SWC 100 - Writing Practicum
Section: 006
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Credits:
2
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Welcome to Writing Practicum. In this class, we'll study the basic building blocks of expository prose, in preparation for the types of academic writing that will be expected of you at the University of Michigan. Matters of organization, voice, and logical development of a thesis will be paramount, and we will develop these skills through a range of methods: readings, discussions, writing exercises, peer critiques, and formal essays. Because writing is an organized way of thinking, we will study the process by which one becomes organized on the page, through pre-writing, drafting, and revision. You will be evaluated by your participation in class, attendance, diligence in revision, and quality of the final drafts of essays. Your writing assignments, and the related readings, will concern different ways one constructs argument, including comparison, persuasion, and definition. We will take writing assignments in a very detailed manner, covering (and re-covering) issues such as thesis statements, paragraph development, transitions, using outside sources in your work, and conclusions. This course is geared to provide an environment in which you can become more familiar with writing at the college level without the worry of letter grades, and I encourage you to take this opportunity to stretch your rhetorical wings, try new approaches, and take risks. That said, I will expect much of you, and hope that you will rise to the challenge. Class time will be a combination of discussion, workshopping each other’s work, group exercises, and the occasional short lecture. In addition, there will be mandatory one-on-one conferences, in which you work closely with me throughout the semester to focus on the specific challenges each of you face as writers. In these conferences, we will discuss each of your papers at different stages, in order to put into practice the idea that writing is, again, a detailed process from start to finish, and one that can be interesting and fun. The required texts for this course are The St. Martin’s Handbook, published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, as well as a dictionary. There will also be a coursepack of readings that you will have to buy from Dollar Bill copying. I look forward to working with you this autumn!

SWC 100 - Writing Practicum
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