101 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Professor Jenn Fishman
Course Title: Writing What We Know, 2001-2021
Fulfills English Major Requirement: Writing Practices and Processes requirement for ENGA and ENGW majors. Fulfills ENGL major Elective requirement.
Course Description: In this section of English 3210, we will take the 20th anniversary of 9/11 as the occasion for examining how writing shapes what we know, how we know it, and how we share our knowledge with others. In the first half of the semester, we will explore writing and knowing after September 11th, asking how different methods of writing research and different kinds of writing help us address questions about 9/11 and its aftermaths (e.g., how did college students experience 9/11, how did 9/11 become part of college culture as well as everyday life, how does 9/11 inform our lives today). The second half of the semester will be dedicated to hands-on research: Everyone will have the option of contributing to a collaborative class project or pursuing a project of their own (i.e., a scholarly essay, a documentary podcast or video, a teaching guide, a 'zine). Participants in this course should be prepared to read, talk, and write in a supportive environment about difficult topics, including violence, war, racism, terrorism, death, suicide, and loss.
Readings: Include the textbook Bad Ideas about Writing (online, free), Steal Like an Artist by August Kleon (online or hardcopy, approx. $20), and selections from the Stanford Study of Writing digital archive (online, free).
Assignments: Regular reading, writing, peer exchanges, and reflection; a multi-stage project developed over 8 weeks.
102 MWF 12:00-12:50 Professor Jenna Green Azab
Course Title: Multimodal Workshop
Course Description: This workshop-based course is designed to help you develop your habits and skills as a writer in a digital age. Writing now includes many forms of creation in multiple modes and genres. This course will introduce you to theories of rhetoric and writing, provide opportunities to experiment with new writing processes and practices, and help you create a portfolio of nonfiction writing in multiple genres.
We will analyze the ways writers compose texts by examining how meaning is constructed across genres through the use of text, images, sounds, and medium. The course is designed around the workshop method to allow frequent chances to write, revise, collaborate, and both give and receive feedback.
- Ball, Cheryl E., Jennifer Sheppard, and Kristin L. Arola Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects. Bedford/St. Martins, 2018.
- Your own writing and the reading and discussion of your classmates' writing
Assignments: Assignments include brief writing assignments, style exercises and active participation in peer review workshop, and a portfolio including 4 selections of revised, multi genre writing. Portfolios may be individualized to meet student goals, needs, and interests.