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Black Belt College Writing Skills

The Tools You Need for Every Paper You Write
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What Will I Learn?
Understand how to read and "attack" paper assignments
Use first, second, and third person appropriately
Learn strategies for integrating quotations without fear of plagiarism
Decide whether active or passive voice are appropriate for a given context.
Know how to avoid overgeneralizing.
Wow your professors with clear, correct academic writing.
Avoid common writing pitfalls.
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  • No prior knowledge necessary. Helpful to have your writing assignments handy.

Whether you are a native English speaker or an English language learner, a college student or a graduate student who needs a refresher, this course will help you master the essentials of academic writing. As a long-time writing professor and academic writing coach, I am excited to share the secrets of making your professors (and everyone else) happy to read your writing. I will coach you on how to read, understand, and respond appropriately to any academic writing assignment. We will look at common questions about the use of first person vs. third person and active vs. passive voice. You will learn to maximize your grades by minimizing common writing errors. The class is designed to pack a lot of learning into a short amount of time so that you can apply your skills to your very next assignment. Use the video lessons and custom workbook to hone your understanding and practice your skills. Best of all, the skills you learn in this class are applicable to every paper you write in college and will serve you well on the job or in applications. Join me for a fresh, fun look at academic writing.

Who is the target audience?
  • College or graduate students writing in English
  • Native speakers and English language learners
  • Anyone who wants to learn the essentials of academic writing
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 19 Lectures Collapse All 19 Lectures 01:04:16
Unit 1: Reading and Responding to Paper Assignments
2 Lectures 09:26

Please print workbook and use to complete exercises for each section.

Preview 01:04

Unit 2: Creating Meaningful Paragraphs
2 Lectures 07:11

Creating Meaningful Paragraphs Lesson
Unit 3: Writing Introductions
2 Lectures 06:01

The introduction is a unique genre that requires very specific skills. We will look at different expectations of the introduction and different ways to create one.

Writing Introductions Overview

Writing Introductions Lesson
Unit 4: Generalize Responsibly
2 Lectures 03:52

Making generalizations is necessary in academic work, but over generalizing weakens your arguments and credibility. Learn how to generalize responsibly using key phrases.

Generalize Responsibly Overview

Generalize Responsibly Lesson
Unit 5: I, You, They: First, Second, Third Person
2 Lectures 07:46
Unit 5 I, You, They: First, Second, and Third Person Overview

Unit 5 I, You, They: First, Second, and Third Person Lesson
Unit 6: Using Quotations Effectively
2 Lectures 10:11

All academic work is a dialogue with other thinkers and quotations are one of the main ways we engage with other texts in our writing. Learn how to incorporate quotes responsibly and without risk of plagiarism.

Using Quotations Effectively Overview

Using Quotations Effectively Lesson
Unit 7: Rookie Mistakes You're Not Gonna Make
2 Lectures 09:07

Common grammar, spelling, and punctuation are a dead give-away that you're a beginner. Clean up your act with this quick easy refresher on basic rules.

Rookie Mistakes You're Not Gonna Make Overview

Unit 7: Rookie Mistakes You're Not Gonna Make Lesson
Unit 8: Using Active and Passive Voice
2 Lectures 07:38
Unit 8: Active and Passive Voice Overview

Unit 8: Active and Passive Voice Lesson
Unit 9: Why You Should Reread Your Work
2 Lectures 02:53
Reread Your Work Overview

Reread Your Work Lesson
Wrap Up and Ready to Roll
1 Lecture 00:11
Unit 1 Wrap Up and Review
About the Instructor
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Academic Writing Consultant

My passion is helping graduate students and faculty use writing to express their scholarly interests. Nearly all scholarly projects are grounded in writing, yet writing is rarely explicitly taught at advanced levels. My personal and professional mission is to make excellent writing instruction and coaching available to graduate student and faculty writers. I consult with individuals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad to support scholarly writing. I did my undergraduate work at Reed and Lewis & Clark Colleges and earned my Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University. You can find more about my work online.

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