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Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

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100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The Art of the Frame: Giving Context to Memories

This week you will learn to identify aspects of the writing process that experienced writers can afford to take for granted. We will address questions of structure, strategy, and methods—the necessary elements for any good blueprint for writing....
Reading
4 videos (Total 17 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Consider Your Strategy2m
The Uses of Research4m
From the Generative Stage to the Revision Stage4m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Avatar: The Messenger is the Message

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Reading
3 videos (Total 13 min), 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Show Your True Selves5m
How Much of a Difference Can It Make?2m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Diegesis and the Extradiagetic Frame: Two Trains Running

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Reading
4 videos (Total 19 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Zoom In, Pan Out5m
Make the Move: Explicit and Implicit5m
The Frame Inspires Trust5m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Profiling: Our Relationship to the People in Our Work

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Reading
4 videos (Total 17 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Talking About Others5m
Conducting Family Interviews5m
Quote, Summarize, Paraphrase3m

Instructor

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Greg Pardlo

Visiting Scholar
Shapiro Center for Writing

About Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit. ...

About the Memoir and Personal Essay: Write About Yourself Specialization

How To Write About Yourself...so that someone else wants to read it! This is the heart of this Coursera specialization in Memoir and Personal Essay. Masters of both genres share tips, prompts, exercises, readings and challenges to help every writer imagine, construct and write compelling pieces of non-fiction's most popular form: the personal narrative....
Memoir and Personal Essay: Write About Yourself

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