Welcome to Writing & Rhetoric at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi!

A Very Important Note:

  • I teach both English AND Seminar! Therefore, be EXTRA careful when navigating my wiki page that you aren't looking at assignments for this class that are for my Seminar sections. In other words, if you are looking for assignments for this class, be sure to navigate through the Writing and Rhetoric wiki link, not other stuff.

Introductions & What This Class Is About:

  • Who are you? (Let's make sure we know each other!)
    • Where are you from?
    • What are your hobbies?
    • What is your favorite movie/musician/artist/author?
    • What do you enjoy reading?
    • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
    • What is the weirdest thing about you?
  • Who am I?
  • What is "Rhetoric?"

Writing is Transmogrative!

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

Make sure you are able to log on to the computers. In Blackboard, let's navigate to the Freewriting link and answer 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."

Other Stuff:


  • Continue thinking about the in-class writing.
    • Bring a terrible piece of writing to class on Thursday. It doesn't matter why you think it's terrible, so long as you can explain it.
  • Read the syllabus!
  • Get familiar with this web site. Click on the links and figure out where stuff is.
  • READ "Shitty First Drafts" by Anne Lamott.