This week-long workshop will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections. As you write and receive feedback daily, you’ll learn not only about purpose, revision, and style, but also about writing as a means of exploring, learning, figuring out a problem, and communicating your ideas to the world.
Over the course of this week-long class, students will:
• Draft, revise, and complete a personal essay;
• Practice close-reading techniques as a means of recognizing strategies for use in their own writing;
• Explore the relationship between form and content through a variety of reading and writing activities;
• Familiarize themselves with a range of prewriting techniques, including brainstorming, freewriting, clustering, and outlining, by utilizing each during their own essay writing project;
• Respond to the work of their peers during guided peer feedback sessions.
Based on Brown's popular "Critical Reading and Writing: The Academic Essay," this course, is one of the three writing courses offered in Summer@Brown that together focus on the three core elements of this first year, undergraduate writing course: self-expression (Putting Yourself Into Words); responsive writing (Writing the Expository Essay); and research, analysis and argumentation (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." Students may take a single one of these writing courses, or any two, or all three, and may take them in any order that suits their schedule.
Putting Yourself Into Words (one week) explores the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections.
Writing the Expository Essay (two weeks) models college-level, expository writing; after analyzing primary texts, students write an argument in response to them, correctly incorporating paraphrases and quotations.
Composing the Academic Essay (three weeks) stresses observation, investigation, and argument through close reading, evaluation and analysis of academic sources, developing an argument, and writing a research paper.
Prerequisites: A proven facility with the English language, including grammar, and some confidence as a writer.
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