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Course Schedule

The following schedule offers a provisional plan for all work throughout the semester. We may revise it as needed. PDF readings are available for download at EMU Online (see Doc Sharing).

1.Week of Jan. 9-13
Tu.10 Introductions
In class: Syllabus and Schedule
Th.12 How Technology Enframes: A Brief History
Read: Baron, "From Pencils to Pixels" (PDF)
In-class: P1.Elements of Style Remake setup
*DUE: SP#1

2.Week of Jan. 16-20
Tu.17 How Style Enframes: Another Brief History
Read: Crowley and Hawhee, "Style," Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students, pp. 229-263 (PDF)
Th.19 The Elements of Style
Project: What is a remake?
Read: Strunk and White, The Elements of Style, Foreword, Introduction, and pp. 1-33.
Read: Any two articles/pieces from EM-Journal issue 1.1 Elements

3.Week of Jan. 23-27
Tu.24 The Elements of Style, cont.
Read: Pell, The Marquis de Sade Elements of Style, selections (PDF)
Read: Elements of Style, pp. 34-85.
Th.26 P1 Peer Response Workshop
Bring materials and drafts
In class: Project development

4.Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 3
Tu.31 DUE: P1.Elements of Style Remake
In class: P2.Tropes Setup
Th.2 Characters and Actions
Read: Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, Preface and pp. 1-43 (PDF)
*DUE: SP#2

5.Week of Feb. 6-10 (Conferences)
Tu.7 Individual Conferences
Th.9 Individual Conferences

6.Week of Feb. 13-17
Tu.14 Navigating Genres
Read: Dirk, "Navigating Genres" (PDF)
Genre profiles: poster and wiki entry
Genre transformation
Th.16 P2.Tropes Workshop
Bring all materials
In class: Project development

7.Week of Feb. 20-24
Tu.21 DUE: P2.Tropes (Carry poster to class)
Th.23 In class: Midterm Evaluation
Introduce Style x4
Choosing a nonfiction passage
Project One revision due (see "Add-ons" in syllabus)

8.Week of Feb. 27-Mar.2
Spring Recess

9.Week of Mar. 5-9
Tu.6 Sentences
Read: Tufte, "Short Sentences," from Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style (PDF)
*DUE: SP#3
In class: Syntax analysis for style's sake
Th.8 Paramedic Method
Read: From Lanham's The Longman Guide to Revising Prose (PDF)
In class: Applying the P-M

10.Week of Mar. 12-16
Tu.13 Oulipo Logic
Read: Selection from Queneau, Exercises in Style (PDF)
Read: Selections from Matt Madden (PDF)
P3: Commit to a non-fiction passage
Th.15 Workshop - Writing with Pictures
Read: Selections from Scott McCloud (PDF)
In class: Blaze: Writing with Pictures
*DUE: SP#4

11.Week of Mar. 19-23
Tu.20 Typography
Helvetica film
Th.22 No class (CCCC)

12.Week of Mar. 26-30
Tu.27 Imagetext
Read: Wysocki, "Awaywithwords: On the Possibilities in Unavailable Designs" (PDF)
*DUE: SP#5
Project Two revision due (see "Add-ons" in syllabus)
Th.29 Workshop
In class: Project 3 Development
DUE: Draft of P3.Style x4

13.Week of Apr. 2-6
Tu.3 Ignite Series
Read: Selection from Reynolds' Presentation Zen (PDF)
In class: Ignite Series Overview
Addiction! Staying Afloat in the Age of the Stream (in class)
Th.5 Workshop
In class: P3 and Presentation Development

14.Week of Apr. 9-13
Tu.10 Building a Slidedeck
Working with Photos
Flickr Creative Commons
Th.12 Workshop
In class: Presentation Development and P3 Revisions
Fr.13 DUE: P3.Style x4

15.Week of Apr. 16-20
Tu.17 Ignite Series
In class: Presentation comment-evaluation
Th.19 Ignite Series
In class: Presentation comment-evaluation

16.Week of Apr. 22
Final exam due

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"Neither The Elements of Style nor any other style book can be the definitive text on writing in every genre or media." —ENGL328 student, Fall 2009

"We concentrate on utility at the expense of joie de vivre. And we then wonder, as de Tocqueville prophesied we would, why life has lost its savor" (19). —Richard Lanham, Style: An Anti-textbook

"Style, as we know it, is not 'mechanics' but, rather, a rhetorical canon inseparable from the contingencies of purpose, audience, form, and historical or social context in which a communicative act takes place" (327). —Cornelius Cosgrove, "What Our Graduates Write"

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