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Approx. 13 hours to complete
English

What you will learn

  • Understand and reflect on the cost of perfectionism in writing

  • Conduct a “pre-mortem” before starting a writing draft

  • Identify summaries and scenes

  • Apply the “nothing else” and “need to know” principles

Skills you will gain

PersuasionCreativityWritingTime managementEditing
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Beginner Level
Approx. 13 hours to complete
English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

The Fantasy of the Uninitiated

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 19 min), 11 readings, 7 quizzes
8 videos
Personalize Your Defaults5m
Temptation Bundling3m
Lamott and Elbow46s
Punctuation and Professionalism: Semicolons3m
Notes on Nuance: "Simultaneously"2m
Takeaways1m
Student Takeaways: Garbage in Your Head20s
11 readings
Teaching Style + Resources 3m
Help Us Learn More About You!10m
Class Clips10m
Writer's Block4m
Madman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge3m
Exercise—The Cost of Perfectionism (Optional)25m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Introduction and Review10m
Notes on Nuance: Introduction and Review10m
Good Sentences: Introduction and Review4m
Good Sentences (Children)15m
Exercise—Takeaways Reflection5m
7 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice2m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice10m
Semicolons5m
Nuance Practice: Simultaneously5m
Weekly Review (Graded)30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

The Planning Fallacy

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 10 min), 16 readings, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Previously On: Personalized Defaults2m
The Planning Fallacy and Buffer or Suffer2m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Semicolon Substitution2m
Notes on Nuance: Equal Parts1m
Takeaways36s
Student Takeaway: Buffer or Suffer30s
16 readings
Previously On: Introduction and Review5m
Exercise—Previously On5m
The Planning Fallacy15m
The Boss as "Buffer"10m
Exercise—Predicting Projects5m
Exercise—Predicting Projects (Low Stakes)10m
Exercise—Predicting Projects (High Stakes)10m
Class Clips10m
My First Time (The Paris Review)5m
Fresh-Start Effect10m
Habits3m
Habitats5m
Notes on Nuance: Equal Parts5m
Good Sentences (Jobs)15m
Exercise—Takeaways Reflection5m
Edit Our Edits2m
6 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice10m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Punctuation Practice: Semicolon Substitution5m
Weekly Review (Graded)20m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Write Before You Are Ready

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 14 min), 10 readings, 9 quizzes
6 videos
Previously On: The Key to Getting Ahead Is Getting Started2m
Write Before You Are Ready2m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Semicolons and Complex Lists 4m
Notes on Nuance: "However"3m
Takeaways37s
10 readings
Exercise—Previously On10m
Class Clips10m
Start Fast3m
Pitches and Proposals (Resources)3m
Student-->Teacher (Optional)20m
(Optional) Word Choice, Word Confusion10m
Good vs. Well5m
Notes on Nuance: "However"10m
Exercise—Good Sentences (Environment)15m
Exercise—Takeaways Reflection5m
9 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Word Choice, Word Confusion5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Punctuation Practice: Semicolons and Complex Lists5m
Notes on Nuance Practice: "However"5m
Weekly Review (Graded)30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

To Name is To Know and Remember

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 9 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
To Name is to Know and Remember3m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Semicolon Deviation1m
Notes on Nuance: "At Best/At Worst"2m
Takeaways37s
9 readings
Exercise—Previously On10m
Good with Words Chapter 10 ("To Name is to Know and Remember")20m
Class Clips10m
Notes on Nuance: "At Best/At Worst"10m
Exercise—Good Sentences (Property)15m
Exercise—Takeaways Reflection5m
Book Recommendations (Psychology)10m
(Optional) Exercise—Thank You Letter10m
Course Feedback10m
5 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Punctuation Practice: Semicolon Deviation5m
Notes on Nuance Practice "At Best/At Worst"5m
Weekly Review (Graded)30m

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