Writing and the Teaching of Writing (and the Teaching of Writing and the Teaching of Writing. Teaching.)
T-F 1:30 - 2:50 (D38)
What do we do when we write, and how do we learn to do it? This is the question that will drive our inquiry into both the theory and the practice of teaching writing, and we will conduct that inquiry with an eye toward learning something not only about the teaching of writing, but also about our own writing processes. The course will be divided roughly into halves: during the first half, we'll be reading and discussing various writing "bibles," beginning (of course) with Strunk and White, and moving to some more radical statements about writing. In the second half of the course we'll focus on teaching and tutoring writing. We'll get plenty of hands-on experience: students in the course will tutor other Marlboro students and will also be expected to teach segments of the course periodically.
Two things you should note: first, this is not a writing seminar -- if you haven't yet passed the writing requirement, this shouldn't be the only writing course you take this semester. Second, all participants in this course should be enrolled in at least one other course that requires frequent writing, since we will use your own writing as a basis for many of our in-class exercises. You should also be prepared to have drafts of your writing done when we need them for this class, regardless of when they're due in your other classes.