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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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Apr 6, 2022

very informative and good material for students whose wanting to improve more on their writing or communication skills.

By Samuel H

May 28, 2020

Very hands-on lessons and great reading materials to learn not only wording skills but knowledge...even wisdom in life!


Aug 22, 2022

The course brought me back to days when writing was fun. Prof. Barry was clear, concise and sometimes entertaining.

By Jacquelyn N E

Apr 15, 2021

Not only was this course informative with tons of material and recourses, but it was also fun, peppy, and exciting!

By Rosedelle B

Jul 5, 2020

It's a nice course especially for someone who is really into literature. I've learned a lot throughout this course.

By Danielle S

Jun 16, 2020

The professor is so engaging. He managed to take a dry subject (my opinion) and make it really enjoyable to learn.

By Samin Y A

Sep 18, 2020

Found it extremely helpful. The instructor was really professional. This is an indispensable course for everyone.

By Jill L

Jul 19, 2020

I learned a lot in a short amount of time, it was well worth it and will enhance my writing skills in the future.

By Rosa C

Jul 19, 2022

I loved taking this course I feel like I learned a lot .

too bad there are no official credits towards a degree .

By Zulfiqar A

Feb 13, 2022

Professor Barry has a very unique way of teaching. Overall course is good and one needs to do a lot of readings.

By Kat Z

Jun 25, 2020

Professor Barry is amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed this course; it opened my eyes to writing, learning, and life.

By Sonia C G

Jan 30, 2022

Everything was great in this course. The content and the way of teaching of the professor were just excellent!

By Priya P

May 10, 2021

This course is actually beneficial for the beginner writer's, everything is explained with suitable example.

By Isabell D

Feb 27, 2023

Loved this class. I put in more time then I have because i was motivated and interested in the assignments.

By Neil W

Feb 20, 2022

Outstanding Instructor and well put together course...the materials used were great examples of the subject.

By Neil G

Aug 31, 2021

It is so much better than I imgained it would be. I am truly better at writing after completing this course

By Tara M

Mar 6, 2021

Take this course if you want practical tools to improve their writing. It's engaging, educational, and fun!

By Shailaja K

Jun 29, 2020

Word choice and word order was an excellent course to begin writing and learn the nuances of writing well .

By Sheila

Nov 16, 2022

Excellent course ! the best course I have taken thus far reviewing the basics was fun! thank you professor

By maricielo H C

Jun 7, 2022

Me encanto este curso! Me ha ayudado mucho tanto en la vida universitaria como profesional. Lo recomiendo!

By Rajveer R

Jul 6, 2021

Do yourself a favour and take this course. Somethings are meant to be belived before one experiences it.

By Ronnie G

Oct 17, 2020

I love all the lessons I learned from this course. I'll make sure that my notes won't just stay on paper.

By Asifa K

Dec 30, 2022

Thanks, Mr. Patrick Barry for giving such instructions through your videos. Everything has been cleared.

By Sourabh M

Feb 9, 2021

A very inspiring and much needed course that will start you on a journey that was important and ignored.

By Iryna L

Sep 5, 2020

Very helpful for everyone who wants to improve their writing skills. Good for advanced English learners.