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CW 105 - Intermediate Writing: Finding Your Voice with Others

Fall 2018

Engaging with issues of authorial voice, the writing process, and technology, students hone their ability to read and write academic prose. A hybrid composition course, CW 105 meets in the classroom and online. Students use digital, multimodal writing tools and think critically about how such tools affect writing processes. Further, this course offers students opportunities to collaborate on projects, as is often required for academic and workplace writing, and which digital, multimodal composition tools are designed to support.

Breadth Requirement: This course can be used toward satisfying the Seven-Course Breadth Requirement

Available in 
Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement
Units and Format 
3 units – One and one-half hours of lecture and one and one-half hours of web-based lecture per week
Grading Option 
Letter grade or P/NP
Arts & Literature Breadth





Class Number: 20999
Meeting time @ place:
M 5:00pm - 6:30pm @ 206 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: Writing the Future
Instructor: Jordan Ruyle
Section Description:

Section 1 must be taken concurrently with CW 105 Section 101; this section is co-taught by Jordan Ruyle and David Wiese.

“The future is no more uncertain than the present.” Walt Whitman

As the future is shaped, will your voice be a crucial part of the conversation? In this class, you’ll engage in an innovative digital writing & critical thinking process. We’ll explore visions of the near future by examining past ideas and the present world around us: Utopias and dystopias; the moral complexities of genetic engineering and human enhancement; the future of technology, gender, or [insert your passion here!].

Also, importantly, much of the writing and research will be driven by the observations, controversies, dynamics, and deeper social questions that intrigue you. This is a course designed to make you a stronger writer and thinker with an array of digital tools: blogging (Wordpress, Weebly, Wix, or the platform of your choice), Twitter, Instagram, Prezi, Soundcloud, iMovie, and online resources to refine the content, language, and readability of your work.

As a hybrid course, only half of our meetings will be in the classroom. The other half will be conducted through bCourses discussion forums, blog entries, and project workshopping with your classmates. We’ll create multimodal narrative reflections, examine arguments in a variety of mediums, conduct fieldwork interviews and research, and create richly textured project websites -- and above all, think hard about the possible futures emerging all around us.

Book List:

Writer/Designer, 2nd ed (Arola, Sheppard & Ball) (digital version ok)

Selected readings from Lapham's Quarterly: The Future (ed. Lapham) (Free, digital online articles)

Digital Course Reader on bCourses

Class Number: 24327
Meeting time @ place:
- @ Online
Section Theme: TBA
Instructor: David Wiese
Section Description:

This digital section must be taken concurrently with CW 105 section 1.

This section is co-taught by David Wiese and Jordan Ruyle.

Book List: