Writing Seminar III: Composing the Academic Essay

Course Description

In this culminating Writing Seminar, which constitutes the fundamental core of Brown’s writing course for undergraduates, you will learn how to organize and craft a well-researched academic essay that explores a topic of your choice on an issue that matters to you. You will develop an idea, expand and support it with evidence, articulate it by means of a carefully-structured argument, and conclude it with implications for further investigation, all while utilizing a scholarly voice and the conventions of style and citation that is consistent with university-level writing. Topics typically focus on current issues of academic and social concern and involve research across the disciplines.

This course will also familiarize you with college-level academic writing and its essential research methods, including:

• How to develop a well-focused research topic
• How to identify and utilize the types of primary and secondary sources necessary to support a researched argument
• How to access and navigate a library and its collections, physical and digital
• How to evaluate online scholarly resources
• How to use source materials to strengthen an argument

Over a three-week course, you will read and analyze exemplary academic writing, participate in group discussions, and workshop your work with your peers and in individual conferences with their instructor. You will learn to plan, draft, and substantially revise your writing in response to this feedback and from further research, and you will identify and assess arguments made in source materials, engaging with and expanding the critical conversation on their chosen topic. You will not only learn how to be better writers but also how to be better college-level thinkers.


A proven facility with grammar and some confidence as a writer.


Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Robert Ward
Course Number: 10110

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Jonathan Readey
Course Number: 10192