This course serves transfer and upper-division students who seek support to meet the expectations for writing in upper-level courses, and especially courses that meet LSA’s Upper-Level Writing Requirement. It addresses the writing challenges that students bring to the course, thereby providing immediate and direct assistance to upper-division student writers. Operating on a workshop and discussion format, it provides an opportunity to identify writing strengths and issues, set personal goals, and practice writing in a collaborative environment. The course uses the writing that students produce in other classes as the basis for workshops.
This C/NC, one-credit course will be focused on writing produced in other contexts. Grades are based on class attendance and engagement with the primary activities. First, Identify Writing Problem: To develop a language for talking about their own writing, students will be required to provide for each class session the specific writing problem(s) they are encountering in a given assignment. Second, Extensive Revision: Students who have difficulty with writing often confuse editing (fixing errors) with revising (reconceptualizing and significantly rewriting). Students will be required to revise their own writing regularly and extensively, focusing on individual elements of a paper, such as the thesis statement or use of evidence. Third, Critique the Writing of Peers: To become better readers and editors of their own writing, students will be required to participate in regular writing workshops with their peers, offering detailed written and verbal responses.
Transfer undergraduates and other upper-division undergraduates who feel less prepared for upper-level writing.
The class will meet weekly for one hour in a seminar format. It will primarily use a workshop and discussion format, with occasional and brief direct instruction on specific topics in writing.