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Literary Landscapes Nonfiction Writing English 135, Section 1 – Spring 2010 We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. —Pico Iyer Instructor: Professor Cathleen Miller Phone: 408/924-4441 Office: FO 125 Mailbox: FO 124 E-mail: Miller2go@earthlink.net Office hours: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and by appointment FURLOUGH INFORMATION You will notice on the schedule days marked "FURLOUGH." Here is the reason: since 2003 the California State University System, of which San José State is a member, has lost over ONE BILLION DOLLARS in funding. System-wide the budget for this year was cut $584 million dollars, with $40 million dollars of that falling to SJSU. What does all this mean to you? You have seen your tuition increased as a result, at the same time classes you may have needed were cut. University administration has reduced their hours and will not be able to offer many services in a timely manner. Lecturers on campus have lost their jobs. The remaining faculty has agreed to a 9.23% pay cut to help the budget shortfall, and as part of this agreement, the faculty union mandated that we must receive a proportional decrease in workload, hence the furloughed days of the semester we will not meet. What this all adds up to is a crisis which will only worsen with time if we do not pressure our state legislature to properly fund education. I encourage you to step up and get involved in your higher education, your future, and the future of California. Contact your state legislators and tell them what you think. Contact our Governor. Attend the rallies and events that will occur on campus this semester. Support Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico’s bill AB656 to help fund state universities and community colleges with a tax on oil companies. By taking action, we can make change! CONTACT INFORMATION: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: 916-445-2841
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To find state legislators’ contact information, go to http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html COURSE DESCRIPTION One survey found travel writing to be the second most desired profession on the planet—after movie star. In this semester's nonfiction workshop we will explore its nuts and bolts by doing writing exercises, reading examples, and writing short and long travel pieces. Luckily we live in one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world, so even if you can't trek to Nepal, you can write marketable stories about the Bay Area. (Prerequisite English 71.) LEARNING OBJECTIVES Explore travel writing as a subgenre of creative nonfiction. Develop the skills of an accurate reporter. Develop the skills of a thoughtful editor. Become an active part of a literary community, through writing, editing,
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