art Business; Art History; Art Law; Career Studies; Collecting; Contemporary Art; Curating; Design; Luxury Business; Specializations & Skills.

Program Certificates

Students can opt to receive a Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art by meeting the additional assignment requirements for the Certificate. The digital version of the certificates can be shared on social media platforms. You’ll find additional information about the Course Completion Certificate at the More Information > Course Completion link at the bottom of the info for each course.

The Experience

The Flexible Art Writing and other classses I’ve taken at Sotheby’s as research for a project have been top notch. There is a video lecture of one or two parts each week. Courses often include video interviews with authorities in their areas of expertise. There are also required and optional readings. Students are required to write a discussion post and comment on other’s discussion posts each week – which makes for a lively class. The faculty are all experts in their fields. They are also good communicators.


Online classes are held in Canvas. Once you recieve your invitation to join for Sotheby classes, you will be good to go with that log in info for all courses. Once you’re in Canvas, you will see your current classes, with the option to see all of your Past and Future Enrollments. You can also email your instructor or others, andview a calendar for your courses in Canvas. Each class also has its own interface with Announcements, Modules, Help, Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, and Grades.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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