Writing and Editing - Drafting, Certificate | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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This Writing and Editing - Drafting offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Michigan is part of the Good with Words: Writing and Editing Specialization. 

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This third course Writing and Editing - Drafting in the “Good with Words: Writing and Editing” series offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Michigan 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. 

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

What you will learn during the Writing and Editing - Drafting offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Michigan 

  • 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Fantasy of the Uninitiated
  • The Planning Fallacy
  • Write Before You Are Ready
  • To Name is To Know and Remember

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Beginner Level

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