Description: 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 (e.g., in your job). 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, you will be asked to choose a major sociopolitical issue connected to a place or community that is meaningful to you and explore it through a variety of exercises. In the end, you will produce a research-based persuasive paper in which you construct and weigh in on an informed conversation about the issue you’ve selected and that calls readers to respond in some way to the issue. In total, you will have produced 5,000 words of finished prose.