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Dr. Leah Zuidema

Dordt College, Spring 2012
TR 11:00-12:15 in CL 1302

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:

  • What is professional writing? What processes and strategies do experienced writers use to compose in professional genres? How do they learn to write in new genres and for new audiences, purposes, and situations?
  • What kinds of writing do people do in your profession? Why? How?
  • How do technologies shape writing practices? How can writers use technologies well?
  • When is professional writing “good,” and how do we know? Who decides?
  • How are ethics and biblical perspectives related to writing?
  • What can/should we do with or through our writing? And how can/should we respond to others’ writing? How are ethical and biblical perspectives related to professional writing?

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 encounter.

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