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About the Course

This second course in the Good with Words: Writing and Editing series will help you become an effective architect of information, both with your sentences and with your paragraphs. You’ll learn that the traditional advice to “Show, don’t tell” is incomplete and that skilled writers actually switch back and forth between showing and telling. You’ll also learn more about the menu of time management techniques introduced in the first course of the series, including “deep work,” “studio time,” and “the Animal Farm Principle.” And as with the other three courses in this series, you will 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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Nov 9, 2022

This course was easy to follow and included fun and diverse activities. Professor Barry presents ideas and topics in a style that allows the learner to retain knowledge and to achieve goals easily!


Nov 21, 2020

Great course! There's plenty of materials and opportunities for practice. There's a sense of continuation from one topic to the next; coherence is impeccable.

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By Suzette G

Jan 16, 2023

A very enjoyable course. The core content is very useful and insightful. Plus, it has given me many new titles to add to my reading list.

By Abimbola A

Dec 7, 2022

I just want to say thank you to Cousera for giving me the opportunity to take the course on writing and editing.

By Gabriel P

Feb 9, 2021

Although the courses are designed to be taken in any order, the order taken does support a nice gradual approach.

By Maureen M

Jul 28, 2021

A very helpful course. I am looking forward to learning more with Professor Bary and the University of Michigan.

By Donna C

Apr 8, 2021

Best writing course I have ever done. Cant wait to complete the others in the specialization. Excellent teacher!

By Maria C

Nov 7, 2020

I really enjoy these courses. Not only do I learn to write better, but I also learn about authors I didn't know.

By kevin d

Sep 29, 2021

So many helpful tips on how to organize. I hope the last 2 classes in the specialization are just as good.

By Brian K

Mar 20, 2023

I have found these courses to be very instructive and help me to think more critically about my writing.

By Paul W B

Dec 20, 2020

I may not be a law student, but this was an excellent course to test and rethink my writing strategies.

By Sylvia H

Dec 15, 2022

Really enjoyed and taught me about from a totally different and interesting perspective.

By Kathleen S

Oct 9, 2020

Professor Barry is an amazing fountain of knowledge and advice about writing skills.


Oct 23, 2020

It was an awesome experience for me and I am priviliged to be a part of this course

By Mauricio A

Sep 9, 2022

This specialization changed at best my worldview, my cosmogony; at worst my life.

By Gianfranco G C

May 7, 2022

well explained, i like how the video interacts is very helpful for my listening.

By Megan O

Jan 30, 2021

I'm learning so much. And the optional or suggested readings are really good.


Jan 14, 2024

It's a very knowledgeable and well organized course infact I learned a lot

By Ronnie G

Nov 17, 2020

Insightful and lots of different techniques about writing will find you.

By Gianela a m

Sep 18, 2022

It was a good experience and made me inprove mi english level.

By Nathan R

Mar 30, 2022

Wow! Great course, learned a lot about writing, structure, etc.

By Nathan H

Jan 15, 2023

Professor Partick Barry is awesome, energizing my spirit.

By Farah R

Oct 8, 2021

An excellent course. A must course to enroll for writers.

By Lina C

Mar 19, 2022

I love the examples Professor Barry uses in his class.

By Srinjoy B

Apr 17, 2021

Excellent course! Looking forward to the next segment.


Jun 7, 2020

Good stuff, practical and instantly beneficial advice.

By Margaret L y

Oct 25, 2020

Excellent, informative and well-structured course!