This course is designed to improve your essay-writing skills. We will try to figure out how to write effective college essays in an assortment of disciplines, and get away from the one-size-fits-all template you remember from high school. We will learn how to write introductions that grab you, exposition that thrills you, climaxes that fill you with suspense, and conclusions that feel both surprising and inevitable. We will also read short stories in this class, both as source material for analysis and interpretation, and for story-telling techniques that we can steal. There will be weekly writing assignments, leading up to a twelve- to twenty-page final project.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: 4 or 5 papers totaling at least 20 pp.; evaluation partly based on improvement and effort
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, especially students with demonstrated need for help with analytical writing
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;