Instructor: Malek M/W/F 9:05am – 10:00am
This course is designed to help students improve their writing styles. The focus will be on style as an art of selection that requires an ability to discern the way audience and purpose always mediate how we choose to say something. The course begins with an introduction to classical and contemporary rhetoric as a basis for the analysis and production of style, historically defined as the “extraordinary” use of language. From here we’ll study style at the micro-level; that is, we’ll look at the way words, phrases, clauses, sentences, and paragraphs function stylistically in the readings under investigation. We’ll then move to the macro-level by studying different genres of writing (i.e., academic, creative, popular) with an eye toward the role of style in their creation. Throughout the semester students will experiment with different writing styles and participate in workshops that prioritize productive, generative feedback.