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About Good with Words: Writing and Editing Series

Welcome to “Writing and Editing: Structure and Organisation,” the second course in the four-course Good with Words: Writing and Editing series. This series of courses targets the writing side of …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 4, you will be able to: Spot when it is time to split a big paragraph into two paragraphs that are more reader friendly Experiment …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 3, you will be able to: Understand why “show, don’t tell” isn’t always the best advice Structure your writing in a way that doesn’t overwhelm …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 2, you will be able to: Put corresponding ideas in corresponding forms Fix agreement issues Make clever distinctions using the “nifty not” Add nuance to …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 1, you will be able to: Put the proper amount of old information in your sentences, particularly at the beginning of them Put the proper …

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 …

Introduction

If needed, take some time to review the first course in this series: Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order. Otherwise, click Next to move ahead.

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 …