Becoming a Great Essayist : The Great Courses: Writing

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black
  • Series: The Great Courses: Writing
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Lecture

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Expected a Cookbook and got a Minecraft Guide

Imagine buying an Italian Cookbook, then when talking about pasta suddenly the author starts spouting about Minecraft, crafting and best strategies, then challenges you to use your new knowledge to craft a Penne Alfredo.

This was my experience with this Course. Expecting writing and formatting tips I got scolded for being racist, sexist and a slaver, even if I don't live in the US. I learned some tips on essays and writing in general, but had to endure lectures about how slavery is bad, then how Aristotle (a guy who defended slavery) had the moral high ground when writing.

It is distracting and certainly not what I expected, you might find some things useful here, but it's just a small fraction of the book, if you want unadultered writing advice from experts, go listen to "Writing Excuses" a Podcast with authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells and Mary Robinette Kowall.
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- Guillermo


My mind tended to wander quite a bit during the whole book. Good info just not engaging.
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- S. Mills

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2016
  • Publisher: The Great Courses