Writing and Editing: Drafting (Coursera)

Writing and Editing: Drafting (Coursera)
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Writing and Editing: Drafting (Coursera)
This third course in the “Good with Words: Writing and Editing” series will give you a number of strategies to help with what is often the most intimidating, even paralyzing part of the writing process: getting started. You’ll learn about the “planning fallacy” and “temptation bundling.” You’ll get a chance to experiment with “freewriting” and “writing before you are ready.” And you’ll continue to benefit, through our ongoing “Good Sentences” and “Takeaways” segments, from the models and advice of a diverse set of writers.

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As with the other three courses in this series, you will also get access to a wide range of books and other resources you can use even after you finish the course. These include:

—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

—two digital libraries of excellent writing from a diverse collection of journalists, scientists, novelists, poets, historians, and entrepreneurs.

—a monthly “Good Sentences” email


Course 3 of 4 in the Good with Words: Writing and Editing Specialization.


WHAT YOU WILL 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


Syllabus


WEEK 1

The Fantasy of the Uninitiated

In this first week, we will focus on the cost of perfectionism.


WEEK 2

The Planning Fallacy

This week, we'll focus on "the planning fallacy" and ways to make sure you hit your deadlines.


WEEK 3

Write Before You Are Ready

This week, we will focus on how drafting and researching intertwine.


WEEK 4

To Name is To Know and Remember

This week, we will focus on the benefits of naming things, especially when trying to improve skills like writing and editing.



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