Writing and Editing: Drafting

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Learn to start the writing process with workable drafts

This four-week course will arm you with the essential skills to help you tackle first drafts with confidence and turn them into effective written communication.

You’ll learn useful techniques to help you get started with your first draft – whether you’re tackling complex legal writing or you’re looking to improve your written communication.

Presented by the University of Michigan, this is the third course in the Good with Words: Writing and Editing series and follows the course on Structure and Organisation.

Gain insights into the cost of perfectionism in writing

The first thing you’ll learn is how perfectionism can sabotage even the best writing efforts. Once you understand this, you’ll take a closer look at the tools you need to get past this potential obstacle.

You’ll also find out all you need to know about the preparation you need to do before you start drafting, and about the principles you need to apply as you write.

See how closely drafting and researching intertwine

As you progress through the course and polish your writing skills, you’ll realise how closely related drafting and researching are.

With this understanding, you’ll see how rewarding and productive it can be to write before you feel completely ready.

Master this critical writing process stage with help from experts in the field

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by Patrick Barry, author and professor at The University of Michigan. You’ll also receive advice from a diverse set of writers to equip you with the skills to confidently tackle drafting.

What topics will you cover?

During this course, you’ll look at:

  • The fantasy of the uninitiated: the cost of perfectionism
  • The planning fallacy, and ways to make sure you hit your deadlines
  • Writing before you are ready: how drafting and researching intertwine
  • The benefits of naming things, especially when trying to improve writing and editing skills

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for law students, lawyers, and anyone else who would like access to high-level training in drafting as part of the written process.

Writing and Editing: Drafting

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