Writing Seminar: Putting Yourself into Words
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
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.
These Writing Seminars, based on Brown's popular Critical Reading and Writing: The Academic Essay course, focus on its three core elements: self-expression; responsive writing; and research, analysis and argumentation. Students may take a single seminar or two or three seminars and in any order that suits their schedule.
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.