Are you ready to start writing the way college students write in their academic essays and longer research papers? In this course, you will challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you experience writing as a form of inquiry, research, and self-discovery. The course meets the needs of writers at any level, from those who are concerned about their academic preparation to those seeking the new challenge of university-level writing.
The first half of this course offers you the chance to craft original narrative prose. You will create a piece in which you yourself—your lived experience, observations and points of view— are the focus, thinking carefully about what ideas and arguments matter to you while writing in a form that resists conventional structures.
The second half of the course focuses on college-level academic writing: making a debatable claim and defending that claim through careful reasoning and use of primary and secondary research sources. The challenge here is to unearth clear evidence through research, employ effective organization, clarity and cohesion, and revise incisively to develop a compelling and well-supported academic essay.
This course will enable you to:
• Develop a clearer, more confident approach to narrative and academic writing
• Gain experience with and proficiency in every stage of the writing and revision process
• Develop critical reading skills through the study of cultural and literary texts and sample essays
• Engage in college-level research of secondary sources to support your arguments, using Brown library resources
• Become well-versed in university-level discourse through group discussion, peer review, and revision processes
Instructors vary by section to maintain small, writing workshop-style class sizes.
Gaining fluency in these methodologies and practices will prepare you well for writing at the college level. But they are also tools that can be brought into students' existing learning environments to enhance their current writing. In addition, these nuanced approaches to written communication are applicable to any number of professional situations and opportunities well beyond higher education. We look forward to helping you prepare to write for college...and beyond.
SYNCHRONOUS MEETING SCHEDULE
Week 1: 1 face-to-face meeting with instructor to discuss pitch for narrative essay. You will schedule your half-hour session according to your availability during the following time slots: FRIDAY JULY 1: 9AM-12PM EST or 6PM-9PM EST.
Week 2: 1 peer-to-peer meeting with 1-2 peers to give feedback on each other’s essays. You will schedule your 40-minute session in conjunction with a fellow student, during the following time slots: FRIDAY, JULY 8: 9AM-12PM EST or 6PM-9PM EST.
First full-class workshop: The full class will meet from 6-7:30 PM EST, MONDAY JULY 11, to discuss challenges and “aha moments” in writing the narrative essay.
Week 3: 1 face-to-face meeting with instructor to discuss pitch for academic essay: You will schedule your half-hour session according to your availability during the following time slots: THURSDAY JULY 14: 9AM-12PM EST, or 6PM-9PM EST.
Week 4: 1 peer-to-peer meeting with 1-2 peers to give feedback on each other’s essays. You will schedule your 40-minute session in conjunction with a fellow student, during the following time slots: WEDNESDAY JULY 20: 9AM-12PM EST or 6PM-9PM EST.
Final full-class workshop: The full class will meet from 6-7:30 PM EST, FRIDAY JULY 22, to discuss what they've learned about research-based writing, to highlight each other’s work and to say goodbye.
No specific prior experience or knowledge is required for this course. A basic high school level of English reading and writing proficiency is recommended.
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.