Master writing by writing mindfully
What you'll learn
- Tips to improve your writing
- How to have a positive and mindful attitude in writing and in life
- The benefits of mind wandering (really!)
- How to overcome writer's block
- Concrete tips for improving your writing style
- Access to a word-processing software
- Patience (no one becomes a good writer over-night!)
What is this course about?
This is an unconventional course. I take a different approach to teaching writing skills. Sure, you can memorize a bunch of grammar rules and fancy-sounding words; you can read the classic writing style guides. Those are good uses of your time, and obviously you need a decent grasp of grammar. But memorizing rules and words won't make you a better writer.
I've read tons of style books and websites, and took several writing courses in university. And what did I learn? I learned that all good advice on being a better writer is basically the same, except no one says it in a straight forward way. So let me spare you the time and effort: Good writing comes from mindful writing.
What is mindful writing? It's basically taking principles of mindfulness and applying them to writing and editing. I take a psychological and experiential approach to becoming a better writer. I think this is much more fruitful than taking a purely technical/academic approach. That's because I believe that being a good writer comes from having the right mindset. And that mindset is what I focus on in this course.
What will you learn in this course?
You will learn about mindfulness and acceptance and how to apply these to your writing. You will learn different kinds of mind wandering and how the right style of mind wandering can promote creative problem-solving. You will learn how to deal with writer's block. And you will learn concrete tips along with real examples of improving sloppy writing.
Why is the instructor qualified to teach this?
I've published four books (and am working on two more right now!) and over 100 research articles. I've received praise for my clear and easy writing style for decades. And several of my teachers when I was a kid told me I should be a writer when I grow up ;)
Who this course is for:
- Yeah, anyone, really
I am a neuroscientist (brain scientist) and associate professor at the Radboud University in the Netherlands. I have an active research lab that has been funded by the US, German, and Dutch governments, European Union, hospitals, and private organizations.
But you're here because of my teaching, so let me tell you about that:
I have 20 years of experience teaching programming, data analysis, signal processing, statistics, linear algebra, and experiment design. I've taught undergraduate students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and full professors. I teach in "traditional" university courses, special week-long intensive courses, and Nobel prize-winning research labs. I have >80 hours of online lectures on neuroscience data analysis that you can find on my website and youtube channel. And I've written several technical books about these topics with a few more on the way.
I'm not trying to show off -- I'm trying to convince you that you've come to the right place to maximize your learning from an instructor who has spent two decades refining and perfecting his teaching style.
Over 120,000 students have watched over 7,500,000 minutes of my courses. Come find out why!
I have several free courses that you can enroll in. Try them out! You got nothing to lose ;)
By popular request, here are suggested course progressions for various educational goals:
MATLAB programming: MATLAB onramp; Master MATLAB; Image Processing
Python programming: Master Python programming by solving scientific projects; Master Math by Coding in Python
Applied linear algebra: Complete Linear Algebra; Dimension Reduction
Signal processing: Understand the Fourier Transform; Generate and visualize data; Signal Processing; Neural signal processing