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It Ain’t Gonna Right Itself: A Writing Laboratory
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Topics covered in this laboratory: moving beyond the first draft, personal narratives, thematic writing, audience identification, poetry, prose, and letter writing, editing techniques, publication resources.

Truth, writing can be everyone’s forte; but without the right tools, references, comparative or Literature becoming a good writer may seem impossible. The question you have to ask yourself is, why do you want effective writing skills? The answer is simple, effective writing skills represent good communication

Whether you’re grant writing, filling out job applications, editing a resume,  reviewing proposal submissions, or simply producing a novel, memoir, or collection of poetry, this writing lab has resources for you. The purpose of his laboratory is to provide you with tools that will empower your written voice, jump-start your creative and professional writing process.

Work. Each week you will be provided with a series of texts, writing, exercises, multimedia links, and supplementary resources. Additionally, there will also be opportunities for you to perform a bit of show-and-tell with your own writing. It is my belief that to become a great writer is to read and become well acquainted with great literature. Throughout the duration of course we will examine various works utilizing a wide range of literary devices– some of which will be the focus of our online discussions.

For your discussion responses, I  urge you to post no later than 8pm on the dates specified on the Laboratory Calendar, this will give me an opportunity to digest your works prior to the next meeting. My recommendation is that you compose your discussion responses in Word (or Open Office), then copy and pasting your response to the discussion forum.

Ideally, your discussion responses will be between 400-1500 words. These responses are, of course, informal; despite the informality, they should be thoughtful nonetheless. Within your compositions you may gripe, question, object, or ask for clarification. Ultimately, the discussion forums are one of several tools that we will be using to get us into the practice of writing with purpose and focus. Heated discussions are fine, but please refrain from “makin’ it personal” and keep abusive (racist, sexist, and classist) language out of the forums. In short, keep it civil.

Texts. Yes, this course will require some reading on your behalf– but hey, it will improve your writing– consider it an personal investment. Much of our reading material will consist of texts that are scattered around the web– poetry, letters, short stories, author interviews–  you will be able to access all of the reading via the Laboratory course reader. Your individual user name and password will give you access to all the material.

Required texts:

Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the Sower. New York, NY: Warner Books, 1993. Print.

Menjivar, Michael Ray. 20XII: The Published Works of Michael Ray De Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, CA: Citizens of the Matrix Press, 2013. Print

Recommended texts:

Murfin, Ross C., and Supryia M. Ray. The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. Boston: Bedford, 1997. Print.

Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.