You’re already a writer. Even if you don’t see yourself as one, you write all the time: e-mails, blogs, journals, letters, papers, fan fiction, notes in class—the list could go on indefinitely. On the other hand, you’re also taking in information all the time: videos, novels, books, television shows, movies, websites. In this six-week intensive introduction to college writing, you’ll be encouraged to build on your critical thinking skills and see the world around you as a "text," waiting for interpretation.
Your task as a maturing writer is to learn to communicate your thoughts and analysis effectively. It’s true that college-level writing is distinctive in its formality, but in many ways you engage your readers in academic writing just as you try to reach them on Facebook or Twitter; you want to say something compelling about yourself or the world around you.
The Tufts Summer Writing Program provides a distinctive forum for your writing endeavors. Using texts and film, you'll learn to navigate the relationship between writer and reader, and develop critical literary skills. With in-class free-writing exercises, informal sketches, drafts, and revisions, you will write three papers that build on a specific theme. The program’s instructor will provide you with regular evaluation of your skills and development as a writer. Guest speakers will challenge you to push your writing in new directions and will show you how good writing is useful in whatever major you choose in college or job you take in life. Your final project will be a writing portfolio that stands as a testament to your growing literary skills.
Class meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
A Wednesday afternoon extra study section may be scheduled as needed. This additional session will be used to conduct additional course activities, such as a writing lab, group feedback sessions, or other writing exercises as determined by the instructor.
The first class meets on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
The last class meets on Thursday, August 10, 2017.
The cost of this course is $2,800.
As your schedule permits, you can combine this class with another Tufts Summer Study program or course. You may request enrollment in two programs/courses if desired. The Tufts Summer Study Admissions Committee reserves the right to limit enrollment to one program/class.
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A recent Bundesgymnasium graduate, Matthias decided to leave his home in Austria for six weeks and spend part of his summer studying international relations and economics at Tufts. He thought the summer before completing his zivildienst (year of public service) was the perfect time to try something new. Matthias saw the advantages of international study at a great American university before entering his "gap" year, and he knew that Tufts University had the summer courses he needed and could transfer to his home university, when the time comes.