Course Description


R.A. Robbins, Ricks, Schalick, Wallinger


Prerequisite: LAWR 1 and 2

While writing practice is basic to writing improvement, another key way to strengthen writing skills

involves reading the writing of others to offer a careful response to the text (as opposed to the more

common way of reading for information). Moreover, by assessing and integrating peer feedback, the writer

has the ability to stay in control of and be responsible for her own writing.

Many composition programs at the undergraduate level have thus created some form of writing group in

which students take the lead in providing directed feedback to other students. Using the undergraduate

model, students in this course provide peer review to each other's work. The professor facilitates the

feedback and provides additional peer review. Each section of this course is limited to eight to sixteen

students, at the professor’s discretion, and meets one or more hours a week. There is writing product at the end of the course, but there is also a heavy emphasis on writing process. Most weeks the group responds to a piece written by a group member, but the group also reads examples of good writing and studies advanced writing techniques.

Students should come to the course with writing projects already in mind. These can be

completed writings that need substantial revising; writing projects that are in development but that need

completion; or new research and writing projects, which may be suggested by the professor. All writing

projects are subject to the professor's approval. Examples might include briefs, judicial opinions, or longer memos that were written for a course or for a pro bono or work experience (redacted to

preserve client confidentiality) or a piece of academic or seminar-style writing.

Last updated April 21, 2015.