Learn to write with voice, choice, and creativity!
Students (and educators) too often regard the essay as merely an instrument of assessing learning, but the essay has a rich history as a creative genre. In this course we will approach the essay as the creative, dynamic, imaginative literary form that it actually is. Your approach to writing essays will not be the same and you'll never go back to the five paragraph essay again!
You will leave this course with a very different and improved understanding of the essay, and you will be better writers. The essays you write in the future may challenge some of your teachers’ more conventional expectations, but they will be better, more interesting, and more like the real writing professional essayists actually create. Your professors in college will be grateful.
This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:
- Students will become better writers, more independent, more creative, and more original.
- Students will choose topics of interest, explore genres of writing, develop their own voice, and write!
- Learn a little bit about the history of the essay as a literary genre.
- Read a variety of essays form a variety of essayists.
- Experiment with writing different kinds of essays, such as personal essays, op-eds, commentaries, and rants.
- Share writing with one another both for revision and entertainment.
- Play around with some multimodal forms of composition.
Meet the Professor
Dr. Jason Courtmanche (Associate Professor in Residence; Director of Connecticut Writing Project) is a former high school English teacher who became an English college professor. He works primarily with undergraduates who want to be high school English teachers but also works with high school English teachers who teach the UConn Early College Experience course. If you are a student in Connecticut, there is a good chance that Jason taught one or more of your English teachers. He has won several teaching awards and has published academic essays, personal essay, poetry, and the rare work of fiction. He runs the Connecticut Student Writers contest, Letters About Literature, and the Scholastic Writing Awards. If you want to know more about what he does, check out his blog, The Write Space.