SWC 200 - New Media Writing
Section: 005 The Audio Essay: Remix and Creative-Nonfiction Approaches to the Podcast
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Course Note:
In this course students learn how to integrate new technologies into their writing. Depending on the specific topic, it incorporates a variety of media, including Power Point, websites, electronic portfolios, visual texts, blogs, podcasts, audio, and video. The emphasis of SWC 200, however, is not on the technologies themselves. Rather the course focuses on how writers can use rhetorical strategies to write effectively with new media.
Credits:
1
Other:
Minicourse
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Class Misc Info:
Meets 10/27/2010 – 12/13/2010. Drop/Add Deadline 11-09-10.
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In this course on the audio essay, students will learn how to compose and publish their own podcasts, using a mixture of music, sound effects, and narration. Because many students are already savvy at creating sonic environments with their iPods and smartphones, we will begin the course by working with music. How can the music playlist function as a kind of essay? Is it possible to tell a story or construct an argument using only music?

Using the creative nonfiction genre as a model, students will then write an original audio essay, which they will record and edit in a program like Garageband. By listening to audio essays historical and contemporary (from Orson Welles to Laurie Anderson to Ira Glass), students will learn effective techniques for pacing, audio layering, and balancing anecdote with reflection. Finally, students will consider whether they can enhance their audio essays by introducing visual elements, in the form of an audio slideshow.

SWC 200 - New Media Writing
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