How to Write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty

with Jon Hersey

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.

Here’s what past participants have had to say about the course:

“I wish I could have taken this course decades ago. I absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in writing.” —Mike

“It was just a month ago that I decided to give writing a shot, see if its something I’d be interested to pursue. I never thought that a month later I would wind up with a published article! I’m so grateful to you for helping me through the editing process, I learned so much.” —Maggie

“I definitely recommend the course to anyone who publishes (or wants to publish) their writing; it’s super helpful and my writing will be better for it.” —Angel

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.


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.

Morning Course Schedule

  • Session 1 LIVE on Nov. 3, 2020 @ 7:30am PT
  • Session 2 LIVE on Nov. 10, 2020 @ 7:30am PT
  • Session 3 LIVE on Nov. 17, 2020 @ 7:30am PT
  • Session 4 LIVE on Nov. 24, 2020 @ 7:30am PT

Evening Course Schedule

  • Session 1 LIVE on Nov. 3, 2020 @ 5:30pm PT
  • Session 2 LIVE on Nov. 10, 2020 @ 5:30pm PT
  • Session 3 LIVE on Nov. 17, 2020 @ 5:30pm PT
  • Session 4 LIVE on Nov. 24, 2020 @ 5:30pm PT

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 may require an additional half hour or more per week.

Course handouts and supplementary materials are delivered via email. The course has a dedicated forum on OSI’s website, where participants can post questions and chat with the instructors and other participants. Participants also have access to an exclusive OSI Courses group on Facebook.

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