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Becoming a great essayist. Season 1 / Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black, St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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Great courses (DVD) ; no. 2521.

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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (24 video files (approximately 720 min.)) : sound, color.
  • Publisher: [United States] : The Great Courses : 2016.

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Episode 16 Epistolary Essay: Letters to the World Episode 17 Portrait Essays: People in Words Episode 20 Historical Essays: Past as Present Episode 21 Humor Essays Episode 8 When an Essayist's Feelings Face Facts Episode 6 Unreasonable Essayist: Strategic Irony Episode 11 Visual Essay: Words + Pictures Episode 14 Memoir Essay Episode 9 Unabashedly Me: The First-Person Essay Episode 13 Short Forms: Microessays and Prose Poems Episode 19 Polemical Essays: One-Sided Arguments Episode 2 Memory Maps and Your Essay's Direction Episode 3 Secrets, Confession, and a Writer's Voice Episode 22 Nature Essays Episode 7 Empathetic Essayist: Evoking Emotion Episode 23 Food Essays: My Grandmother's Recipe Box Episode 18 Essayist as Public Intellectual Episode 24 Sharing Your Essays: From Blog to Book Episode 4 Skeptical Essayist: Conflicting Views Episode 5 Reasonable Essayist: Artistic Proofs Episode 12 Writing Inch by Inch: From Draft to Polish Episode 10 Essayists as Poets: Tapping into Imagery Episode 15 Lyric Essays: Writing That Sings Episode 1 Steal, Adopt, Adapt: Where Essays Begin.
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Jennifer Cognard-Black, lecturer.
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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 into 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, allow you to get to know your own inner voice.
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Rated TVPG.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Essay > Authorship.

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