SWC 200 - New Media Writing
Section: 100 The Rhetoric of Blogging: Writing for an Invisible, Interactive Audience
Term: SP 2010
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
With permission of department.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This mini-course will teach students how to create a blog on the topic of their choice. We’ll begin by talking about the history of weblogs and by looking at some of the vast number that exist. We will investigate how text and image work together to create different tones and rhetorical strategies, and we’ll talk about writing well for the online audience, including blogging ethics, using links effectively, how to write stylish content that achieves a specific purpose, and how to think about the community a blog can create and the attention it can receive. You must be familiar with the web to take this class, but you don’t need any other specific technical expertise.

Students will update their blogs and will be graded on their writing skills. At the end of the course, you will submit a portfolio that will include your ten favorite blog posts and a 3-4 page self-evaluation that looks back on what you’ve created and analyzes some of the choices you’ve made. The portfolio will be graded based on your use of the writing skills discussed and practiced over the course of the semester and your thoughtfulness in approaching the assignments: 70% of your final grade comes from the writing you do, and 30% from your participation both in class and commenting on your classmates’ blogs.

SWC 200 - New Media Writing
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100 (SEM)
W 6:00PM - 8:00PM
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