English 165

Special Topics: Arts of Writing: Academic Writing, Grant Writing, Food Writing

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
8 Spring 2016 Schweik, Susan
Rahimtoola, Samia Shabnam
TTh 11-12:30 301 Wheeler

Book List

Gilbert, Sandra and Roger Porter: Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing ; Karsh, Ellen and Arlen Sue Fox: The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need ; McElrath , Tori O’Neal: Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals

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A course reader


This course for juniors and seniors will help students develop writing skills through intensive focus on the demands of three very different modes: academic argument, popular and creative food writing (essay, poetry, travel, memoir, manifesto), and grant-writing. Reading and thinking together about good food, slow food, food memory, food access, sustainability, health, hunger, student food insecurity and food justice, we will alternate between 1) working on key skills for sophisticated academic writing, 2) writing creatively, meditatively, politically and playfully about food, and 3) collaborating on drafting an actual grant application in partnership with a local community organization. This last will be at the heart of this service-learning course.

Nadine Cruz has written: “Service is a process of integrating intention with action in a context of movement toward a just relationship…an intentionally designed program, a process of learning through reflection on the experience of doing service.” Writing is necessary for a great deal of action in the world, and it is a critical tool for reflection. Students in this class will hone argumentative and creative writing skills, learn the basics of the grant-writing process, gain valuable real-world writing experience, and explore ways of using writing as a tool for integrating action, intention and reflection. Plus we'll eat well and maybe cook together.

This small seminar will be limited to twelve students.

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