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About the Course

This third course in the “Good with Words: Writing and Editing” series will give you a number of strategies to help with what is often the most intimidating, even paralyzing part of the writing process: getting started. You’ll learn about the “planning fallacy” and “temptation bundling.” You’ll get a chance to experiment with “freewriting” and “writing before you are ready.” And you’ll continue to benefit, through our ongoing “Good Sentences” and “Takeaways” segments, from the models and advice of a diverse set of writers. As with the other three courses in this series, you will also get access to a wide range of books and other resources you can use even after you finish the course. These include: (1) the readings and exercises provided to the students who have taken the in-person version of this course at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago; (2) two digital libraries of excellent writing from a diverse collection of journalists, scientists, novelists, poets, historians, and entrepreneurs; and (3) a monthly “Good Sentences” email....

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Jan 3, 2021

Patrick Barry has put together a terrific series of courses! Skills in the nuances of writing, organizing complex ideas, planning, how to get around 'blocks' and get started. Well worth it!


Nov 5, 2022

If you're trying to write better, draft better, or edit better - this course is definitely for you! Prof. Barry also provides a lot of great extra material that are useful and practical.

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By Santosh S

Sep 4, 2020

Generally a good course on drafting. The learning can be applied to any settings -like academic writing, fiction writing or non-fiction writing. What I liked about the course is amazing inputs of various books, newspaper articles, and videos that faculty points us to. Thanks for it.

By Sonia S K

Jul 19, 2020

I liked this course a lot. It really motivated me to start writing instead of waiting for ideas or being stuck with writer's block. The only problem is that the graded quizzes are too theoretical and superficial.

By Franco A

Dec 30, 2020

It was a little bit less technical than other courses, but more practical. It has some precious tips or insights into drafting.

By Annie P R H

Oct 11, 2021

I loved the inspiration that I received in this course, inspiration for writing.

By Jeevesh A

Aug 9, 2022

Excellent content with good insightful exercises and tests

By Kelly R

Jul 12, 2020

As interesting as the other 3 if you want suggestions on what to read (to write better), but still not much on grammar or style.

By april t m

Jul 10, 2021

It's not as informational as the first course is. It has a lot of repetition from the previous courses.


May 23, 2020

not suitable for me

By Simone M

Feb 15, 2022

I expect more learning points in the seemingly most important course of this specialization while only learnt get started / get your 1st draft done / write before you're ready. Don't you think they are only repetitive?