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“All writing is rewriting.” – attributed to many writers, especially Ernest Hemingway, none of whom said it quite like that

“I don't want you to get the impression it's just a question of the number of words ... I mean, getting them in the right order is just as important.” – Monty Python character, discussing the role of King Lear

This seminar-style course will push your boundaries as a writer and help you develop skills and habits that improve both your prose and your analytical thinking. Highly recommended for students anticipating capstone projects, aiming at any sort of white-collar job, or considering graduate or professional (law, business, journalism, ed) school.

You'll read (rhetorical theory, composition research, and samples of effective writing) as much as you write. And you'll write a lot; the “W” is there for a reason. Assignments vary by semester, but they're always the product of group discussion – you help decide what you'll write and when. Peer critique (in small workshop groups) will drive revision, and revision, as Hemingway almost said, drives well-crafted prose. What he didn't say, but doubtless knew, is that regularly critiquing others' writing also improves your ability to revise your own work. This class will equip you to read as a writer and to write as a reader, both pursuits of a lifetime.


This course is customized each semester by its students, but I've picked one book as a foundation:

Klinkenborg, Verlyn. Several Short Sentences About Writing. New York: Vintage, 2012.

Most other readings will be essay / article-length pieces either available online or delivered via PDF.