syllabus

cracking the code: investigation & identity

english 131 | university of washington

People make meaning like bees make honey. Gathering experiences and images like bits of pollen and synthesizing it into something new, rich, and uniquely ours…” 

Writing is an act of investigation: of ourselves, our experiences, others and their experiences. This course is not a creative writing course -- but it’s not a traditional research paper course, either. We’ll navigate this intersection through a series of multigenre projects like Personal Abecedarii Poems, Word Historiography, Annotated Bibliographies, and Research Portfolios, to explore different codes -- language varieties -- and the rhetorical skills needed to crack them. 

“Respect the meaning you make. ... The wisdom you craft, sweet and golden on your tongue.” (The CryptoNaturalist)