Writing Seminar II: Writing About Media

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Course DatesMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNRegistration
June 15, 2020 - June 26, 20206/15 - 6/26M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenRithika Ramamurthy
June 15, 2020 - June 26, 20206/15 - 6/26M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenClaire Grandy
June 29, 2020 - July 10, 20206/29 - 7/10M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenDevon Clifton
June 29, 2020 - July 10, 20206/29 - 7/10M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenMichael Gastiger
July 13, 2020 - July 24, 20207/13 - 7/24M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenGoutam Piduri
July 13, 2020 - July 24, 20207/13 - 7/24M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenKatherine Preston
July 13, 2020 - July 24, 20207/13 - 7/24M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenStephen Marsh
July 27, 2020 - August 07, 20207/27 - 8/07M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenChristopher Yates
July 27, 2020 - August 07, 20207/27 - 8/07M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenChristina Gilligan

Course Description

This course is designed to teach you how to analyze texts and how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation within university-level writing. You will learn how to closely read primary texts in media—exploring a range of nonfiction, fiction, films and television, music, and/or other types of media—while also learning how to summarize arguments, evaluate and respond to critical sources, incorporate evidence and cite references, and employ a variety of rhetorical tools and strategies that will strengthen your arguments. The course meets the needs of writers at any level, from students who feel the need to strengthen their writing skills to those seeking the next challenge of university-level writing.

Students will study and practice the skills necessary for successful composition of expository essays in response to provided prompts and course materials. Working with the instructor, they will learn how to analyze texts, how to generate rigorous and nuanced responses, and how to interweave their arguments into an academic conversation. By developing students' abilities to analytically relate a series of sources to each other, this course will provide the fundamental groundwork for independent academic research at the college level.

Substantial feedback will be provided by both the instructor and the students’ peers as students develop their work through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting to revising and editing. The course aims to help students achieve greater scholastic success through developing critical thinking skills, creating academic arguments, employing various writing techniques, and incorporating sources.

This course focuses on one of the three core areas covered in Brown's popular course for undergraduates, "Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay:” self-presentation and writing letters of application (Presenting Yourself In Words); analysis within university-level writing (Writing About Media); and utilizing argumentation and evidence in a college research paper (Composing the Academic Essay). Taking all three courses effectively exposes students to the full range of writing taught in "Critical Reading and Writing: The Academic Essay." These courses have been designed in such a way that students may take a single one, or any two, or all three of these Seminars, and may take them in any order that suits their schedule.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students per section.

Writing Seminar I: Presenting Yourself In Words (one week) explores the balance between self-presentation and effective communication essential to writing powerful college admissions essays, personal narratives, and academic essays for the college level.

Writing Seminar II:Writing About Media (two weeks) teaches students to analyze and to craft expository writing for the university level; after close-reading primary texts in nonfiction, fiction, films and television, music, and/or other types of media, students write an argument in response to these texts, correctly incorporating paraphrases and quotations.

Writing Seminar III:Composing the Academic Essay (three weeks) guides students through the more in-depth process of writing a college-level research paper, teaching them the skills of close-reading, gathering evidence and evaluating scholarly sources, developing their own topics and organizing an argument, drafting an academic essay, undertaking substantial revision, and mastering the conventions of academic style and grammar.

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

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEL0983
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2020.

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