WRIT 101: Introduction to Writing Studies
Professor: Matt King
Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday 2:30-4:00 and by appointment
Office Location: Plassmann D6
Class Website: https://mattrking.com/courses/w101/
Professional and Creative Writing Major Objectives
- Write effective texts in different genres and in multiple media to respond to a variety of professional and creative needs.
- Construct professional identities as writers, readers, and researchers who can make valuable contributions in a variety of professional settings.
- Interpret cultural, political, and historical situations using specific theories from rhetorical, literary, and writing studies.
- Display the ethical commitment of writers to improve society.
This course serves as an introduction to the basic terms and skills necessary to complete the Professional and Creative Writing Major and thus familiarizes students with basic principles of effective writing in several genres. Students will acquire skills in producing and analyzing professional, literary, and rhetorical texts, in developing an effective writing process, and in giving feedback and editing advice to other writers. (3 credits)
- Write effective short works in several genres: rhetorical, literary, professional, creative;
- Accurately employ basic terminology of rhetorical and literary analysis;
- Develop an effective writing process grounded in insights from composition studies;
- Give useful and supportive feedback to peers on their writing;
- Produce structurally sound prose at the sentence level;
- Attend to concerns of modality through the production and remediation of print and digital texts;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the broader ethical implications of writing as a social activity.
All class texts will be made available online as needed.
Analysis Paper = 20%
Creative Writing – Poetry = 10%
Creative Writing – Flash Fiction = 15%
Professional Writing = 10%
Remediation Project = 15%
Electronic Portfolio = 20%
Participation = 10%
Late Work. Excessive or unexcused late work will not be acceptable, and I reserve the right to penalize late work in such circumstances (generally, such penalties will be a letter grade for every day an assignment is late). If circumstances prevent you from being able to submit an assignment on time, you should discuss the situation with me ahead of time.
Attendance. You should arrive to class on time with all assigned readings and papers for the day completed. You are allowed six absences throughout the semester without a grade penalty (although missing class can affect your participation grade and your ability to succeed in the class generally). If you have 7-8 absences, you cannot receive higher than a C for your semester average. If you have 9-10 absences, you cannot receive higher than a D for your semester average. If you have 11 or more absences, you will receive an F for the semester. For every 3 instances of tardiness, you will incur 1 absence. If you only have 0-1 absences, you will receive a 1/3 letter grade bonus on your semester average.
For athletes, students who provide documentation for absences related to athletic competitions will be excused for all such absences. Student athletes can also miss two more class periods throughout the semester without a grade penalty. If you have three or more unexcused (non-athletic) absences throughout the semester, then all of your absences will be counted toward the attendance policy.
+/- Grades. Plus and minus grades will be used in awarding final grades for this course.
A+ = 98.5 A = 95 A- = 91.5
B+ = 88.5 B = 85 B- = 81.5
C+ = 78.5 C = 75 C- = 71.5
D+ = 68.5 D = 65 D- = 61.5
F = 55
A = 93-100 A- = 90-93
B+ = 87-90 B = 83-87 B- = 80-83
C+ = 77-80 C = 73-77 C- = 70-73
D+ = 67-70 D = 63-67 D- = 60-63
F = Less than 60
Plassmann Writing Center
Revising and responding to feedback will be an invaluable and necessary part of your development as a writer this semester. Toward this end, you are strongly encouraged to visit me during office hours or by appointment, and you are also strongly encouraged to visit the Writing Center in the basement of Plassmann Hall (6A).
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Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Services Office, Doyle Room 26, at 375-2066 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. Documentation from this office is required before accommodations can be made. Please see the official SBU Student with Disabilities policy here.
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