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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 Janhavi M

Nov 23, 2020

A wonderful course that helps you become conscious of the way you write! Thank you to the course instructor for his interesting classes/videos. I recommend this course to all who indulge in professional writing.

By Masoud H A

Feb 12, 2022

An excellent course and a job well done by Professor Patrick. This is a must-have course even for seniors because it covers important concepts and ideas that are fundamental for mastering the art of writing.

By Mehnaz M

Mar 30, 2021

I didn't expect the course to turn out to be so useful, informative, well organized and easy to understand. I was very motivated to learn and enjoyed every bit of it, Highly recommend it to aspiring writers!

By So F

Jan 10, 2021

It was a really good course. The concepts were given in a way that I could easily understand. I found various interesting topics and many books that I would love to read. Totally worths the time spent on it.

By Anderson J

Sep 8, 2022

This course is great! I recommend this to people who want to know more about writing. It has incredible material and tools to help you improve not only your writing but also your idea of what writing is.

By Abir M

Oct 19, 2021

The material that is provided in this course is of high quality. I recommend taking the time for this course, it doesn't only teach your writing and editing, but something deeper that is related to it.

By Chideraa I

Mar 6, 2022

Taking the course, taking notes and exercises has challenged me to be more intentional with my writing. I have also been able to note writing weaknesses and work on improving them.

By Jason L

Dec 30, 2020

Great course overall! I loved that I learned a lot about writing strategy and not just mechanics. I wasn't expecting that, and I think it was the most valuable piece of the course.

By Bernice A

Jan 16, 2021

It is amazing the things I have learned here. Professeur Barry is a good teacher. He helps me to understand all the topics very well. The materials he brings are worth reading.

By Tolulope A

Jul 25, 2020

I definitely mentioned Professor Barry in my blog, thank you for helping me realize that it's a whole new and big world in writing.

By Gabriela A

Oct 29, 2020

One of the best courses! Mr. Patrick, great professor! thanks for all the tips and so useful knowledge I have with me now. Writing is a superpower and you a super professor

By Ifeoluwa W M

Sep 23, 2021

Thanks a lot Professor Patric Barry this was one of the most exciting course i have done i really benefited without a doubt from the books and references you gave in class

By Kayla F

Nov 16, 2021

This course really helped me learn to be intentional in my writing. I can't wait to go write something and apply all my new skills, tricks, and techniques to my work.

By Wendy P

Apr 23, 2022

Hugely enjoyable course. I learned a lot and it was engaging throughout. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to feel more comfortable with their writing skills.

By Chrysanthi, P

Oct 28, 2021

This course is incredible. The professor Patrick Barry will enrich your love for writing and teach you things you didn't know about. I loved it. It fueled my passion.

By Rebecca D

Sep 17, 2020

Patrick Barry is a really engaging instructor. This is a well-planned course with immediately applicable advice. Would highly recommend to people in all professions.

By Justyna B

Sep 14, 2020

I am just going to say this - I have update both my LinkedIn AND Tinder profile bio based on this course. This is how life relevant it is. Must-have under your belt!

By Daniel L

Dec 11, 2021

Mr Barry is a captivating educator. Have enjoyed his content, though also enjoyed seeing him stand in front of his classes and inspire them. All the best to you.


Aug 23, 2020

It is extremely useful. Now I feel I identify better when my writing is good or bad. It is helpful from writing scientific papers to writing quick text messages

By Tam A

Dec 19, 2020

It's an amazing course [but time consuming] for both beginner writers like me and writers who might want to check on why they are not yet unique in their work

By Grace G

Oct 24, 2020

The course was concise and easy to learn. The different samples gives a better view of the correct word choices and order. It is not a typical grammar class.

By Trần T V

Nov 22, 2020

I'm pleased with the skills and knowledge in this course. I can learn some tip for writing my resume, my essay, my mail and apply it to be more professional


Jun 13, 2022

I learned a lot. I like the excercises. It is not difficult because everything is well explained, but it requires to read and write and that one practices.

By Dina H

Sep 4, 2021

One of the best courses I have ever experienced. I would not mind taking another course, with this professor. Thank you, Mr. Barry for an awesome course.

By Aida G

Oct 13, 2020

This course was really insightful to me. I've got a lot of useful takeaways that I'll apply daily. Thanks to Professor Barry for his time and dedication.