How To Write Better: The Clear, Concise, Effective You
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How To Write Better: The Clear, Concise, Effective You

Enhance written & spoken communication. Become effective in school & business. Write your way to success.
4.5 (27 ratings)
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Created by Shaun Leonard
Last updated 8/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Write anything better.
  • Impress prospective employers, or wow your professors into giving you the A-grade that you deserve.
  • Analyze any text— be it a novel, an e-mail, a memo, or a drunk text from your ex.
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Requirements
  • A commitment to expressing yourself more effectively.
  • A desire to avoid misunderstandings.
Description
  • This course is written and presented by an award-winning graduate school professor with 7 years' experience in writing improvement, editing, and teaching.

  • It has been recorded and produced on a studio quality level.

  • By enrolling in this course, you will get lifetime access to current content, as well as the ability to interact with me online via the teaching platform.

  • Watch our PREVIEW VIDEO to get a sense of what improvements you'll be making to your writing, and the way you communicate every day.

You read and write every day, but how often do you think about getting better at these two crucial skills? This course will provide you with the tips and lessons to improve your communication skills and succeed in school, business, and life.

This course is for everyone. Beginning with the building blocks of written communication, this course provides students and writers of all levels and experience with the tools to enhance the delivery and precision of their message, whatever that message may be. At the end of this course, you'll be better at writing EVERYTHING. From text messages to business e-mails, college essays to facebook posts, everyone will understand you better, and thank you for it.

Who is the target audience?
  • YOU - if you want to understand and to be understood.
  • People who want to get better grades in school – REGARDLESS of the class. (Ok, maybe this won’t help for Calculus, sorry dudes.).
  • Teachers
  • Entrepreneurs who communicate through the written word every day.
  • People on the hunt for a job who want to improve their written communication (for cover letters, for example).
  • Readers
  • Writers
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 40 Lectures Collapse All 40 Lectures 01:18:41
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The Building Blocks of Writing
9 Lectures 16:26

Here's a little bit about everything you'll need to know. Remember, communication is key.

Preview 01:12

How many sentences did you write today? Whether it's on your phone or in an e-mail, you need to understand the building blocks before you plan the Statue of Liberty.

Preview 03:09

School blues getting you down? Or have you always wondered why you didn't get better grades in Ms. McGraw's class? Here's some straight talk.

Preview 02:42

A strong start is half the work. Make your point immediately and concisely.

Preview 01:39

Here we discuss how to show people why you're the one to listen to.

Preview 00:43

This is how you analyze any kind of text.

Preview 01:43

Here's where I show you how to reinforce your ideas in your readers' minds, right at the end of a paragraph.

The P.E.A.R Method: Refer
03:01

Tie your writing up in a neat little bow. With a REAL understanding of the basics of writing you can improve any piece of communication dramatically.

Section 1: Conclusion (Where it all comes together)
01:11

Section 1
3 questions

Learn by Doing
01:06
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Rhetorical Situation
11 Lectures 20:22

We begin to discuss how to read and analyze anything, before or after somebody writes it.

Section 2: Intro
01:34

Write with purpose, live with purpose.

Purpose
01:42

You know who you're talking to, even if you've never met them. They're the people reading what you wrote.

Audience
02:50

No matter what it is being written, the writer always matters.

Author
01:41

Discover how to match your content with the appropriate method of delivering that content.

Text
02:22

What's the difference between text and genre?

Genre
02:51

Context is key. Communication is too, but, y'know, still.

Context
02:29

"Why now?" is a more important question than most people realize, and you should remember to always ask it.

Occasion
01:14

Let's recount what we know about the rhetorical situation, and why it's useful.

Section 2: Conclusion
01:50

Activity
00:57

Out in the World
00:51
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Writing Mistakes
10 Lectures 20:15

Be kind to your teacher, boss, and readers. Watch out for the most common writing errors.

Section 3: Intro
01:05

You'd be surprised how many people leap before looking.

Reading before Writing
02:31

Here are a few methods for organizing your thoughts so that they can best reach your target, the reader.

Planning before Writing
02:10

I promise this grammar lesson won't be boring. Much.

Grammar
03:45

"How should one speak?" is very different from "What kinda stuff should I say, innit?"

Informal / Formal Language
02:30

This lecture is a ball of inspirational fire, hurtling from the celestial heavens of the mind to shatter upon the... ground. The ground of your ears.

Awkward or Unnecessary Metaphors
01:45

This lecture? Let's just say you'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

Cliché
01:43

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO YOU'LL EVER SEE. INCLUDING CAT VIDEOS. EVEN THE ONE WHERE THE CATS TRYING TO GET INTO THE BOX AND EVENTUALLY IT DOES.

Hyperbole
01:57

Say what you want to say from get-go, not after you've lost your readers' attention.

Throat Clearing / Low Value Statements
01:40

Refresh your memory with some simple ways to write better. Hey! That's the name of the course!

Section 3: Conclusion
01:09

Section 3
7 questions
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Drafting / Editing
9 Lectures 19:41

One word, one line, one draft at a time.

Section 4: Intro
02:34

Easiste way to catch a spelling or punctuation mistake is to READ. ALOUD.

Reading Aloud
02:13

Word processors are useful tools. And like all tools, the better you understand them, the less chance they'll have to screw with you.

Spelling (Microsoft Word is not your friend)
02:57

This lecture describes one of the fastest and most useful methods of editing a piece of writing.

First and Last
01:51

Read, read, read. Do what you're told, so you can get to a position where you can do what you want.

Assignment
01:30

The first thing we see is the shape of things.

Formatting
02:54

Don't repeat yourself, or write the same thing twice. Even if the second time is phrased slightly differently.

Redundancy
01:48

Your communication should get clearer the more you tweak it to your own purpose and design.

Section 4: Conclusion
02:00

Activity
01:54
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What's Next?
1 Lecture 01:39

There's a lot more to do in this wide, weird world of ours. But it's worth doing.

Continued Learning
01:39
About the Instructor
Shaun Leonard
4.5 Average rating
27 Reviews
870 Students
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UNLV Professor, TEDx Speaker, Screenwriter, Cake eater.

Shaun Leonard -- Poet, Screenwriter, Professor.

I grew up in Galway, Ireland, right next to the country that invented the language we're both using right now. I studied Creative Writing, English Lit., and Philosophy in my undergraduate degree and then moved to Las Vegas to undertake a 3-year Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. I have written plays and poems that I've performed on two continents. As a poetry Grand Slam champion, an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, and a film and television critic, I am anything but shy.

I took this loquacious confidence across the Atlantic Ocean to America, where I've spent the past years studying, tutoring, and teaching others writing. I've taught basic composition classes as well as specialized creative writing modules. I have logged countless hours as a writing center consultant. I've participated and led dozens of writing workshops where authors are provided insightful feedback as they continue the process of pitching, creating, and drafting the stories that matter most to them. Even though the mediums of expression may change, the main focus of my instruction is always the same. I strive to teach others to communicate better by expressing themselves more effectively, and understanding others more fully.

I am a member of Mensa and a member of Team Las Vegas, a group dedicated to programming and producing community building events in Las Vegas, NV. Our end goal is to put on Las Vegas' first citywide TEDx event. As a former TEDx speaker I know how important it is to be able to shape a message and send it out into the world. I am an instructor, and I'm here to help.