Fast Write: Briefly describe the focus of the R&C course you are designing. Highlight some of the newest, most ambitious, or most interesting uses you hope to make of writing.
Groups: Trade overviews with two colleagues. Try to read their documents from the point of view of a first-year student on the first day of class. What else might you ask this teacher to tell you about:
The kinds of writing you’ll do in this course?
The reasons for doing this writing? ( That is, how does this work promise to be interesting or useful?)
Fast Write: You are an accomplished academic writer. (Otherwise you wouldn’t be in this room.) Please write a brief story about a moment when you learned something useful about academic writing. Try to create as compelling a story as you can. Let your points emerge through how you describe the characters, setting, and action of your narrative. I’ll ask you to introduce yourself to the seminar through reading this story aloud.
Read Alouds: Please take some notes as you listen to your colleagues’ stories. What similarities do you notice in how they describe learning to write as academics? What differences?
Please draft the overview for your R&C course. You’ll have some time to review some examples of other overviews and to begin writing this afternoon. Please bring two print copies of this piece to seminar tomorrow morning.