About this Specialization
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

CreativityWritingNon-fiction WritingStorytellingEssay Writing

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Memoir and Personal Essay: Managing Your Relationship with the Reader

4.2
25 ratings
14 reviews
Course2

Writing in First Person Point of View

4.7
9 ratings
3 reviews
Course3

Writing a Personal Essay

4.0
10 ratings
2 reviews
Course4

Writing Stories About Ourselves

4.1
13 ratings
9 reviews

Instructors

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Greg Pardlo

Visiting Scholar
Shapiro Center for Writing
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Ariel Levy

Visiting Scholar
Shapiro Center for Writing
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Amy Bloom

Distinguished University Writer in Residence and Director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing
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Said Sayrafiezadeh

Visiting Scholar
Shapiro Center for Writing

About Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • The Specialization consists of four courses, which are designed to take about four weeks each but through which you should feel free to move at your own pace.

  • No experience is necessary beyond the desire to tell your story to someone - whether it's the world or your family or anything in between!

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