In 1988, Michael Crichton taught a course in writing at MIT. Here is the class introduction taken from the handouts from the first day of class:
A HEARTY AND HEARTFELT WELCOME TO THE CLASS
It’s my fervent and heartfelt desire to welcome you all to this class which I hope will be fascinating and also produce the greatest benefits to you all, certainly if you stick with it, it probably will. Of course I have never really taught anything except a lecture course, and that was in a foreign country many years ago, and they liked it but it was on another subject, anthropology. But I believe this class will be beneficial and exciting to everyone I am sure, and if not I hope you won’t tell anybody.
In our class work, our working methods will include among other things on-the-spot editing, editing of class writing, some on-the-spot writing in class, critiquing of writing and editing, and several other procedures, too, in addition to what we have already named. One of the first things we will attempt to undertake and explain, in the very first session, is the art and method of shortening sentences and paragraphs and getting to the point, being precise, saying it briefly, avoiding redundancy, not saying things twice, etc.
This is a pass/fail class and you are going to have to be a pretty awful dolt and idiot to fail, but nevertheless with great effort and enthusiasm you can manage to do it. One of the easiest ways to fail is to fail to hand in the assignments. Assignments are brief and not very long, but they are expected on the day they are due, or at the very worst the week after. Then again, maybe the week after that, but maybe not, I don’t know yet, you can ask me about the rules for this.
Another way to fail is to pay no attention and to not do the revisions and the exercises. Still another way to fail is to snore loudly in class and annoy the other students. Never attending is also a successful way to fail. Not double-spacing your assignments will not make you fail but it will annoy the teacher and therefore he might humiliate you in class or something, so you better double-space whatever you hand in, and all things considered you better hand it in on time.
In summary you will find this class gives you as much as you put into it, rather like an exercise class or weight lifting class, and you can get a lot of training. If you stick with it, you will find that your strength in these skill areas improves. You will certainly become a better writer.