Instructor: Travis Mulhauser
Office Hours: Mon 10-11, Tues. 1:30-3:30, Fri. 10-11
Mailbox: McIver 133
Course Description: We will explore the art of writing, with the focus being on your development as a writer. We’ll read essays to help fuel your creative process and discuss them with the emphasis being on their application to your work. In-class exercises, group presentations and workshops will also be used to help you begin to develop your critical reading and self-evaluation skills.
Texts: The Writer’s Presence by Atwan and McQuade
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Writing Matters handbook by the UNCG English Department
Requirements: 3 Essays
Regular Reading Assignments
Active participation in small-group and class discussions
Final Portfolio (including self-evaluation)
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
· Interpret and evaluate argumentative discourse, including writing and speech
· Construct cogent arguments
· Communicate those arguments clearly, coherently and effectively
· Locate, synthesize, and evaluate relevant information
· Demonstrate an understanding of the aims and methods of intellectual discourse
· Weigh evidence and evaluate the arguments of differing viewpoints
· The skills knowledge, and/or attitudes engendered should be foundational and applicable to a significant range of discourse
· The proposal should indicate how the course will satisfy both these expectations
Essays: We will take you essays from their inception through the workshop and revision process and we’ll work with multiple essays from The Writer’s Presence for each project. Your final essays will reflect your growth as a writer and your ability to evaluate your own work and receive criticism from others.
All work (except in-class writing) should be typed, double-spaced, with a size 12 ‘times’ font. 1 inch top and bottom margins and 1 inch left and right margins. Your name and the title of the assignment should go on the first line. No late work will be accepted.
Speech: Each student will give a proposal speech regarding a current problem and will develop and deliver their own original and feasible solutions.
Discussion: Discussion of the various assigned readings is a vital aspect of this course. Do not underestimate its importance! Students will be graded on their participation.
Grading: You will not receive an official grade until the end of the semester but I will always respond to your work and let you know where you stand. In our conferences we’ll talk about how you are progressing and ways in which you can improve. Extra-credit will be available but students MUST talk with me about the assignment before completing it. No credit will be given to unauthorized projects.
Attendance: Attendance is required. You are allowed two absences during the semester and beyond that you will lose a half a letter grade for each absence. Notes from the health center or any other documentation will be evaluated but do not guarantee that the absence will be excused. Coming late to class and leaving early results in at least ˝ an absence.
Writing Center: An excellent opportunity to receive one-on-one attention where the focus is your writing. I may ask you to go to the Writing Center for an out-of-class critique and would encourage you to go on your own as well. It’s located in McIver 101 and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Writing Center will give you a note to document your session.
Students will develop their abilities in writing and speaking clearly and effectively.
Students will interpret and evaluate scholarly and professional work and apply their findings to their own work.
Students will respectfully discuss the work of their peers and offer praise and significant suggestions for improvement.
Students will develop their ability to evaluate their own work and become more aware of their individual strengths and weaknesses as they fulfill writing and speaking goals.
Students will work cohesively in large and small group settings, developing many of the focal points of the class and furthering academic support.