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Becoming a Better Writer

Stephen Brewer,

Core: Writing & Speaking

Course Description

Writing skills are valuable in every career and academic pursuit, so it's imperative that Honors students have all the tools necessary to be excellent writers. In this course, we'll explore the elements of good writing, and get lots of practice in writing and editing nonfiction and short fiction. Topics will include style, voice, grammar, dialogue and sentence structure. Creativity and clarity are the goals. We'll treat the class as a writing workshop, critiquing each others' work and focusing on the craft of clear communication.

Readings and Texts

"On Writing Well" by William Zinsser. Further readings online and in class. 

Films and Other Course Materials


Course Fee


Student Requirements

Students will read from Zinsser each week and complete a writing assignment outside of class. These writing assignments typically will be short, but students will be expected to rewrite and edit so the papers will be polished upon delivery. Several of the assignments require students to "cover" an event or lecture as a reporter would. We'll also write short pieces in class each week, so attendance is mandatory.

About the Instructor

Steve Brewer has published 25 crime novels, plus several short stories and two humor books. He has taught writing at national seminars, including the Midwest Writers Workshop. A graduate of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, he also has been an award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist.