English 101 Section B21. Writing About Our World, Our Voices
In ENG 101, we will explore writing as a process. This course is designed to not only give you fundamental tools for writing in an academic setting, but also to examine the idea of writing as a process from the seed of an idea all the way through an extensive revision. To this end, as a class, we will be working together to gain a deeper understanding of written work and the methods used to take a work from merely an idea to a piece of polished writing. Throughout this course, you will become aware of the ways in which you write and pay increased attention to how you are using structure, language, and style to convey your ideas. We will consider all aspects of texts and the way in which they combine as a whole.
As a class we will read essays and articles concerned with culture, identity, gender, and race, and new media. We will consider the larger social implications of these texts and their ideas, and you will examine your own position amid the conversation, and where that position arises from, coming to a more critical consciousness of your identity and the factors which inform it. As individuals, you will also generate a lot of the material we investigate in class through outside texts you bring in and also the writing you produce.
Throughout the semester we will write extensively. The only way to improve as a writer is to do just that – write! So in this course you will be asked not only to hand in formal papers, but also practice your writing through in-class exercises, work in a class blog, writing in peer reviews, and more. The culminating assignment for this course will be a writing project on a topic of your choice.
By delving into the writing process and being entirely immersed in it, you will greatly strengthen your technical skills as a writer, and more importantly become a confident, interested writer with something to say and the means to say it.