The Power of the Personal Essay For Persuading People
MP4 | Video: AVC 1280x720 | Audio: AAC 44KHz 2ch | Duration: 1 Hours | Lec: 9 | 1.04 GB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English
Learn How to Write More Effective Blog Posts, Newspaper Columns, and Admissions Applications

Blog posts, newspaper columns, and admission applications can often be quite lifeless, abstract, vague and thus ineffective in persuading anyone about anything.

Yet great changes in people's thinking and behavior can occur with persuasion done right, particularly in writing.

If you want to change people's opinions in the online public sphere and get them to act in new ways, you must include rhetorical elements and take on approaches that I describe in detail in this course.

Incorporate those elements in the personal essay - and avoid logical problems listed in the lectures - and you can make your writing more powerful.

In this course, you'll learn:

How a personal essay is nothing like an academic school paper;
The roles of Cultural Observer and Activist common to almost all personal essays;
Three rhetorical devices that - when combined - can influence people profoundly;
Ways to identify and remove logical problems from your arguments;
How to see and break down false assumptions in your opponent's arguments; and,
The basics of an admissions essay.
This course is useful for anyone looking to improve the impact of his or her writing, particularly on the Internet.