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WRITING 303

Coaching Professional Writing

The overarching goal of this set of related mini-courses is to give current peer writing consultants and interested others opportunities for ongoing professional development, reflection, and growth. For peer writing consultants, these mini-courses act as specialized supplements to the two existing peer writing consultant training courses, Writing 300: Seminar in Peer Writing Consultation and Writing 301: Practicum in Peer Writing Consultation. For other students they will provide expertise in specific areas including the needs of multilingual/international writers, various genres of scientific writing and professional writing, and various forms of multimedia that they may encounter. These courses also connect students with other relevant resources, on campus and beyond.

Course Requirements:

  • analyze writing samples and compose in various genres, modes, and media;
  • read relevant articles to acquire deeper knowledge of theory surrounding the genre or student population examined in the course;
  • reflect on their own practice as consultants and writers through brief papers that synthesize their own experience (as writers and/or as consultants in the Peer Writing Center) and course materials;
  • present their own work;
  • develop and practice effective peer consulting strategies;
  • and engage in collaborative learning activities in class.

Intended Audience:

The primary audience for the course is current peer writing consultants. Other interested students may also enroll, as these courses provide information about multilingual writers to future teachers, introduce scientific writing to science majors, and acquaint students with professional genres.

Class Format:

Pedagogical approaches will vary according to the instructor or topic, but will include seminar-style large group discussions of reading, small group work, in-class workshops on works-in-progress, individual and group projects, peer response, and reflective writing.

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Consulting on Multimodal Assignments

Designed for students in the Peer Writing Consultant Program. This course is credit/no credit. In order to receive credit for this course, you must be able to implement the consulting strategies practiced during our class meetings.

As consultants, you might be asked to help writers with all forms of text creation across a spectrum of media, modes, and genres. This mini-course addresses concerns that you as consultants might have when asked for peer-advice on a multimodal assignment. When composing multimodal texts, a host of rhetorical strategies are used, ranging from placement of text on a page, to consideration of audience, to the media used to communicate the content.

This class will approach multimodal consulting as a means of not favoring or privileging one mode of communication over another. Instead, we will give equal footing to alphanumeric texts, images, videos, and webtexts. We will address these modes through the concept of design. The goal of this course is to explore how to effectively consult in a digital age by incorporating multiple modes of communication strategies and by focusing on design to conceptualize audience inclusion.

Coaching Writing with Multilingual Writers

Credits: 1 Grading: Mandatory credit/no credit | May be elected 4 times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

The overarching goal of this set of related mini-courses is to give current peer writing consultants and interested others opportunities for ongoing professional development, reflection, and growth.

For peer writing consultants, these mini-courses act as specialized supplements to the two existing peer writing consultant training courses, Writing 300: Seminar in Peer Writing Consultation and Writing 301: Practicum in Peer Writing Consultation. For other students they will provide expertise in specific areas including the needs of multilingual/international writers, various genres of scientific writing and professional writing, and various forms of multimedia that they may encounter. These courses also connect students with other relevant resources, on campus and beyond.

Course Requirements

  • analyze writing samples and compose in various genres, modes, and media
  • read relevant articles to acquire deeper knowledge of theory surrounding the genre or student population examined in the course
  • reflect on their own practice as consultants and writers through brief papers that synthesize their own experience (as writers and/or as consultants in the Peer Writing Center) and course materials
  • present their own work
  • develop and practice effective peer consulting strategies
  • engage in collaborative learning activities in class

Intended Audience

The primary audience for the course is current peer writing consultants. Other interested students may also enroll, as these courses provide information about multilingual writers to future teachers, introduce scientific writing to science majors, and acquaint students with professional genres.

Class Format

Pedagogical approaches will vary according to the instructor or topic, but will include seminar-style large group discussions of reading, small group work, in-class workshops on works-in-progress, individual and group projects, peer response, and reflective writing.