A Summer Writing Intensive
What is Reading-Based Writing?
The basic idea behind reading-based writing is that we read to write and write to read. Because these two disciplines are intertwined, weâ€™re always thinking critically, not just when weâ€™re â€œstudying.â€ The course will improve studentsâ€™ writing skills by teaching them how to:
â€¢ Comfortably read/write in different genres
â€¢ Organize concepts critically
â€¢ Develop an organic voice
â€¢ Present an effective argument
â€¢ Integrate revisions
How it Works
â€¢ Classes meet for 2 hours, once per week in July. Instructor will provide all reading materials.
â€¢ Students are expected to complete one reading assignment (a story; a poem; an essay) each week and be prepared to discuss it.
â€¢ Since the course is run as a workshop, all students will present individual work to be discussed by the class. Additionally, all students will offer written feedback to their peers.
â€¢ Instructor will provide individual student evaluations, which include a writing diagnosis.
â€¢ The cost of the course is $450.
Using a variety of writing genres, students will learn the techniques of reading-based writing. We will explore:
â€¢ Creative writing (fiction, poetry, spoken word)
â€¢ Personal narrative/memoir (college essay)
â€¢ The five paragraph essay (used on standardized tests like the SAT Writing Test)
â€¢ The analytic academic paper (high school, college, and beyond)
About the Instructor
Jill Di Donato holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in writing from Columbia University. Sheâ€™s taught â€œUniversity Writingâ€ to undergrads at Columbia University, developed high school writing programs as a member of Columbia/Artist Teacher, served as a mentor in Columbia Universityâ€™s Writing Pedagogy Development program for graduate/professional students, and
consulted for the NYC Board of Education on the Creative Curriculum. Her writing can be found in various literary journals and magazines.
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