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Putting Yourself into Words

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Course Description

This week-long workshop will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections. As you write and receive feedback daily, you’ll learn not only about purpose, revision, and style, but also about writing as a means of exploring, learning, figuring out a problem, and communicating your ideas to the world.

Over the course of this week-long class, students will:

  • Draft, revise, and complete a personal essay;
  • Practice close-reading techniques as a means of recognizing strategies for use in their own writing;
  • Explore the relationship between form and content through a variety of reading and writing activities;
  • Familiarize themselves with a range of prewriting techniques, including brainstorming, freewriting, clustering, and outlining, by utilizing each during their own essay writing project;
  • Respond to the work of their peers during guided peer feedback sessions.


This course is part of a three-course series. Students may take one, two, or all three writing classes in any order. Each course focuses on distinct genres of writing typically contained in a first-year college writing course, and taken together they roughly constitute a typical full semester course in college level writing.

Putting Yourself Into Words (one week): Explores the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections.

Writing the Expository Essay (two weeks): Models college-level, expository writing; after analyzing primary texts, students write an argument in response them, correctly incorporating paraphrases and quotations.

Composing the Academic Essay (three weeks): Stresses observation, investigation, and argument through close reading, evaluation and analysis of academic sources, developing an argument, and writing a research paper.

You might also be interested in: Writing for College and Beyond (online course)