English 305 is a course for students who expect writing to play a significant role in their professional and/or civic lives. We’ll focus on developing your writing, your control of your processes and strategies, and your understanding of practices, theory, research, and resources related to writing.
Much of what you learn will be by doing, so there will be many writing projects and activities. Along with the work of writing, we will also study about writing through readings, discussions, and activities. Through your writing as well as through our “meta” work about writing, we will explore a few deceptively simple questions:
In order for you to develop thoughtful, informed answers to these
questions, I will regularly ask you to share and discuss your in-process and
polished work and to participate in small group activities. Our work toward
answering the course questions should inform your understanding of writing
at applied, theoretical, and evaluative levels. Upon completion of English
305, you should be able to (1) demonstrate your knowledge about writing
through practice and reflection, (2) offer in-depth answers to the focus
questions, and (3) critique and respond constructively to writing that you
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Updated January 9, 2012