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Spring 2016-2017
ENG 582   P/D/F Only

Graduate Writing Seminar

Claudia L. Johnson


While dissertation seminars invite students to map the territory and the stakes of their thesis, and article workshops tailor writing for specific journals, this seminar focuses on the craft of writing. Our premise is that craft and argument are mutually constitutive and our method is deliberative slow motion, tracking words, sentences, paragraphs with care. Each week we read and critique 2-3 paragraphs of each student's prose, on the understanding that they are revised the following week, when we take up the next 2-3 paragraphs. By the end of the term, each student should have a polished article, chapter or talk.

Sample reading list:
Eric Hayot, The Elements of Academic Style
Richard Lanham, Analyzing Prose
Virginia Tufte, Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style
Stanley Fish, How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
Joseph Williams, Style: Writing With Clarity and Grace
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
No required texts. Excerpts from various works will be distributed each week in class, as needed. Manageable weekly writing and revision; regular attendance and participation.

Class/Precept Participation - 100%

Other Requirements:
ENG Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students who have completed their General Exam will receive enrollment priority..

Other information:
Students should come to class having chosen a chapter, paper, or talk to work on throughout the term. Reading and constructively critiquing each other's work is an essential part of the course, so regular attendance is required. The payoff is an intense sense of intellectual community.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43603 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCosh Hall   B14   Enrolled:4 Limit:8