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Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (4 weeks)
March 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Dates: Tues. 10:00 – 12:00 Mar. 10 – Mar. 31
GPS Credit: 4
This course is designed for graduate students who are conducting research towards a PhD or Master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences. In order for a research paper to be clear to readers, it must first be crystal clear in the mind of its author. Whether you are writing a course paper, a journal article, or a thesis, this course will help you clarify in your own mind the content and structure of your argument before you begin to write. Participants will be introduced to a range of strategies for developing and organizing their ideas – strategies such as organizing notes through key words, outlining, diagramming and use of Aristotle’s Topics – and will be encouraged to consider which strategies work best given their own learning styles. Drawing on techniques from classical rhetoric, the course will give students the chance to practice strategies for investigating and organizing ideas at both the pre-writing and mid-writing stages.
Course duration: 4 weeks.