Writing for College and Beyond
This course is no longer being offered.
Are you ready to start writing the way college students write? Challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you explore and experience writing as a form of inquiry, and a part of social conversation.
The first half of this course offers you the chance to think carefully about writing narrative prose, which is in effect a form of storytelling. Thus you begin the course thinking carefully about what matters to you and why, while writing in a form that resists conventional structures. The second half of the course focuses on academic writing: making a debatable claim and defending that claim through careful analytic reasoning using primary and secondary source texts. The challenge here is not simply to write with clarity and cohesion but to develop an interesting, engaging, and well-supported argument. Gaining fluency in these two modes will prepare you well for all manner of college and life writing.
• Develop a clearer, more confident approach to writing.
• Practice writing with a distinct voice.
• Arrive at an understanding of what it means to write well and why that matters.
• Learn to implement the writing processes for two lively, informative essays.
• Develop critical reading skills through the study of cultural and literary texts and student sample essays.
• Become versed in collegial discourse through group discussion, peer review, video recordings, and revision processes required of college writers.
Instructors vary by section to maintain small, writing workshop-style class sizes.
"The instructor always had the perfect comment that made you thnk and made you want to learn and take that next leap."
- Writing for College and Beyond student, Summer 2014
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Time commitment: To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on writing, revising, reading, and participating in discussions and other course activities.
Students will have access to this course one week before the official start date in order to complete a brief orientation.
Recommended prerequisite: none
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
• Skype, webcam, and microphone
• Word-processing tool that will allow you to save documents as either a .doc, docx, or .pdf
Supplementary materials: none