This course is designed as an essay writing workshop. The backbone of the course will be a series of compact take-home writing assignments—approximately one per class meeting. We will read, critique, and rewrite our own and each other’s works with an eye toward clarifying both the sense and the style of our writing. We will undertake, in short, a continual and intensive flow of reading, writing, critiquing, and rewriting.
Students will practise important essay writing skills, including brainstorming ideas, forming a thesis statement, creating an essay outline, structuring a paragraph, crafting an engaging introduction and a satisfying conclusion, respecting basic rules of style, crediting sources and avoiding plagiarism, and giving and receiving constructive feedback.
This course will introduce a broad spectrum of essay writing styles and purposes, including, with some overlap, narrative or expressive essays, expository or informative essays, and persuasive essays.