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Intermediate course in expository writing (nonfiction that describes, informs, and persuades) emphasizing rhetorical choices for varying audiences and purposes. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Jenny Grosvenor ()
Dates: May 18 - June 12, 2015
Tell all the Truth but tell it Slant. ~ Emily Dickinson COURSE DESCRIPTION: This nonfiction composition course will challenge you, as writer, to establish in your writing a unique voice and definitive purpose, remaining sensitive to audience and discerning in your use of rhetorical appeals and devices, including point of view. On this writing journey, you will venture within and beyond yourself to explore the intersections of memory and imagination and the divergence of the emotional and the factual?in a myriad of forms, always with one ultimate focus: to expose the truth. From the reflective to the research-based, the personal narrative to the persuasive essay, this semester?s writing endeavors will encourage, inspire, and require your choosing the most effective and creative writing approaches to topics?paying attention and making connections. You will think visually, expansively, minutely, and critically, about writings and readings, others? (studying models as imitation, from the earliest forms of the essai through contemporary nonfiction), your peers?, and your own. Critical reading, peer workshops, classroom discussions, and instructor conferencing are integral components. Most essential to this course: Trust the process.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Three Writing Projects, and a Final ?Revision? Project Weekly entries in a Writer?s Notebook: observations, contemplations, freewrites, double-entry responses, and critiques of readings Class participation, active listening and responsiveness, in-class writing exercises (via online Discussion Board) Dynamic involvement in small-group peer-response workshops (online)
GRADING CRITERIA: Three Writing Projects, including all ?Try Its? and drafts: One=10%; Two=20%; Three=20% Online Writer?s Notebook, reading responses: 10% Online Class presence and participation, including peer workshops: 20% End-of-term Writing Project/Workshop: 20%
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