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WRTG 3020 Topics in Writing: Food and Culture


Dawn Colley

Email:  Colley@Colorado.EDU


The purpose of this course is to develop your writer’s voice and close critical reading while writing papers in a language that is acceptable in both academic and non-academic environments. This means that you will be exploring and developing yourself as a thinker and writer in relation to the communities you participate in. The crucial issue for you as a developing writer is the negotiation, exploration, and synthesis of the space between your own personal voice and the on-going discourses within academic and civic communities. As a class we will engage with a disparate community of writers whose texts intend to influence our understanding of how knowledge is created, shaped and interpreted. In creating our own community, we will approach discussions and writing with the assumptions that we are all members of a diverse intellectual community.

Effective Application: There will be times when I lecture around certain ideas, concepts, themes and guidelines, but for the most part this class is collaborative learning. You don’t just learn from me, you learn from each other. This happens in several ways: during small group and full class discussions (in class and online), when you give each other feedback on your paper’s drafts, in one-on-one conferences with me, and when you conduct research.

This upper division course concentrates on helping you to understand how the way you write creates an impression of who you are—by understanding this relationship, you will be better prepared to construct the “you” that will most benefit your audience (and thereby your argument).


Our work in this course will:

  • Make explicit the distinction between civic and academic writings.
  • Familiarize you with the various genres of writing connected with the course themes.
  • Refine critical thinking skills and rhetorical practices that adopt from one writing task to another, and from discipline to discipline.
  • Encourage a sustained focus on revision and rethinking your writing in order to better articulate your analytical and persuasive skills when communicating across disciplines.
  • Address multiple forms of communication: written, oral, formal and interpersonal.
  • Emphasize collaboration on communication issues (peer responses, critiques and editing, working in teams)
  • Respect and challenge each other by recognizing one another as intellectual resources beyond the assigned reading material—in terms of your own writing and speaking, your disciplinary interests and your role as readers and writers.


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  • Food Narrative 100
  • Persuasive Essay Project 200
  • Letter Project 150
  • Video Presentation 150
  • Grammar Quizzes 50
  • Online Collaborative Projects (including a rhetorical analysis video, discussions, and workshops) 350
  • A 93+, A- 90-92
  • B+ 87-89, B 83-86, B- 80-82
  • C+ 77-79, C 73-76, C- 70-72
  • D+ 67-69, D 63-66, D- 60-62
  • F Below 60

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Boulder, Colorado