ENGL 102
Intensive Expository Writing Workshop Winter 2020
Division I Writing Skills
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This course allows students who need to make up a deficiency to do so over January term. The course totals the same number of class hours as a full semester plus a winter study, which is a lot–three hours a day, five days a week over four weeks. I also will require six or so writing assignments, with mandatory revisions. This is an English class, which means we will also be reading a lot of short stories. Some, but not all, of the assignments will consist of literary interpretations or analysis. The stories we read will be science-fiction stories, which tend to involve the same technical problems as expository essays: they include an unusual burden of exposition, and an explicit or implied thesis, often one of each. Because of this, they will also provide structural models for us, under the guiding principle that your essays can benefit from learning basic storytelling techniques: how to hook the reader, how to build suspense, how to handle exposition, how to provide a satisfying conclusion–in short, how to make your writing interesting.
The Class: Format: seminar
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Prerequisites: permission of a dean
Enrollment Preferences: students who need to make up a deficiency
Unit Notes: This course is designed to count for both full semester and Winter Study credit. Once a dean approves enrollment, the Registrar's Office will register students in both ENGL 102 and ENGL 41.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.

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