Composition I

In this course, you will learn how to write effectively for a variety of audiences and in a variety of forms so that you will be better prepared to identify and work across the writing contexts that you’ll encounter in your college courses and, even, outside of them. You will learn to identify and effectively address an audience, to conduct research and engage with source material, as well as planning and revision strategies.

To offer you a way into these processes and to deepen your relationship to them, we will examine a variety of texts arising from themes, ideas, and questions that are generated from our reading of Yoko Ogawa’s novel The Memory Police. We will use this novel as a collaborative branching-off point early in the semester to generate topics for our writing projects, and for the purposes of generating supplemental readings for our course.


There will be major five assignments in this course: three short papers (expository, persuasive, and analytic), an annotated bibliography, and a final research paper. At each stage, you will produce rough drafts which will be shared with and revised by your peers. I will also provide you with ample guidance, feedback, and support.

Required Texts
Yoko Ogawa – The Memory Police
Jeffrey Klausman – Active Voices

All additional readings will all be made freely available through our course website