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Putting Yourself into Words

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

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 rhetorical strategies for use in their own writing;
Explore the mutually constitutive 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.

This course is part of a three course series, which includes Putting Yourself Into Words (one week), Writing the Analytic Essay (two weeks) and Composing the Academic Essay (three weeks). Each course focuses on a distinct genre of writing typically contained in a first year college writing course: the personal essay, in which you introduce an original argument on literature, film, or art into a broader scholarly conversation; the analytic essay, in which you are provided the material or resources and asked to write in response to them; and the academic essay, in which you are tasked to develop a thesis, locate the resources, and make your case. Courses can be taken in any order.

Suggested prerequisite: a proven facility with the English language, including grammar, and some confidence as a writer.

You might also be interested in: Writing for College and Beyond (online course)