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Writing Seminar: Putting Yourself into Words

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 20, 2016 - June 24, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenSarah Osment10269
June 20, 2016 - June 24, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AWaitlistedSteven Swarbrick10043
June 27, 2016 - July 01, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AWaitlistedSteven Swarbrick10136
June 27, 2016 - July 01, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenMichael Gastiger10263
July 11, 2016 - July 15, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AWaitlistedDorin Smith10137
July 11, 2016 - July 15, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenMichael Gastiger10266
July 11, 2016 - July 15, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenDashiell Wasserman10264
July 18, 2016 - July 22, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AWaitlistedDorin Smith10138
July 18, 2016 - July 22, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenDashiell Wasserman10267
July 25, 2016 - July 29, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenAaron Apps10690
July 25, 2016 - July 29, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenPeter Kim10270
August 01, 2016 - August 05, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenPeter Kim10271
August 01, 2016 - August 05, 20161M-F 8:30A-11:20AWaitlistedAaron Apps10262

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.


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.

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