Advanced Expository Writing

W350 — Spring 2020

Katherine Silvester
Days and Times
4:00-5:15 TR
Course Description

TOPIC: “Stories That Inform

Though the primary function of expository writing is to explain or inform, expository writers often make use of various modes of writing (i.e. expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative) to convey their message in a compelling way. This class draws on recent, provocative, and noteworthy science and nature writing to explore how this done. We will read and write about award-winning articles published in a variety of cultural, social, and scientific forums on matters of both general and peculiar interest, ranging from shyness as an evolutionary tactic to fantastic beasts and how to rank them! Written work in the class will focus on critical and comparative analysis of expository writing styles and modes, with an eye for how we might incorporate these styles and modes into the write-up of our own inquiry-driven research.

Advanced Expository Writing focuses on the interconnected activities of reading and writing, especially the kinds of responding, analyzing, and evaluating that characterize work in many fields in the university. All W350 ML courses include a series of written assignments evaluated with close attention to organization and expression as well as to substance and argument. This course puts a premium on writing as a process that involves successive cycles of pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. You can expect the graded revision of assignments. W350 ML is designed for writers whose first language is not English or for writers who identify as multilingual and think they might benefit from additional language support. Students in the class will receive individualized attention on their writing that is tailored to their language needs via written teacher feedback, revision memos, and peer review.