Instructor: Doug Pike Required Materials: The novel or other piece of literature from which the student is working and a fully charged and functional laptop. In this class, students will continue to analyze the novels they are reading in The American Novel – and Other Literature and learn, practice, and continue to develop the valuable skills necessary to master writing expository, persuasive essays in a workshop environment – a skill that translates into every aspect of life; from college and job applications to grant proposals to dissertation defenses. Students will learn to organize their thoughts, develop logical arguments, and utilize facts garnered from the novels we read and elsewhere to support those arguments. Ultimately, they will begin to learn how to persuade through thoughtful writing. Learning to write is an on-going endeavor, and students thus are invited to join regardless of their stage in learning to write. The only pre-requisite is that they also are enrolled in The American Novel – and Other Literature. Those who wish to take this class who are not enrolled in The American Novel – and Other Literature would need to contact me.