Fall 2018 schedule academic and professional writing

In this course, we’ll look at a variety of texts from academic arguments, narratives, and pedagogies, to consider what it means to write, communicate, and learn across cultures. Topics will include contrastive rhetorics, world Englishes, rhetorical listening, and tutoring multilingual writers. A service learning component, in partnership with Madison House, will require students to volunteer with the LAMA (Latinx and Migrant Aid) or ESOL programs. We will discuss pedagogies and practical, strengths-based strategies in working with multi-lingual learners on their writing; tutor members of the Charlottesville community; and create writing projects that convey learning from these experiences. While the course will specifically prepare students to tutor multilingual writers, these skills are adaptable and applicable across disciplines and discourses.


Basically, students will learn how to use dialogic engagement to support collaboration and conversation across cultures. Self-designed final writing projects will give students from various majors—education, public policy, commerce, social sciences, and STEM—the opportunity to combine their specific discourse knowledge with our course content. (Meets second writing requirement.) ENWR 3559 From Hieroglyphics to Emojis: Experiments with the History of Writing

The invention of writing was amazing and its reinvention is ongoing. This course takes a creative and hands-on approach to the millennia long history of writing in a global context. Together, we will explore the historical and cultural role of writing and writers from early scribes and clerks to contemporary poets, essayists and bloggers. Whenever possible, we will not only read about different writing materials, techniques and cultures, but also conduct writing “experiments.” Perhaps we will write with a feather pen and homemade ink; create an illuminated manuscript; type with a manual typewriter; write with new technologies and electronic genres to create web pages; work with dictation software, texting, or algorithmic writing (let the computer do the writing). We will explore the relation of speaking to writing in historical and social contexts – ancient Greece, Egypt, American slavery and emancipation, contemporary Ted talks – but we will also compose for our own speaking and writing contexts. We will explore historical and cultural writing groups – scribal cultures, community writing groups, creative writing workshops, fan fiction sites, zines (online and print) – but we will also create our own writing groups and projects. Students will write regularly both analytically and creatively, will be encouraged to explore their own writing interests, and will compose longer creative or analytical (or both) projects. This course will allow us to consider, as both readers and writers, what the history of writing in a global context might contribute to our current conceptions of writing in a context that is increasingly dominated by other technologies of communication. This seminar is discussion-oriented and writing-intensive. ENWR 3900 The Forbes Seminars in Career-based Writing and Rhetoric