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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 Rachel H M

Nov 19, 2022

Wonderful course! I truly enjoyed it, learned a lot, and was immediately able to apply what I learned.

By Amanda S

Mar 10, 2022

I thouroughly enjoyed Professor Barry and this course. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

By Rahul J

Nov 26, 2020

This class is really good to become a good writer and I have learned a lot during this course I took.

By Mark L

Feb 24, 2021

An excellent course that enlightens, strengthens and challenges the attendee to be a better writer.

By Leisle E

Jan 31, 2021

Excellent course, interesting and engaging with very practical tips on how to improve your writing.

By Abdul H K

Aug 18, 2021

The style, the flow, and the course contents. Everything was splendid. Thank you Professor Barry!

By Amira M E

Nov 19, 2021

I've learned more about writing in this one course than in my entire college experience. Take it.

By Katya L M

Jun 8, 2020

This course is fun, dynamic and endlessly insightful into the mundanity of being good with words.

By Raquel C

Sep 12, 2022

Es un curso que te incita a la escritura. A saber cada día mas, para ser un escritor de calidad

By Tony C

Dec 21, 2020

I really enjoyed the learning materials and the way Professor Patrick Barry explains everything.

By Tina P

Jul 13, 2020

I learned a lot from this course so I decided to take all four under the specialization course.

By Eva S

Dec 15, 2020

Amazing experience. I understood everything perfectly. Very detailed explanations. Great Job.

By Nay C H

Oct 20, 2020

A very good course for people who finding improvements on writing skill in English language

By Lorna O

Oct 19, 2020

Amazing course! Deeply informative, inspired, and helpful to my career and life! Thank you!

By Arohi S H

Oct 24, 2021

An awesome course , an awesome professor and very efficient for students learning online.

By Matheus S

Jan 22, 2021

Thank you Mr. Barry! I learned a lot from you in this course, and I'm a fan of your books

By Yoana C

Jul 11, 2022

Fantastic course. Well articulated and presented with interesting and poignant examples.


Jan 28, 2021

Wonderful course! I greatly improved my writing skills and feel much more confident now.

By Margaret L y

Oct 16, 2020

Excellent course with a lot of very useful tips! Patrick Barry has an amazing approach!

By Sara A

Jan 27, 2023

Perfect course to bring a revolution in your ordinary writing to make it extraordinary.


Jul 2, 2020

It was a great course which explained many aspects of English grammar and vocabulary.

By Olibel C M

Sep 10, 2022

It was an excellent module, easy to navigate and with lots of critical information.

By Lau T M

Apr 14, 2022

It really helping non-english native speaaker use word much precise and approiacte

By Kevin J S

Dec 7, 2021

A great course to review and revise some writing basics and to learn something new.

By dan a

Jan 26, 2021

The instructor does an amazing job. The material is concise, energetic, and catchy.