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|Meet Day||T/Th||10:10 AM - 11:30 AM||T135|
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the process of researching, writing, and revising columns and opinion pieces with an understanding of the importance of audience. The course material will draw on both the published writing of seasoned columnists from a variety of genres as well as columns written by students. The class will be run as a seminar. Preparation of the readings and writing assignments for each class will be essential to each week's discussions. The bulk of each class time will be spent on discussion of readings of various column types from assigned texts, critiques of weekly columns students write, and discussion of column examples brought to class. There will also be short lectures and discussions of the topics highlighted each week on the syllabus. Students should gain an understanding of what makes an effectively written column or opinion piece. Through readings, writing assignments, and class discussions, each student should be able to execute a well-thought-out, well-written column or opinion piece. Students should come away from the course with a clear knowledge of how much preparation, work, revision, and understanding of audience go into good column and opinion writing.