ENWR 101 Section 6
University of Virginia
This class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 to 12:15, in Bryan Hall Room 203.
ENWR 101 is a writing seminar in which you will improve your ability to write
clear and effective prose. Since most of your grades here at the University will
be based on written work (regardless of your major), becoming a competent writer is essential to your academic
success. Beyond this short-term goal, however, this course will help you acquire the
life-long habit of thinking, reading, and writing critically. A critical
approach involves asking questions about an idea or an argument, and developing
your own well-structured and well-supported response. Given the high-tech multi-media
blitz we all face every day, it is no exaggeration to say that critical thinking may
well be the ultimate survival skill of these, the last years of the 20th Century. Accordingly,
most of our time will be spent in hands-on workshops and discussions, rather than lectures.
Your full preparation and participation are both expected and essential.
Because this class meets in the English Department's electronic classroom, we
will be making extensive use of computers and other technological resources. All
of you will be expected to learn how to use electronic mail, and to find and
read documents on the Internet's World Wide Web.
It will also be necessary for all of you to become famaliar with the WordPerfect software package, and the Windows
operating environment. Some complexity here is probably inevitable. If this is starting to sound
like extra work to you, be forewarned: it will be. However, none of these skills are required or assumed of you in
advance. What is required is patience, an open mind, and the willingness
to learn some new skills, and some new ways of doing things.
Those of you who are not willing to take on this extra responsibility should simply switch to a different ENWR section now, at the beginning of the semester. If you choose to remain here, however, you can
expect to learn skills that will be valuable to you throughout your time here at the University, and which may well one day
impress a prospective employer--or perhaps even lead you along a whole new career path.
This page was created and is maintained by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Department
of English, University of Virginia.