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Writing Workshop for ECS 15 Melissa Bender Consultant, Writing Across the Curriculum Lecturer, University Writing Program
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Agenda The writing process. Focusing and narrowing your topic. Focusing exercise. Using information from resources.
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Warm Up Describe your writing process.
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The Writing Process Pre-writing Draft = explore & discover Re-vision = evaluate & make changes at the “global” level Editing = make “local” changes Proofreading = make “micro-local” changes (checking for error)
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Pre-Writing Analyzing the assignment: highlight it, take note of requirements. Brainstorming. Free-writing and other risk-free writing warm ups. Reading. Narrowing your topic.
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Drafting/Discovery Turn off the inner critic (temporarily). Take risks Focus on developing ideas and narrowing ideas Don’t interrupt thinking to edit Use writing as tool for inquiry
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Revision = Global Changes Looking at the “big picture” of your essay and reworking: ideas purpose audience evidence analysis
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Editing = Local Changes Polishing your essay after you’ve made the global changes. Moving paragraphs around for better organization. Refining topic sentences. Adding effective transitions between paragraphs.
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Proofreading = Micro-Local Changes Checking for error, line by line.
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Accept the process. Editing and drafting at the same time is a recipe for writer’s block.
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ECS 15 Term Paper Select a topic on the use of computers that relates to your major or a field that interests you. Write a 2500 word term paper.
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Term paper components Prospectus (1-2 pages) Progress Report (2-3 pages) Draft (2 + pages) Revised Paper (10 +/- pages)
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Narrowing the field of possibility What are the parameters?
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