ENGLISH 425 - Advanced Essay Writing
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Literature, Writing, and Sports
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open only to seniors who have completed the First-Year Writing Requirement.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


This creative nonfiction writing class will focus on writing and sports, and pay special attention to "story." In class discussions, we will explore the many ways sports intersect with culture, race, gender, science, medicine, social media, and politics in today's world. We will read work from writers like Jemele Hill, Wright Thompson, Howard Bryant, Jackie MacMullan, and others. As we do, we will examine the role of "story" in writing on sports through profiles, narratives, and research essays. We'll also discuss how writers frame and shape narratives, how writers use evidence and outside voices, and how you can continue to develop your own writing voice and style. This is not a course on sports reporting. It is an advanced essay writing course, with an emphasis on revision, designed to challenge and sharpen your writing.

Course Requirements:

Students will write and revise three essays (including one 4-5 page opinion piece and two 10-12 page essays), read a variety of literary writing on sports, write regularly on a course blog, share writing in small group and whole-class workshops, and actively participate in class.

Intended Audience:

Upper-Level Students

Note: Though ENGLISH 325 is not a prerequisite for this course, it is recommended; most students will have taken it previously.

Class Format:



ENGLISH 425 - Advanced Essay Writing
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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