“Write, Read,
Rewrite. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 as Needed”—Susan Sontag’s directions for
writing—will be a mantra for our class, in which we will approach reading and
writing as interrelated processes. Learning to write well begins with close
reading. We will read essays on relevant issues, not only for content but also
for form, as possible models for our writing. We will analyze how successful
writers use various rhetorical strategies to convey meaning. The essay
assignments will give you practice in using a range of strategies to achieve
specific purposes—to reflect, to inform, to analyze, and to persuade. You will
learn how to draw on your readings as relevant and reliable sources to be
integrated into your writing, following the MLA
style guide. We will work on planning, drafting, and revising, with an emphasis on
rewriting in order
to produce clear and concise prose. We will also focus on issue
s of style, grammar, and mechanics that are specific
to your writing.

Essential to this course are our one-on-one conferences to discuss and guide
your composition. 


Required Texts


Course Reader: ENG 100 (02). Available at Marketing and Publication Services, on the campus of the
University Laboratory School/UHM College of Education, 956-4969


A Pocket Style Manual. 6th ed. Available at UHM Bookstore,
Campus Center.