EXPOS-UA 15 A Spectrum of Essays
EXPOS-UA 16 Advanced Essay Writing for Science
EXPOS-UA 17 Writing in Community
EXPOS-UA 18 Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines
ASPP-UT 1009 / ASPP-GT 1009 Writing the Artist Statement
A Spectrum of Essays: Get Under It: Writing the Self and Its Impossibilities
Instructor: Bruce Bromley
Section: 002 (#9170)
Rubin Hall, 35 5th Ave, Rm 106
Prerequisite: Writing the Essay
In 1939, Virginia Woolf describes, in her late memoir “A Sketch of the Past,” the “feeling . . . [that] it is almost impossible that I should be here.” One phrase on in that memoir, Woolf couples her ability to note any self’s impossibility with experiencing “the purest ecstasy” that she “can conceive.” We will explore in our course a range of artworks that will assist us in building up ways to think and write about what can be made of selves and their impossibilities, a potentially fruitful paradox that Woolf herself enacts, on the page, at the precise moment that world battle is about to ensue. We will read Woolf’s memoir alongside the work of Primo Levi, Hilton Als, Claudia Rankine, Leslie Jamison, Patti Smith, Maggie Nelson, and Marilynne Robinson’s recent novel Lila. We will labor with Beyoncé’s Lemonade in its visual incarnation and watch Jane Campion’s Bright Star, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, films that look, respectively, at the life of poet John Keats and the painter J.M.W. Turner. We will spend time with Luca Guadagnino’s 2010 film I Am Love, which marries John Adams’ pulsating music and the life of the woman at the center of the film itself. All the while, we will labor at writing that explores aspects of these materials on behalf of larger idea-work. That emphasis on developmental ideas will, most importantly, lead to the crafting of two longer-form essays. And those essays will involve us in considering what it means to expand the very notion of the possible, on and off any page that deserves our commitment to what can be made of it.
Prerequisite: Writing the Essay
This advanced writing course offers offers science and pre-health students the opportunity to design and conduct intensive individual research, write honors-level essays for the public and for the academy, and deliver a professional presentation. The course will rely upon the work of professional scientists and writers, and students will be encouraged to attend several public events about science and writing. Students will be encouraged to present their own research at the Undergraduate Research Conference and to submit completed essays for publication in Mercer Street.
Instructor: Laura Weinert-Kendt, Language Lecturer, EWP
Prerequisite: B+ or better grade for "Writing The Essay"
Writing in Community is a course for students who are passionate about writing and community service and would like to explore the dynamic relationship between these two pursuits. As a team, we will head off campus each week to mentor under-served high school students in essay writing. Back on campus, we will have weekly meetings to help us enhance our writing and mentoring skills as we develop our own ideas into essays. We will study writers, artists, and filmmakers whose service and/or community engagement has become a basis for work that documents and reflects on pressing social concerns.
Students who are concerned about not meeting the course prerequisite or desiring special permission should contact Laura Weinert-Kendt at email@example.com.
Prerequisite: Writing the Essay.
Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines is a course for students who want to improve their articulation of ideas and information in their own disciplines as well as develop an array of approaches gathered from a diverse group of disciplinary conventions and innovative outliers. Course materials are determined in part by the interests and academic concentrations of enrolled students and will also draw from non-academic sources of inspiration for effective communication, including stand-up comedy, political rhetoric, contemporary design, storytelling for the screen, and Internet culture. Course work generally focuses on observing, analyzing, assessing and practicing the broad structures and elements of professional work in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences, leading to pursuit of each student’s own research project through oral presentations and written assignments. Those intending to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference in April are especially encouraged to enroll. This course will directly support that research, writing, and presentation.
For more information, please contact Nat Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASPP-UT 1009 / ASPP-GT 1009
Writing the Artist Statement: Representing Your Work for Funding and Beyond
In this course, you will develop the skills you need to write about your own work. A series of guided reading, research, and writing exercises will help you think about what your work is, what it means, and why it matters, so that you will be able to craft language that accurately and effectively represent you as an artist and thinker. We will study a variety of personal statements, project descriptions, manifestos, and other artist writings, examining them for their relative strengths and weaknesses with an eye towards the most effective expressive strategies.
You will use the writing you’ve generated as the groundwork for your final projects: After we explore the variety of public and private sources of funding, fellowships, and residency opportunities in the US, you will use search resources (such as the Foundation Center and various philanthropic databases) to research and identify several opportunities that would be appropriate for your work. You will prepare applications for two opportunities of your choosing (three for graduate students). After we examine a range of artist websites,you will learn to make your own artist website (using WordPress). You will also prepare an elevator pitch for the project of your choice. You will exit the course with writing that you might revise and reuse for many different purposes in your professional creative life.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Mikesell at email@example.com.