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Why You Can't Write (FYS)
Fall 2019
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: EDST 114F

As anyone who has ever sat at a keyboard knows, writing can be frustrating. And intimidating. Even the most successful writers often doubt themselves and feel frightened of the blank page. As John Warner points out in his 2018 book "Why They Can't Write," schools and other institutions often stress approaches to writing that seem designed to limit rather than enable a writer's skill and creativity. In this First Year Seminar, students will explore and develop their writing strengths as we join scholars and thinkers like Warner in investigating what writing means and how it functions both inside and outside of higher education. Reading widely in composition studies, rhetorical studies, literacy studies, and critical university studies, students will explore ideas about the writing process and practice, multilingualism, code-meshing, and pedagogy that will require us to consider the purpose of education and communication quite broadly. Students can expect to write weekly reading responses, produce a personal literacy narrative, develop writing assignments, and practice conducting research during the semester.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA WRCT
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(EDST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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