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IAP 2011 Subjects

Writing and Humanistic Studies

21W.794
Graduate Technical Writing Workshop
Steven Strang
Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 13-Jan-2011
Listeners welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq:
Level: G 3 units Standard A - F Grading   

Draft a thesis proposal, thesis chapter, journal article, progress report, or specification, and review basics of engineering writing. Sessions cover the processes of organizing and drafting professional papers, improving writing style, and revising documents. Students determine own projects; each project increment receives instructor's editorial suggestions.
Attend first class to sign up (there is no lottery). Contrary to what it says above, there is no lottery, and no listeners are permitted at individual sessions. (We cannot reprogram that description.)
Contact: Nick Altenbernd, 14E-303, x3-7894, altenb@mit.edu


Steven Strang
This section is for students in Mechanical Engineering.
Wed Jan 12, Tue Jan 18, Thu Jan 20, 09am-12:00pm, 1-273


Steven Strang
This section is for students in Civil+Envir Engr and Media A+S.
Wed Jan 12, Tue Jan 18, Thu Jan 20, 01-04:00pm, 1-273


Steven Strang
This section is for students in Aero-Astro, Bio Engr, Chem Emgr, and TPP-MLog.
Fri Jan 14, Wed Jan 19, Fri Jan 21, 09am-12:00pm, 1-273


Steven Strang
Thsi section is for students in Nuclear Engr and TPP-ESD.
Fri Jan 14, Wed Jan 19, Fri Jan 21, 01-04:00pm, 1-273

21W.798
Special Topics in Writing
Letter Writing
William Corbett
Mon Jan 10 thru Fri Jan 14, 01-03:00pm, 56-167

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 10-Jan-2011
Limited to 15 participants.
No listeners
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

A lottery at the beginning of the first meeting will determine the class list. No exceptions or exemptions to this schedule are possible.

The letter is perhaps our most ubiquitous yet least studied form of writing. Letters can be intimate or business-like, treasured or tossed out, paper-based or digital. Letters permit us to write in a range of voices and styles, and can give us a privileged insight into another person's view of life. We will read and discuss some published letters by several well known authors, and we will practice this supple art form by writing letters of different kinds.
Contact: Nick Altenbernd, 14E-303, x3-7894, altenb@mit.edu


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