ENGL 150
Expository Writing Spring 2025 (also offered Fall 2024)
Division I Writing Skills

Class Details

Writing clearly is the most important skill you can learn in college. Do you suffer from writer’s block? Do you receive consistent criticism of your writing without also learning strategies for how to improve? This course is for students who want to learn how to write a well-argued, intelligible essay that offers a complex interpretive argument based on close, critical analysis of texts. We will derive our method for mastering the complex art of writing from Atul Gawande’s bestselling book, The Checklist Manifesto. In addition to sharpening your skills in reading, note-taking and literary analysis, this class will give you tools for generating drafts, peer editing, revising, and polishing your writing. The readings for this course will be literary works, scholarly essays and nonfiction — mostly contemporary, and mostly American.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3596
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Requirements include active class participation (including peer-editing), drafts and revisions of four to five papers totaling at least 20 pages. Overall evaluation will include improvement and effort.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, especially students with demonstrated need for help with analytical writing
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: This course is devoted to the study of writing, focusing especially on expository essays. Four to five papers are assigned, totaling at least 20 pages. Special attention will be paid to drafts, revision and building peer editing skills. Regular, one-on-one meetings with professor will be encouraged.

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