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Publisher's Summary

If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, a new way to explain how something works, or an opinion on a social or political issue, then you have an essay in you. Unlike a novel, history book, or scientific publication, essays provide you with the versatility to express all the various facets that make you you. The concise and direct nature of an essay means that you may tap in to your sense of wit, share your individual point of view, persuade others to your perspective, and record a part of your memories for future generations in as many distinct essay forms as you wish. The essay is, above all else, one of the most profoundly personal outlets for writing.
Discover the keys to unlocking your potential in essay writing with Becoming a Great Essayist. These 24 illuminating lectures explore numerous genres or types of essays, challenge you with stimulating writing prompts, and provide insights into how to get to know yourself like never before so that you may write honest, compelling, and great essays. And because essays are so flexible in their style and function, the skills you build writing great essays may be applied to almost all other forms of writing.
While the goal of this course is to provide you with fundamental abilities that will improve your essays, the skills you will learn also provide a foundation to develop any writing project you undertake. This is an unrivalled opportunity to advance your critical and creative thinking skills, enhance your ability to master a strong and persuasive style, and, most importantly, get to know your own inner voice.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2016 The Great Courses
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2 out of 5 stars
By K. Hanna on 05-26-17

Difficult to listen to this author

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black?

I have and will continue to order The Great Courses books. Would not try another from Jennifer Cognard-Black.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

The author to me seems pretentious and condescending. Her views and thoughts about things outside of writing are quite ignorant and irritating and best left out of this book.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By CB_1975 on 03-30-17

For person who likes to journal

This book is for someone who writes personal essays, in a journal, or possible wants to write a biography. If this is your focus, it is a good book.

This book will not help with professional writing, grammar, or style.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cat on 09-13-16

Excellent - both delivery & content

I am a writer - albeit untrained bar years of experience - by trade. I am always keen to learn more and see where I can 'cross pollinate ' information. This Great Course was so broad but uniquely informative that not only did I find I could take much with me on my own journey but I found a new appreciation for Essays.
Down to earth, well explained, with great examples, it made both listening and learning an effortless pleasure.
Highly recommended!

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14 of 16 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-11-18

Too much indulgent waffle. Lost interest early.

Just could not warm up to this. lots of words but not much of it seemed to be about actually writing an essay. Gave up on it early. Maybe there's more pertinent teaching later on but I lost the will to find out.

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