Writing and Editing: Drafting

Writing and Editing: Drafting Certificate

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – Writing and Editing: Drafting


  • Understand and reflect on the cost of perfectionism in writing

  • Conduct a “pre-mortem” before starting a writing draft

  • Identify summaries and scenes

  • Apply the “nothing else” and “need to know” principles

About this course

This third course in the “Getting Well With Words: Writing and Editing” series will provide you with a series of strategies to help you through what is often the most terrifying and even paralyzing part of the writing process: getting started.

You will learn about the “planning fallacy” and the “temptation mix.” You will have the opportunity to experiment with “free writing” and “writing before you are ready.” And you will continue to benefit from our usual segments of good deals and conclusions, using models and advice from a wide variety of authors.

As with the other three courses in this series, you will also have access to a wide range of books and other resources that you can use even after completing the course. This includes:

  • (1) readings and exercises provided to students who have taken the full-time version of this course at the University of Michigan and Chicago;
  • (2) two electronic libraries of excellent letters from a variety of journalists, scholars, writers, poets, historians, and business people;
  • (3) Monthly email of good deals.

University of Michigan

Boris Kisov


Innovation, IT & Management

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