Master the College Essay: The Core Four of Academic Writing
What you'll learn
- The organization and structure of the college essay
- The purpose of the college essay--and how to use that purpose to ace your writing assignments
- How to compose the four major parts of your essay (the thesis statement, introduction paragraph, body paragraphs, and conclusion paragraph)
- How to achieve cohesion in your academic writing so you wow your grader and earn "A"s
- A desire to learn and succeed in academic writing
In this course, you'll discover how to structure and compose the key elements of your academic essay: the thesis statement, body paragraphs, introduction paragraph, and conclusion paragraph. We'll take each component one at time to ensure you know exactly what to include--and what NOT to include--in each. We'll also go over illustrative examples, and the course also includes optional quizzes so you can test your learning as you progress!
Who this course is for:
- Anyone looking for success in college writing
Greetings and thank you for your interest in this course!
I’ve been teaching academic writing for almost two decades now, both at the university and community college level. I’ve taught courses such as College Writing I & II, English Composition I & II, American literature, World Literature, College Prep Writing, GED Writing, and Developmental Writing, among others...
In addition to teaching writing, I, too, am a writer. My work has been published in academic and trade journals, books, web series, blogs, and many other places—including my own books.
My first book, Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond (Penguin, 2014) is the basis of this course. I wrote it for my students while teaching at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. (My students detested their giant, confusing, all-inclusive writing manual, so I created for them instead a series of easy-to-understand handouts. These concise handouts outlined the crucial lessons the students needed to master for success in academic writing. They loved the handouts so much they insisted I turn them into a book for future students. So, I did!)
As a fellow writer, I’m happy to tell you there is a secret to successful writing, and it’s one you can absolutely learn. Here it is: Successful writing is the result not of talent but of following a process. Writing is not a skill you either “have” or you don’t.
Let me repeat that point for emphasis: Writing is NOT a skill you either have or you don’t.
Writing is a skill that is developed and acquired through effort, practice, and persistence—and it helps immensely to have a trusted guide walk you through the process. This is, of course, where I come into the picture. I’m going to walk you through the process to successful academic writing—step by step by step. We'll cover everything you need to succeed in your academic writing assignments.
Sign up for the class today, and let’s get you started. The sooner you begin, the sooner you'll arrive at your success.
Take care, and I look forward to seeing you in class...