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About the Course

This course will teach you how to use your written words to become more persuasive. You’ll learn creative ways to use syntax, effective techniques for telling stories, and a clever method for arranging a complex series of information. You’ll also get a chance to both professionalize your use of punctuation and add a bit of style and sophistication to how you craft everything from sentences to slogans. In addition, you’ll 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. Social media has only accelerated the ways in which we all must learn to use our writing to connect, compete, and create—sometimes all at once. So join us for this first course in a four-part series and experience the many benefits, both personal and professional, of becoming “good with words.”...

Top reviews


Dec 7, 2021

It is an excellent course that offers deep insights into the importance of words, it's usage in professional writing, and the impact it makes. I've learnt a lot from the course. Thank you Coursera.


Jul 1, 2020

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Excellent teaching and excellent material. Everyone can improve their professionalism by taking Professor Barry's writing on course, it's not just for lawyers.

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By Dr. S D

Jan 31, 2021

This is a wonderful course. I took this up out of curiosity, in order to figure out how much better can I write? I already considered myself a good writer. But, Professor Barry's course is designed to teach at ALL levels. I have started looking at words with new eyes. Highly recommend this course to ALL, but especially those who think that they are already good with words!

By Fernandes M

Apr 23, 2021

I loved it; Professor Barry is my idea of what a teacher should be - entertaining, interesting, caters to every age group.

The course made me re-think a lot of my writing, and how I want to go forward making the transition from technical writing to content writing.

Best part is I've already started using much of what I've learnt in writing work for others.

By Amber P

Jan 14, 2021

This is a great course for writers at every level! I'm a graduate student in the humanities, so of course I had fairly decent writing skills already, but this gave me a much needed little boost in skill and motivation. Try it, whether you're a non-native speaker who wants to learn the basics, or a polished writer who just wants a few more tips and hints!

By angela b

Jan 19, 2022

I enjoy taking classes that challenge you. Writing and Editing is the type of class you will scream at your computer but determining it was not going to beat me I met the challenge and passed with a 90. If you need a class to kick start your skills, challenge your personal growth and take this class.

By Nicole M

Apr 6, 2021

I enjoyed Professor Barry in this course. He was very good at explaining the information and used great examples. I also liked the supplementary materials provided with the course. Combined together will aid any individual in increasing their writing skills to be more effective and efficient.

By Madison M

Dec 26, 2022

Excellent, well-paced introduction into learning how to write professionally: for both beginners and experienced writers. Workload isn't too heavy, and the instructor is very direct yet empathetic with his teachings. You really may have quite a few epiphanies while going through this series.

By Ramnath S K

Jan 11, 2021

Absolutely wonderful and engaging course on Improving one's command over the ENGLISH LANGUAGE - written in particular. I was totally bowled over by the erudition, the quizzes, the resources, and the lectures. The instructor was nonpareil. I wished I had done this during my halcyon years.

By Marilyn R

Mar 4, 2021

I am encouraged to read more and look for sentences I like. I can dissect these sentences and compare them to the lectures on what makes a good sentence. The Resource Library has an abundance of books and articles available to students that is worth more than the price of the course.

By Ariff A R

Dec 19, 2020

I learned a lot about how to become a better writer in a relatively short duration. Working professionals should consider joining this course as the knowledge of good writing acquired can really help you advance your careers. Terrific course contents and teaching by Professor Barry.

By Pragyan P P

Jun 17, 2021

This course is a must to galvanize the writing style and pattern. The excellent reading materials support contextual learning and execution throughout the course. The citations and exercises throughout the course help in enhancing the standards of professional and personal writing.

By Listya p

Jan 29, 2022

I'm glad with all the materials that offer by this course. I could even find the a few of materials that is benefical for copywriting/ad campaign projects. It's amazing because this course is like kill two birds with one stone :)

Hope i could join this kind of course next time :)

By Farah R

Sep 17, 2021

This course is truly helpful for those writers who want to write an engaging piece for their own or other's blogs...and there were tons of excellent resources that helped me to improve a lot! Huge THANKS to Professor Patrick Barry, and looking forward to learn more from you...

By Danica M

Jan 7, 2022

The lectures are engaging and funny. You really do learn a lot. The samples/related literature cover a wide range, and you'll notice that they're kept updated, too, which is awesome. It's great if you wanna brush up on your grammar or need some ideas to be more creative.

By Ha D

Sep 9, 2021

The course is very helpful for both my professional and personal life. I get to improve my productivity, enjoy more readings and writings, and make a meaningful impact on my society just with the power of writing and editing. Big thanks to Professor Barry and Coursera!

By Hanne M N

Mar 20, 2021

This course will take your writing to a whole new level. By far the most inspiring, compelling, and down-to -earth scholar I’ve ever come across _ Patrick Barry is an academic on a mission to trim the flab of the overly cluttered legalese writing.

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By Arianne M

Jan 19, 2021

Professor Barry has a great teaching style that will keep you engaged. I truly appreciated the vast variety of examples because connecting what you learn to the real world always seems to make it stick more. So glad I challenged myself to try something new!

By Sylvia H

Dec 23, 2022

I believe this course will help me write differently. Although its methods are a bit confusing we are also explained that it is the best way of learning. This may be true. I am very motivated to put my pen back into my present and past papers.

By Shoaib M

Aug 26, 2021

I think it was an unprecedented opportunity for me to go through the Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order.

It has potential to add some values in my profession and upcoming opportunities.

Thanks Proffessor Patrick Barry & Coursera.

By May D

Mar 8, 2022

Excellent course, deepened my love of writing and language and has made me even more confident in my writing abilities. I've got a long reading list of recommendations from this course. Definitely a life-changing course for all people.

By Kimberly S

Feb 9, 2023

This course is full of interesting and useful information, including videos and reading material. The facilitator is knowledgeable and likable (which is important when you're staring at them onscreen for so long). Highly recommend!

By Fatima S R

Jan 12, 2021

Professor Barry is an amazing mentor. He created a world where the students can vicariously experience an engaging atmosphere to learn. The editing tips and strategies are so worth the time spent listening to his lecture.

By Sandrine W

Nov 29, 2020

Tips, techniques and grammar asides, the most important thing I've learned is: writing well is a force of persuasion. And I enjoyed sampling a wide range of good writings, works that I wouldn't have encountered otherwise.

By Akzira

Nov 27, 2020

Thanks for this amazing course to everyone who made it. I enjoyed going through materials, book recommendations and doing really interesting assignments. Also, big thanks for letting us repeat the assignment over again:)

By Connie D

Feb 21, 2021

Professor Barry, I appreciate your teaching style, and your desire to share your excellence and experience of how to be a better writer. I will be ordering Good with Words, so I can digest your guidance again and again.

By Allison W

Sep 23, 2021

This is a well-planned, comprehensive writing course. Very good recent examples from literature, speeches, and other notable sources.

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