Writing and Editing: Understanding Structure and Organization


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You’ll learn in this course, Understanding Structure and Organization that the traditional advice to “Show, don’t tell” is incomplete and that skilled writers actually switch back and forth between showing and telling.

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About this Course

Writing and Editing: Understanding Structure and Organization will help you become an effective architect of information, both with your sentences and with your paragraphs. Another course that can help you have a broad understanding is “The Concept of Drafting

You’ll also learn more about the menu of time management techniques introduced in the first course of the series, including “deep work,” “studio time,” and “the Animal Farm Principle.” And as with the other three courses in this series, you will 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.

What Will You 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 Will Gain

  • Persuasion
  • Creativity
  • Writing
  • Time management
  • Editing

Syllabus

WEEK 1
5 hours to complete

Understanding Structure and Organization: Sentence Flow
In this first week, you will be introduced to instructor Patrick Barry and begin to learn about sentence flow and structure. In-video questions will direct you to content previously covered in the first course of this specialization.

9 videos (Total 14 min), 17 readings, 7 quizzes

WEEK 2
4 hours to complete

Understanding Structure and Organization: Corresponding Ideas in Corresponding Form
This week’s content will focus on how structure can be used to generate content.

8 videos (Total 11 min), 15 readings, 9 quizzes

WEEK 3
3 hours to complete

Understanding Structure and Organization: Show and Tell
7 videos (Total 11 min), 11 readings, 6 quizzes

WEEK 4
3 hours to complete

Understanding Structure and Organization: Paragraphing
7 videos (Total 10 min), 11 readings, 5 quizzes

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