VU Course ID: W305
Curriculum: 26 sessions
Fee: FREE
Textbooks:
  • Writing Worth Reading
  • Writing Nature
  • Silent Spring
  • Prerequisites: None
    Developer: Prof. Cynthia Taf
    Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Recordable: Yes

    Course Description

    Environmentalists have traditionally relied upon the power of their prose to transform the thoughts and behavior of their contemporaries. In this class, we will do our best to follow in their footsteps. We will consider the strategies of popular science writers, lesser-known geologists, biologists, and hydrologists, and famous environmentalists. Students will have a chance to try out several ways of characterizing and explaining natural environments. Weekly writing exercises will help students develop and explore material for the longer papers.

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