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Advanced Composition - ENGL3600W                            
Spring 2014 -University of Georgia
MWF 11:15 – 12:05
Park 149 #19-277
Dr. Deborah Miller

Contact Information
Phone: 706-542-2128
Hours: By appointment
Office: Park Hall 128

Philosophy and Goals:

In Advanced Composition, you will practice writing non-fiction prose. You will be trying out new ways to compose and revise written texts and new ways to reconstruct texts for a variety of purposes and audiences. The goal of the course, overall, is to help you become a more flexible and effective academic writer. I believe that writers write, so in this course we spend a good deal of time in and out of class writing - practicing the craft & playing around (in very purposeful ways!) with written text.  To be successful, you must be willing to participate actively, to get ideas down in a “shitty first draft” (in the words of Anne Lamott), and to experiment with new ways to wrangle words.

Specifically, the goals for this section of ENGL3600 include opportunities for you to:

• experiment with a variety of written voices and visual presentations
• experiment with a variety of stylistic paradigms
• analyze writers' uses of the tools of rhetoric
• practice a variety of invention, arrangement, revision, and editorial strategies
• review (or learn) some of the vocabulary of copy editing and English grammar to facilitate discussions of style

Texts & Materials:
The primary text for this class is your writing. Otherwise, all the materials you will need for this class will be provided as handouts & PDFs. You may want to consider purchasing a few of these texts if you find the reading selections particularly interesting or useful:

• Aristotle. On Rhetoric. Translated/ Edited George Kennedy. Oxford UP, 1991.
• Bacon, Nora. The Well-Crafted Sentence: A Writer's Guide to Style, 2nd Ed. Bedford SM, 2013.
• Bang, Molly. Picture This: How Pictures Work. Seastar Books: NY, 2000.
• Bean, Chappell, & Gillam. Reading Rhetorically, 3rd Ed. Longman: NY, 2011.
• Gilad, Suzanne. Copyediting and Proofreading for Dummies. Wiley, 2007.
• Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Norton, 2010.
• Flesch, Rudolph. The Art of Readable Writing. Macmillan: NY, 1949.
• Hacker, Diane. Writer’s Help. Bedford/STM: Boston, 2013.
• Killgallon, Don & Jenny. Grammar for College Writing. Heinemann, 2010. And/or Sentence Composing for College. Heinemann, 1998.
• Lanham, Richard. Longman Guide to Revising Prose: A Quick and Easy Method for Turning Good Writing into Great Writing Pearson/Longman, 2006.
• McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Harper Collins, NY, 1993.
• Wardle, Elizabeth. Writing About Writing: A College Reader. Bedford St. Martins, 2011.
• Williams, Joseph & Joseph Bizup. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 11th Ed. Chicago, 2014.
• Wysocki, Anne, et al. Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition. Utah State UP, 2004.

Major Course Assignments with Grade Weights:

45% Homework = 14 Weekly, Low Stakes Writing Assignments + Journals; In-class writing

40% Finished work (Three papers ~2000+/- words):

• 15% Paper #1 Analysis
• 10% Paper #2 Imitation
• 15% Paper #3 Re-purposed paper with analysis

15% A Revised and Re-mediated Portfolio of your work with a reflection (= Final Exam)

Course Policies concerning Attendance, Makeups, Class Decorum, etc.:
Class decorum:

We work together in a professional atmosphere, trying to do our best.
Guidelines for professional courtesy (just in case you need specifics):

  • Arrive on time, prepared, and ready to work collaboratively for all class meetings.
  •  During the fifty minutes of class time, be kind, positive, helpful, straightforward, attentive, and polite to your colleagues (i.e., your teacher and your classmates).

  •  When reviewing and editing your classmates’ work, be thorough, detailed, and specific AND be kind, positive, helpful, straightforward, attentive, and polite.

Conferencing and office hours:

If you have questions about the class, or assignments, or if you should fall behind for some reason, be sure to email me or call and arrange an office visit right away. I have an administrative role in the department and am nearly always in my office when not teaching. I'm happy to arrange conference times to fit our schedules. Alternatively – you can check in with your classmates. When in doubt, check with me.


If you can't be present for a class, email me within that 24-hour period. In your email, provide a brief, courteous apology & explanation for your absence. This is a workshop class, so attendance is vital. You lose points on your weekly participation grade for each absence.


As a rule, work must be complete on or before each deadline. Weekly Sunday midnight deadlines for daily work and weekly assignments expire and can't be made up. Major papers must be completed to finish the class. Again, let me know if you expect to miss a deadline or will be unprepared – you will usually need to plan a workaround.

The Writing Center (Park Hall 66) and the Emma Computer Lab (Park Hall 117):

All UGA students are eligible for free tutorial services in the Writing Center (
All students using Emma in their courses are eligible to use the Emma Computer Lab during all open hours; printing is available with “Bulldog bucks.”

Academic Honesty:

This class adheres to the “UGA Academic Honesty Policy,” which can be found at the web site of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction: <>. I am under contractual obligation to report incidents of academic dishonesty to the Office of the Vice President.
Special situations for this section of ENGL3600 only:
• You may collaborate with colleagues in this class for work required in this class.
• You may - in some highly conditional cases which I will explain in class - use work you have done for other venues or classes in this class

Access Policy:

Students with special needs are invited and encouraged to discuss them with the instructor at their earliest opportunity. I am happy to make accommodations for students working with UGA’s DRC:

Nota Bene: Beginning at week one, Sunday Midnight is the regular deadline for each of the fourteen major weekly Assignments, all the prior week’s Journals, and any missed in-class work. If you have questions about or problems with Sunday Midnight posting Sunday Midnight assignments, you should consult with me during my office hours or at another mutually convenient time well before the Sunday Midnight deadline. Plan to spend at least 6-8 hours/week outside of class completing homework.

Details of all Assignments and Journals will be posted in Emma: Locations TBA in class