3 University Lectures That Made Me a Better Writer

2. The Learning and Teaching of Writing by Harvard University

In this article, I will share three university lectures that I can guarantee will improve your writing and make you a better writer. And I believe they will change the way you look at the term “writing.”

There are thousands of articles that you can read on how to improve your writing. The reason for that is, any writing is subject to improvement. We are living in a world where nothing is perfect. Nothing. And that’s a beautiful thing if you ask me.


Because there will always be some room for improvement, which also means, there will always be a reason to do what you are doing. If we reach the perfectness level, we will get bored of things we are doing.

And writing is one of the best examples of this. Writing is one of the best things in this life. It is a superpower that everyone can have. It is a meditation that anyone can benefit from. It is an excellent way of leaving a mark on this universe. The list can go on.

There is no wrong way of writing. Which can also mean, there is no right way of doing it too. What matters at the end is the value within your writing — the value you give to your readers. The value you share with yourself. The value that has the potential of changing someone’s life. Improvement of writing comes to play in this part. The “how” of sharing valuable content through writing.

So far I tried to give some background infromation about writing. To keep this article simple, I will stop here and move to lectures. I will share the videos of the lectures with short descriptions under them. There will be three university lectures and one bonus video.

I learned a lot from them. Especially from the first one, “The Craft of Writing Effectively” by the University of Chicago. I found it so valuable that I decided to write this article and share my favorite video lectures with you. I hope you will find them insightful too.

Let’s begin.

1. The Craft of Writing Effectively

Lecture Description:

  • Instructor: Larry McEnerney
  • Institution: The University of Chicago Writing Program
  • Course Resource: Link

About the Instructor:

  • Larry McEnerney is the Director of University Writing Programs at the University of Chicago’s College. McEnerney consults throughout the world for writing and communications; his clients include universities, institutes, governments, law firms, and businesses. He is also President of the Board of Graduate Arts & Sciences at the College of William & Mary. He received his MA from the University of Chicago.¹

2. The Learning and Teaching of Writing

Lecture Description:

  • Speakers: Professor Steven Pinker and Visiting Professor Jill Abramson
  • Institution: The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), in collaboration with the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series
  • Presentation Resource: Link

About the Speakers:

  • Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He also conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations.
  • Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times. She was the first woman to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor, and Executive Editor. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and The American Philosophical Society.

3. Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Lecture Description:

  • Instructor: Brandon Sanderson
  • Institution: Brigham Young University (BYU)
  • Course Resource: Link

About the Instructor:

  • Brandon Sanderson is an author of epic fantasy and science fiction. He wrote consistently throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies, and by 2003 he had written twelve novels, though no publisher had accepted any of them for publication.²

Bonus — The Writing Process: Study Hall Composition

Lecture Description:

  • Instructor: Yumna Samie
  • Institution: Arizona State University (ASU) & Crash Course
  • Course Resource: Link

About the Instructor:

  • Yumna Samie is an experienced storyteller with a passion for education and digital media. Yumna initially found an interest in educational media through her own utilization of digital resources as a student. Yumna also works as a public speaking mentor for CommLabASU, where she mentors students both online and in-person on how to use their voice to speak on their passions.³

Last Words

Watching some video lectures will help you become a better writer. Learning is the first step. Next step is turning learning into an action. Show to the world how to write.

I want to end this article by reminding myself this: “There is no wrong or right way of writing. What matters at the end is the value within the writing.” Thanks,

I am Behic Guven, and I love sharing stories on creativity, programming, motivation, and life. Let’s Connect!

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