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Writing for College and Beyond

Four Sections Available to Choose From:

Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNEnrollment
June 28, 2017 - August 01, 20175OnlineOpenMolly Rice
July 05, 2017 - August 08, 20175OnlineOpenJoel Simundich
July 12, 2017 - August 15, 20175OnlineOpenKhristina Gonzalez
July 12, 2017 - August 15, 20175OnlineOpenChristopher Carr

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Course Description

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 engaging and well-supported argument. Gaining fluency in these two modes will prepare you well for all manners 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.
  • 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.

Writers in this course are expected to participate in reading and writing exercises, group discussions, peer revision workshops, and 3-4 virtual conferences. The pace of this course is at a college-level, so the workload requires you to spend approximately 10 hours reading, writing, and commenting spread throughout each week.

"I would say this course has been one of the better ones I have taken. The content was genuinely interesting, and I felt like I wasn’t just learning for the moment; I think that what I picked up on in this course will help me as I continue through life."

"I really like the direction this course took. It went beyond the guided writings; it was more about finding your own voice. Thus, I felt like I was able to explore into my writing instead of simply learning about writing. The course required a lot of critical thinking and it challenged me as a writer."
- Writing for College and Beyond students, Summer 2015

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Course Requirements:

Time commitment: The first week of your online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

The following week you will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself. 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 coursework.


  • Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, Brown's learning management system
  • Headphones, earbuds or speakers
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.)
  • Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Courses can also be accessed on tablets and mobile devices. These devices can be used as supplemental access points in order to complete most coursework.

Supplementary materials: none

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