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Introduction to the Minor in Writing

Credits: 3 | Consent: With permission of department | May not be repeated for credit

In this course, students admitted to the Minor in Writing will investigate why we write, how we write, and how writing shapes us—intellectually, emotionally, and cognitively. Through peer review, instructor feedback, regular contributions to the Minor in Writing blog, and other forms of collaboration, students will develop a shared vocabulary for reflecting on their own writing and cultivating a reflective practice that will provide a basis for assessing their growth as a writer throughout the Minor in Writing. Students will create an electronic portfolio of their writing that will become the basis for the final portfolio for the Minor in Writing. Their research will include various platforms and software for creating electronic portfolios and their visual and audio dimensions. They will also create other multimedia and multimodal forms of writing.

Writing 220 Course Requirements

This is a writing-intensive class, involving formal, revised essays in print and new media formats; biweekly informal reading responses and ideas-testing on a blog; and a variety of types of reflective writing. The first essay is a 750-1000-word statement of “Why I Write.” The bulk of the semester is spent on two substantial linked projects in which students select a piece of writing, academic or otherwise, written for a previous occasion; write a new piece that re-purposes its argument in a new genre and for a new audience; and finally, re-mediate this re-purposed argument to present it in a new form. So, a course paper might become a young adult magazine article and then a documentary video, or a blog post might become an academic research paper and then a museum web page. Finally, they create an electronic portfolio to present themselves as writers, which includes their major work for the class as well as other writing representative of their abilities and interests, and which is framed by new reflective and contextual writing. There are also regular course readings on a range of writing-related topics, and small-group presentations on new media writing platforms.