Welcome to Texas A & M Corpus Christi and to Learning Community E: Courage, Conviction & Composition!

Introductions & What This Class Is About

"For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts." from Anne Lamott, "Shitty First Drafts"

  • The difference between a "writing" class and an "English" class
  • My life as a writer
    • I wrote every day, on deadline, from 1991-2003 when I was a broadcast journalist!
    • Here's one example of work I've published as a Technical and Professional Writer

What Does Writing Have to Do with Courage?

Let's Do Some Writing (It's a writing class, remember?)

Log in to Black Board and click on your English Class. Then, go to Journals. Click on the journal assignment for Sep 6. Copy and paste the prompts into the response box, so you'll have them handy. To do this in Bb, you have to use CTRL C and CTRL V. The, respond to the following prompts:

  • Think of a published piece of writing that you've read that's been significant to you. It could be a book, a song, a poem, a tweet, or a bumper sticker. Why is this piece of writing meaningful to you?
  • Do you know who wrote the piece?
  • How would you describe the genre of writing (short story, song, poem, etc.)
  • When this particular piece of writing was published, who do you think the intended audience was?
  • Is there a "back story" to why this piece of writing was published? Did something happen that prompted the writer to sit down and compose it?
  • Now, describe how this piece of writing "went out into the world and made something happen."

Make sure you SAVE this document...but not on the classroom computer. Save it on your laptop, USB drive, email it to yourself, etc. Be sure and bring this piece of writing with you (either electronic or printed version) to class on Tuesday.

The Nitty Gritty

This is the 1st Day Hand-Out (it is NOT the syllabus!)

  • What is Triad E and what the heck is a Learning Community? (You will be hearing, or have already heard, more about this in History and in Seminar). Oh, and shout out to Ms. Marquez !!!
  • Using technology in the writing class room.


  • Finish the in-class writing if you didn't have time in class.
  • READ "Shitty First Drafts" by Anne Lamott AND pp. 15-34 in your text, Naming What We Know. (BTW, hereafter, I'll refer to our text simply as NWWK. Come to class on Monday prepared to contribute thoughtfully to our discussion. You may want to jot some of your thoughts down on paper, hint hint.
  • If you were having login issues on the first day, make sure these are resolved ASAP. Go to passwords.tamucc.edu or call the help desk at (361) 825-2692.
  • We will not meet face to face on Friday. Instead, you will have an online assignment. Click on Friday's Class Plans for detailed instructions. YOU STILL MUST ATTEND HISTORY ON FRIDAY.
  • Don't Forget: If You Have Been Impacted by Harvey, there is HELP! http://tamucc.edu/islanderhelp/