Course Schedule

All readings should be completed before class on the date they appear on the syllabus (this means you should have read "Die Hard, Hetaerae, and Problematic Pin-Ups: A Rant," "What's So Scary about Strong Female Protagonists, Anyway?", and "In Defense of Unlikable Women," and have watched the Lynda.com video before class on Friday, 9/14). Unless otherwise noted, all assignments should be completed and/or submitted before class time on the date that they are due (this means that you should submit your introductory reflection before class on Monday, 9/10).

Date Readings and discussion topics Assignments
Unit I
F 9/7 What does it mean to write in public?
Crafting your online idenitity
M 9/10 Kameron Hurley, "Introduction: Welcome to the Revolution," 13-19
"I'll Make the Pancakes: On Opting In--and Out--of the Writing Game," 35-43
"Wives, Warlords, and Refugees: The People Economy of Mad Max," 84-92
"Entering Class Discussions," They Say/I Say, 162-165
Introductory reflection due
Choose a domain name
W 9/12 Hurley, "Unpacking the 'Real Writers Have Talent' Myth," 54-59
"Some Men Are More Monstrous Than Others: On True Detective's Men and Monsters," 63-74
"Reading for the Conversation," They Say/I Say, 176-186
WordPress Essential Training, "Getting to Know WordPress" and "Getting Started" (watch all videos in each section)
F 9/14 Hurley, "Die Hard, Hetaerae, and Problematic Pin-Ups: A Rant," 75-83
"What's So Scary about Strong Female Protagonists, Anyway?", 105-108
"In Defense of Unlikable Women," 109-113
WordPress Essential Training, "Creating Posts" and "Adding Images and Media" (watch all videos in each section)
Set up your website
"About" page due
M 9/17 Hurley, "Making People Care: Storytelling in Fiction vs. Marketing," 129-133
"Public Speaking While Fat," 156-162
"Becoming What You Hate," 175-184
Short analysis due (Sakai)
W 9/19 Hurley, "It's About Ethics in Dating," 228-233
"Hijacking the Hugo Awards," 234-238
"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On Empathy and the Power of Privilege," 244-250
"The Art of Summarizing," They Say/I Say, 30-42
F 9/21 Hurley, "Rage Doesn't Exist in a Vacuum," 251-256
"Why I'm Not Afraid of the Internet," 257-260
"We Have Always Fought: Challenging the 'Women, Cattle, and Slaves' Narrative," 261-272
"Epilogue: What Are We Fighting For?" 273-276
"The Art of Quoting," They Say/I Say, 43-52
Broadview Guide to Writing, 72-79
M 9/24 "Saying Why It Matters" and "Connecting the Parts," They Say/I Say, 91-116 Paper I draft for peer review due (Box)
T 9/25, 5 PM Peer review feedback due (consult the peer review guidelines for details)
W 9/26 Broadview Guide to Writing, 394-403 and 573-598
Understanding citations
Peer review discussion
Peer review reflection due
F 9/28 Broadview Guide to Writing, 101-102 and 559-570
"Entering Online Conversations,"They Say/I Say, 166-175
WordPress Essential Training, "Getting, and Interacting With, Readers" (watch all videos in this section)
Digital communication and you
Social media and public writing
Paper I due (Sakai)
Unit II
M 10/1 Anne Helen Peterson, “How Kim Kardashian Pushed The Boundaries Of Celebrity Pregnancy,” Buzzfeed
Sarah Blackwood, “Monstrous Births,” The Hairpin
W 10/3 Michael Hobbes, "FML," Huffington Post Highline
Malcolm Harris, "The Working Classroom," Harper's
Jia Tolentino, "Refinery29, Kylie Jenner, and the Denial Underlying Millennial Financial Resentment", The New Yorker
F 10/5 Elizabeth Catte, "Liberal shaming of Appalachia: Inside the media elite's obsession with the 'hillbilly problem'" Salon
June Thunderstorm, "Off Our Butts," The Baffler
Sarah Smarsh, "Poor Teeth" Aeon
M 10/8 Laura Turner, "The Good Wife: How the Cult of Domesticity Still Reigns in the 21st Century," Pacific Standard
Emily Matchar, "The Complex, Often Idealistic Reasons Feminists Become Housewives," The Atlantic
"Know Your Sources," Portland Community College Library
Evaluating popular sources
W 10/10 n+1 editors, "The New Reading Environment," n+1
Paper II workshop
F 10/12 No class Paper I revision due (Sakai)
M 10/15 Broadview Guide to Writing, 147, 163-170, 186-214
Style workshop: Voice, agency and clarity
Paper II draft for peer review due (Box)
T 10/16, 5 PM Peer review feedback due (consult the peer review guidelines for details)
W 10/17 Frankenreferences
Peer review discussion
Peer review reflection due
F 10/19 Broadview Guide to Writing, 105-146
"The Radical Copyeditor's Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People"
"Abelism/Language"
Style workshop: Using language carefully
Mid-semester reflection due
Paper II due (Sakai)
Unit III
M 10/22 The Fire This Time, 1-61
W 10/24 The Fire This Time, 63-127
F 10/26 The Fire This Time, 129-177 Paper II revision due (Sakai)
M 10/29 The Fire This Time, 179-215
W 10/31 Broadview Guide to Writing, 16-29
Search Strategies 101
Class meets in Leyburn Library
Fill out the research questionnaire before class
Th 11/1 Paper conferences
F 11/2 "Entering the Conversation" and "Starting with What Others Are Saying," They Say/I Say, 1-29
Evaluating scholarly sources
M 11/5 Broadview Guide to Writing, 80-91
Style workshop: Tone and wordiness
Paper III draft for peer review due (Box)
T 11/6, 5 PM Peer review feedback due (consult the peer review guidelines for details)
W 11/7 Peer review discussion
Revision workshop
Peer review reflection due
F 11/9 Broadview Guide to Writing, 102-103
Can I use that? Copyright and media
WordPress Essential Training, "Changing the Appearance of Your Site" (watch at least four videos that will help with your site design)
Web design workshop
Paper III due (Sakai)
Unit IV
M 11/12 Workshop and troubleshooting
"Three Ways to Respond," They Say/I Say, 53-66
"Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say," They Say/I Say, 67-76
W 11/14 Group 1 selects readings and leads discussion
F 11/16 Group 2 selects readings and leads discussion Last day to turn in revised work for comments
Thanksgiving Break
M 11/26 Group 3 selects readings and leads discussion
"Planting a Naysayer in Your Text," They Say/I Say, 77-90
Paper III revision due (Sakai)
W 11/28 Group 4 selects readings and leads discussion
"The Art of Metacommentary," They Say/I Say, 131-140
F 11/30 Group 5 selects readings and leads discussion
M 12/3 Guest lecture Paper IV draft for peer review due (Box)
T 12/4, 5 PM Peer review feedback due (consult the peer review guidelines for details)
W 12/5 Peer review discussion
Paper IV design workshop
Peer review reflection due
Final reflection due
F 12/7 Broadview Guide to Writing, 475-526 (Read the sections that apply to your potential major(s))
Writing in the Disciplines
Paper IV due
Last day to turn in revised work
F 12/14
Noon
Paper IV revision due
  • What does it mean to write in public?
  • Crafting your online idenitity
  • Kameron Hurley, "Introduction: Welcome to the Revolution," 13-19
    "I'll Make the Pancakes: On Opting In--and Out--of the Writing Game," 35-43
    "Wives, Warlords, and Refugees: The People Economy of Mad Max," 84-92
  • "Entering Class Discussions," They Say/I Say, 162-165
  • Introductory reflection due
  • Choose a domain name
  • Hurley, "Unpacking the 'Real Writers Have Talent' Myth," 54-59
    "Some Men Are More Monstrous Than Others: On True Detective's Men and Monsters," 63-74
  • "Reading for the Conversation," They Say/I Say, 176-186
  • WordPress Essential Training, "Getting to Know WordPress" and "Getting Started" (watch all videos in each section)
  • Hurley, "Die Hard, Hetaerae, and Problematic Pin-Ups: A Rant," 75-83
    "What's So Scary about Strong Female Protagonists, Anyway?", 105-108
    "In Defense of Unlikable Women," 109-113
  • WordPress Essential Training, "Creating Posts" and "Adding Images and Media" (watch all videos in each section)
  • Set up your website
  • "About" page due
  • Hurley, "Making People Care: Storytelling in Fiction vs. Marketing," 129-133
    "Public Speaking While Fat," 156-162
    "Becoming What You Hate," 175-184
  • Short analysis due (Sakai)
  • Hurley, "It's About Ethics in Dating," 228-233
    "Hijacking the Hugo Awards," 234-238
    "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On Empathy and the Power of Privilege," 244-250
  • "The Art of Summarizing," They Say/I Say, 30-42
  • Hurley, "Rage Doesn't Exist in a Vacuum," 251-256
    "Why I'm Not Afraid of the Internet," 257-260
    "We Have Always Fought: Challenging the 'Women, Cattle, and Slaves' Narrative," 261-272
    "Epilogue: What Are We Fighting For?" 273-276
  • "The Art of Quoting," They Say/I Say, 43-52
    Broadview Guide to Writing, 72-79
  • "Saying Why It Matters" and "Connecting the Parts," They Say/I Say, 91-116
  • Paper I draft for peer review due (Box)
  • Broadview Guide to Writing, 394-403 and 573-598
  • Understanding citations
  • Peer review discussion
  • Peer review reflection due
  • Broadview Guide to Writing, 101-102 and 559-570
  • "Entering Online Conversations,"They Say/I Say, 166-175
  • WordPress Essential Training, "Getting, and Interacting With, Readers" (watch all videos in this section)
  • Digital communication and you
  • Social media and public writing
  • Paper I due (Sakai)
  • No class
  • Paper I revision due (Sakai)
  • Broadview Guide to Writing, 147, 163-170, 186-214
  • Style workshop: Voice, agency and clarity
  • Paper II draft for peer review due (Box)
  • The Fire This Time, 1-61
  • The Fire This Time, 63-127
  • The Fire This Time, 179-215
  • Broadview Guide to Writing, 16-29
  • Search Strategies 101
  • Class meets in Leyburn Library
  • Fill out the research questionnaire before class
  • Paper conferences
  • "Entering the Conversation" and "Starting with What Others Are Saying," They Say/I Say, 1-29
  • Evaluating scholarly sources
  • Broadview Guide to Writing, 80-91
  • Style workshop: Tone and wordiness
  • Paper III draft for peer review due (Box)
  • Broadview Guide to Writing, 102-103
  • Can I use that? Copyright and media
  • WordPress Essential Training, "Changing the Appearance of Your Site" (watch at least four videos that will help with your site design)
  • Web design workshop
  • Paper III due (Sakai)
  • Workshop and troubleshooting
  • "Three Ways to Respond," They Say/I Say, 53-66
    "Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say," They Say/I Say, 67-76
  • Group 1 selects readings and leads discussion
  • Group 2 selects readings and leads discussion
  • Last day to turn in revised work for comments
  • Group 3 selects readings and leads discussion
  • "Planting a Naysayer in Your Text," They Say/I Say, 77-90
  • Paper III revision due (Sakai)
  • Group 4 selects readings and leads discussion
  • "The Art of Metacommentary," They Say/I Say, 131-140
  • Group 5 selects readings and leads discussion
  • Assignment
  • Guest lecture
  • Paper IV draft for peer review due (Box)
  • Broadview Guide to Writing, 475-526 (Read the sections that apply to your potential major(s))
  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Paper IV due
  • Last day to turn in revised work