About this course
Even at the best of times, essay assignments can be intimidating. WRR103 is designed to help students develop a toolkit for essay-writing in the humanities. Over the course of the term, we move from the sentence level to the paragraph and essay levels in order to equip students with a skill set that empowers them to engage in a wide variety of practical writing tasks. By focusing on the most pervasive general categories of writing (what rhetoricians call the “modes” of writing), WRR103 provides students with a rhetorical arsenal that can be applied to academic essays, scholarship applications, and creative writing.
What you’ll learn
Craft effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
Analyze models of critical analyses, narrative-descriptive essays, and argumentative essays.
Devise an outline and annotated bibliography.
Use the MLA style guide effectively.
Good to know
This is an introductory course open to all students. No specific background in Writing & Rhetoric is required. There are three major writing assignments.
A personal note from your instructor
As someone who publishes essays, articles, and book reviews, I have long been fascinated with writing as both a practical skill and an art form. One of the first things I noticed when I began to teach writing at a post-secondary level is that we’re all so immersed in our communicative habits that it’s actually quite difficult to develop any critical distance from our habitual writing strategies. WRR103 is designed to help students cultivate some of that critical distance by studying relevant writing genres and learning how to make the most of constructive feedback.