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Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 2, you will be able to: Spot when you are about to fall into the “planning fallacy” Build helpful slack and flexibility into your long-term …

About Good with Words: Writing and Editing Series

Welcome to “Writing and Editing: Drafting,” the third course in the four-course Good with Words: Writing and Editing series. This series of courses targets the writing side of that recommendation. …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 4, you will be able to: Embrace the power of naming things See how it can be good if your “pencils outlast your erasers” No …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 3, you will be able to: Practice “writing before you are ready” Understand how starting drafts early can make your research process more efficient See …

Write Before You Are Ready

Consider revisiting Richard Posner’s How I Write essay published in Scribes Journal for Legal Writing in 1993. When you are ready to move on, click Next.

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 1, you will be able to: Develop personalized defaults Experiment with temptation bundling Embrace the idea of a “sh@*ty first draft” Increase your comfort with …

Course Syllabus

Professor Patrick Barry is a clinical assistant professor and the director of digital academic initiatives at the University of Michigan Law School. His teaching and research focus on creating a …

Punctuation and Professionalism: Semicolons

For more on semicolons: Read The Most Feared Punctuation Mark on Earth (The Oatmeal, 2020) Listen Divide and Conquer (Revisionist History Podcast, 2018) Some people have helpfully flagged an error …

Introduction

If needed, take some time to review the first two courses in this series:  Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order Writing and Editing: Structure and Organization Otherwise, click …

Teaching Style + Resources

Teaching Style My approach to teaching focuses on three things: Creating an engaging conceptual vocabulary people can use and share. Providing plenty of opportunities for low-stakes practice. Helping people apply …