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Course Info:

English Writing 1111
Spring 2021
Writing Program
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Northeastern University
ENGW 1111-10 (CRN 31965)
MWTh 8.00 - 9.05am
ENGW 1111-24 (CRN 31977)
TF 8.00 - 9.40am

Welcome to First-Year Writing!

Hearing Voices

Northeastern University First-Year Writing

Instructor Info:

Talia M. Vestri, PhD (she/her)
Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
Writing Program
Northeastern University
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English Writing 1111 is designed to help students practice writing in a workshop setting. We analyze work from various genres and settings in order to understand and evaluate choices that writers and speakers make. We then apply this knowledge to our own writing.


To support this effort, we will learn how to conduct research, how to appeal to different audiences, how to present our ideas verbally, how to give and receive feedback, and how to revise writing. 

In your future industries and professions, your ability to comprehend complex concepts and explain those concepts to other individuals will be valued highly. To cultivate this crucial skill set, we will explore ways to evolve writing at the sentence and paragraph levels and examine how to engage, conceptually and rhetorically, with the opinions of other writers.


For the most part, we will approach writing as a public form of communication. Projects will include a blog that we produce to educate fellow writers; journalistic opinion pieces meant to persuade a general readership; and argumentative, exploratory essays that apply an intellectual concept in new ways.

Have you ever considered who are the members of your personal and professional communities?
How well do you know the voices that represent your community?
Are you familiar with the debates and conversations that are happening right now in your community?
Do you see your own voice as an important constituent of that community?

Our course theme is "Hearing Voices." Through varying mediums, we will be investigating the voices that are part of our communities. We are surrounded by communities. They are such an intimate part of our lives that we do not often look at them reflectively, however. This course will ask you to research, think, and write about a community that matters to you.

These networks might form around collective interests, activities, and/or values. They might have in common a hobby, religion, culture, music, art, recreation, academic pursuit, or something else. Our aim is to begin hearing voices that we have not listened to before, and to uncover our own previously unspoken voices as well.

"Hearing Voices"

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