New College Students write.....a LOT!
At New College you’ll find yourself challenged to produce all different kinds of writing, from literature reviews and lab reports to longer research or persuasive papers. You’ll be asked to make formal presentations and to share research with your classmates. You might submit an essay for a national prize or write a proposal for a grant to support your thesis research.
Some New College students have published their writing before graduation — both fiction and academic research. But our alumnae/i are even more impressive writers — that’s one of the reasons New College students get hired in businesses, public service, nonprofits, educational institutions, legal offices and the publishing industry.
However, at New College, we don’t expect you to be a flawless writer when you first step foot on campus. Rather, we will work with you to help you transfer your knowledge of reading and writing from high school to your first year, from your previous institution to ours, from your New College courses to your thesis, and ultimately, from New College to your life after New College.
The New College Writing Program’s mission is to offer the highest quality of writing education at New College. To do that, the Writing Program draws upon current research to create and support a cohesive set of innovative and intellectually rigorous courses as well as to develop dynamic resources for the entire campus community.
There are numerous opportunities for you to write outside the Writing Program; for example, we encourage you to start your own literary journal, or to take a course with the visiting Writer-in-Residence, or to join the Catalyst student newspaper team, or to apply for an internship that will allow you to develop your writing skills even more.
If you have questions about writing at New College, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In order to work towards cultivating their own theories of writing, students in this course will explore foundational texts in fields such as writing studies, educational psychology, and applied linguistics. Students will have the opportunity to apply those theories to developing their own writing processes by reflecting back on their formative literacy experience as well as by transferring their knowledge of writing from high school to college. Students will be introduced to rhetorical genre studies in order to investigate the genre conventions of their anticipated areas of concentration. Students who successfully complete this course will leave well prepared to take on the challenges of college level writing in any discipline.
This course will provide a general introduction to the field of linguistics in order to examine the role writing plays in our understanding, definition, and use of modern language. In order to gain a critical perspective of their own writing and the writing they experience within everyday contexts, students will explore such questions as: In what ways do written and spoken language differ or overlap? How is writing used to create and understand our environment? And, when and how does writing influence our construction of self and community? In doing so, students will set aside the prescriptive notion of “correct” or “proper” writing, and instead investigate the complex relationship between thought and written language. There are no prereqs for this course, and it is open to any year or AOC.
Writing Studies courses are grounded in Writing about Writing theory and pedagogy, wherein the content of the course is writing. Students read and write about writing in order to think critically about their own writing and writing practices; subsequently, they often change many of their beliefs about writing, which then impacts their processes and strategies.
Students in Writing Studies courses not only learn procedural knowledge (“knowing what”: e.g. what a thesis is) but declarative knowledge (“knowing how”: e.g. how to analyze the rhetorical situation to know how to develop the appropriate argument). All Writing Studies courses include both formal and informal writing assignments, provide multiple opportunities for feedback/feedforward, and facilitate ongoing revision of writing processes and products.