Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
English

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English 101 Section A12. Writing About Writing

What’s in a name? Or a word? Does it matter of we refer to a group of women as “guys”? Or if the Pentagon describes the invasion of a country as a “predawn vertical insertion”? We’ll pursue these questions, along with others that you pose, as we explore critical issues related to written and visual communication. Through this class, we’ll explore how writing helps us to discover, invent, reflect and express ourselves as well as to communicate with different audiences. Readings may include “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”; “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” and “Calming the Inner Critic and Getting to Work.” In addition to reading critically, students will compose and revise three formal essays and one digital story. Peer reviews, reflective letters and full-class workshops form the backbone of the course. The writers provide its marrow.