University of Michigan
Good with Words: Writing and Editing Specialization
University of Michigan

Good with Words: Writing and Editing Specialization

Writing. Editing. Persuasion. Learn the mechanics and strategy of effective communication.

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Patrick Barry

Instructor: Patrick Barry

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What you'll learn

  • Creative ways to use syntax

  • Techniques for adding nuance to your sentences and slogans

  • Tips to help you punctuate and paragraph like a professional

  • Habits needed to complete both short-term and long-term projects

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Specialization - 4 course series

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4.7

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Beginner level

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2 months at 10 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

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Specialization - 4 course series

Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order

Course 120 hours4.7 (1,873 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how the words you choose can change the decisions people make

  • Use syntax strategically

  • Write with originality and produce sentences that nobody else can write

  • Arrange a complex set of information in a reader-friendly way

Skills you'll gain

Category: Creativity
Category: Time management
Category: Persuasion
Category: Writing
Category: Editing

Writing and Editing: Structure and Organization

Course 215 hours4.8 (522 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how structure can be used to generate content

  • Place corresponding ideas in corresponding forms

  • Add nuance to your writing by using anadiplosis

  • Identify and assess when to use sentences with varying lengths

Skills you'll gain

Category: Creativity
Category: Time management
Category: Persuasion
Category: Writing
Category: Editing

Writing and Editing: Drafting

Course 313 hours4.8 (337 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Understand and reflect on the cost of perfectionism in writing

  • Conduct a “pre-mortem” before starting a writing draft

  • Identify summaries and scenes

  • Apply the “nothing else” and “need to know” principles

Skills you'll gain

Category: Creativity
Category: Time management
Category: Persuasion
Category: Writing
Category: Editing

Writing and Editing: Revising

Course 413 hours4.8 (357 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to become a better reader of your own writing

  • Apply the E-D-I-T framework

  • Identify uselessly accurate information

  • Create multiple ways to communicate the same data

Skills you'll gain

Category: Creativity
Category: Time management
Category: Persuasion
Category: Writing
Category: Editing

Instructor

Patrick Barry
University of Michigan
12 Courses175,352 learners

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