Composition I

From brainstorming to messy first drafts to peer editing to polished final drafts, writing is a process. In this course, we will learn and explore this process.

My primary goal is to help each student become more confident as a writer and reader — regardless of your chosen field of study. We will always look for real world application for the skills you develop in class, whether your goal is to write a great novel or become a nurse.

For your assignments, we will be talking and writing about specific communities and complex social issues within these communities. We will approach our topics from the standpoint of community health and will devote a substantial part of the semester thinking about remedies for the challenges these communities face.

We will also be thinking about the other kinds of knowledge and expertise we each bring to this class, and you will be encouraged to interweave personal experiences, interviews, and oral sources into your writing assignments. Our readings and discussion will range from scholarly articles to stand-up comedy to news articles to literature.

Formal writing assignments will require you to describe, interview, compare, argue, analyze, and research; each assignment will also encourage you to write critically and creatively. We will also be practicing strategies for revising, editing, proofreading. You will be required to complete five major writing assignments; other assignments include group work, reading responses, fact checking, and workshopping.