Writing for the Liberal Arts
This course is intended to help you practice drafting and revising papers and to introduce you to the conventions of college-level academic writing, including critical reading, analysis, argumentation, and engagement with other writers' ideas and texts. Reading and writing assignments vary, but all sections of Writing for the Liberal Arts require at least fifteen pages of revised prose, multiple drafts and revision, peer workshops, and individual instructor conferences.
So that we can work together most effectively as a class, our readings and writings will center around a common theme: remix—the quotation and layering of existing materials (words, visuals, sounds) to produce something new. We'll write about individual remixes—stories, videos, mash-ups—but we'll also examine the value of remix as a way of thinking about academic writing.
We'll be focusing on two sets of writing conventions: formal conventions—matters of words, sentences, paragraphs—but also what we might call intellectual conventions:
- learning to handle complex academic texts;
- analyzing and evaluating argumentation and evidence;
- understanding and reproducing the conventions of academic discourse;
- investigating the disciplinary assumptions that underlie those conventions;
- identifying and generating useful topics and questions for academic inquiry;
- entering the written conversations that characterize scholarly work.
The course requires you to think critically about your own writing and to discuss and practice writing as a process that involves planning and revising, not just panicky night-before-it's-due typing. No two people write, or approach writing, in exactly the same way; this class is intended to help you figure out what works for you.
- Lawrence Lessig, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
- Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein, They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing , 2nd edition
- Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers, A Writer's Reference, 7th edition
- materials on electronic reserve
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