How to Write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty Fall 2020

with Craig Biddle & Jon Hersey

6 hours total | 4 sessions, beginning September 8, 2020

Learn a step-by-step method for writing clear, compelling articles in defense of freedom (and for getting published in outlets such as The Objective Standard).

If you want to advance freedom with the written word, this course is for you. It presents a step-by-step method for identifying the key aspects of a given subject pertaining to liberty, boiling them down to essentials, and presenting them in clear, powerful prose.

You will learn:

  • How to organize and essentialize your thoughts
  • How to choose a topic and formulate a theme
  • How to create a simple, useful outline
  • How to concretize abstract ideas
  • How to build on readers’ existing knowledge and help them achieve a higher level of understanding.

The principles and practices taught in this course have been developed and used by writers and editors at The Objective Standard for fifteen years. They are tried and true. When you learn these methods and put them to work, your writing will improve by orders of magnitude.

Freedom is constantly under attack. And few writers defend it well. You can be one of the few. Take this course and join the fray. When you can write with clarity and impact, you can make a big difference.


Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle

Craig is cofounder and director of education at Objective Standard Institute, editor of The Objective Standardand executive director of Prometheus Foundation. He is the author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. Craig is currently working on his fourth book, “Thinking in Principles.”

Jon Hersey

Jon Hersey

Jon is a fellow and instructor at Objective Standard Institute and associate editor of The Objective Standard. His research and writing focus on intellectual history, specifically, the ideas on which freedom and flourishing depend. He has written many articles for TOS, including in-depth essays on John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Stark, William Wilberforce, and Rosa Parks. He works closely with both new and experienced writers, helping them to meet the bar for publishing in TOS.

Current Course & Session Schedule

  1. Sept. 8, 2020, 5:30–7:00pm PT
  2. Sept. 15, 2020, 5:30–7:00pm PT
  3. Sept. 22, 2020, 5:30–7:00pm PT
  4. Sept. 29, 2020, 5:30–7:00pm PT

Future Course Schedule

  • November 2020 (dates TBD)

How the Course Works

This course is interactive and discussion-driven, so enrollment is limited. Register early to secure your spot.

The course is held live on a video conferencing app called Zoom, which you can download for free here. Sessions are video recorded, so if you miss a session (or want to review), you can watch the recording.

The course is 6 hours long, consisting of 4 sessions of 1.5 hours each. Homework assignments are optional. Doing them may require an additional hour or more per week but will greatly enhance what you learn in this course.

Course handouts and supplementary materials are delivered via email. Course participants are invited to an exclusive OSI Courses group on Facebook, where they can post questions and engage in discussions with the instructor and other participants.

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