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The writing and rhetoric immersion is ideal for students interested in reading a variety of genres and writing for a variety of audiences. Genres covered include science writing, creative non-fiction, worlds of writing, and written argument.
Choose three of the following:
Worlds of Writing
Creative Nonfiction Workshop
This course is for students who want to understand and experiment with the genre of creative nonfiction and to add to their skills as a creative writer. In this intensive workshop students will explore the use of I as a guide, seek the extraordinary within the ordinary, and find the story within the facts. Reading/reflection and writing/revision will be emphasized all semester. The focus will be on the creation of several essays and the experimentation with style and subcategories of this fourth genre. Ongoing work will be discussed with peer editors, which will not only help students rethink their work but teach them to become better editors. Through reading and discussion they will see their own writing in a larger context. Weekly group critiques will provide the opportunity to give and receive helpful feedback.
Study of and practice in writing about science, environment, medicine and technology for audiences ranging from the general public to scientists and engineers. Starts with basic science writing for lay audiences, emphasizing writing strategies and techniques. Also explores problems of conveying highly complex technical information to multiple audiences, factors that influence science communication to the public, and interactions between scientists and journalists. The course examines new opportunities for covering science (especially on the internet), important ethical and practical constraints that govern the reporting of scientific information, and the cultural place of science in our society.
This course will focus on academic writing specifically, the arguments presented in different fields and professions about issues of significance. Students will learn about the rhetorical, ethical, emotional, historical and logical elements of persuasion as they relate to written and visual arguments and they will practice making claims, providing evidence, exploring underlying assumptions and anticipating counter-arguments as they relate to different audiences. In addition to argument analyses, students will develop arguments of their own through inquiry-based essays.
Writing the Self and Others
Rhetoric of Science
Introduction to Creative Writing
This course gives students the opportunity to write in different creative genres such as fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. In producing a portfolio, students will learn concrete elements of craft and techniques of improvisation to generate creative work. The course uses readings, peer feedback, workshops, and collaborative brainstorming to develop and refine texts for the printed page and beyond.