Writing for College and Beyond
One Section Available to Choose From:
|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 09, 2014 - August 05, 2014||4||Online||Open||Douglas Brown||10615|
Are you ready to start writing the way college students write? Challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you explore 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 explores expository writing: making a debatable claim and defending that claim through careful analytic reasoning. The challenge here is not simply to write with clarity and cohesion but to develop an interesting, engaging argument. Gaining fluency in these two modes will prepare you well for all manner of academic and life writing.
* Develop a clearer, more confident approach to writing.
* Practice speaking from a distinct voice.
* Arrive at an understanding of what it means to write well and why that matters.
* Learn to write lively, informative essays.
* Develop critical reading skills through the study of cultural and literary texts.
* Become versed in collegial discourse through group discussion, peer review, and revision processes required of college writers.
This course was designed by Douglas Brown, Director of Brown University's Writing Center. Instructors of each section may vary to maintain small, writing workshop-style class sizes.
Fall and spring sessions are six weeks long, and require approximately five hours per week to complete coursework and assignments. The summer session is an intensive four-week course that requires approximately ten hours per week.
You will need the following to participate in this online course:
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
You might also be interested in: Composing the Academic Essay (on campus course), Writing the Analytic Essay (on campus course), Putting Yourself Into Words (on campus course)