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Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading & Writing

Dr. Benjamin Hollars

This course is designed to ground first-year students in the reading, writing, and rhetorical demands necessary for success in college and beyond. This class teaches students to be both critical readers of complex texts and critical writers of effective texts. The key to critical reading and writing is rhetorical knowledge. Rhetoric is foundational for this course because it allows you, on the one hand, to understand how other people?s texts affect readers and attempt persuasion, and on the other, to compose effective and purposeful texts yourself. Rhetorical knowledge prepares you to participate in and respond to nearly any conceivable writing situation, whether it be another college course, certain professional demands, or personal needs. At its most basic?but most profound?level, writing is about making choices, and this course teaches you how to identify other writers? choices and how to make your own across a variety of writing situations. More information can be found at: This course is designed to ground first-year students in the reading, writing, and rhetorical demands necessary for success in college and beyond. This class teaches students to be both critical readers of complex texts and critical writers of effective texts. The key to critical reading and writing is rhetorical knowledge. Rhetoric is foundational for this course because it allows you, on the one hand, to understand how other people?s texts affect readers and attempt persuasion, and on the other, to compose effective and purposeful texts yourself. Rhetorical knowledge prepares you to participate in and respond to nearly any conceivable writing situation, whether it be another college course, certain professional demands, or personal needs. At its most basic?but most profound?level, writing is about making choices, and this course teaches you how to identify other writers? choices and how to make your own across a variety of writing situations. More information can be found at: http://www.uwec.edu/Blugoldseminar/index.htm

Meet the Professor!

B.J. Hollars is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America?the winner of the 2012 Society of Midland Author?s Award?Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight For Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa, and a collection of stories, Sightings.