Expository Writing Intensive: How to Write Great Papers

III. August 8–12, 2022
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10–11:00 a.m. and 1:10–3:00 p.m.
Barbara Morris, Anne Summers

"I liked how the class was very interactive. It was not just sit down and write a paper; It was more about being involved in the class.” – From a program course evaluation

Course Description

Participants learn how to read challenging texts and write about them clearly and coherently, assess and think critically about their own writing, and improve writing skills through in-class exercises, homework, and revisions. Readings for the course are taken from several disciplines, including literature, history, journalism, and social sciences.

This course enables students to identify their strengths and weaknesses in writing and to improve their skills through individual and group work. We read and analyze short essays that exemplify good writing, and we learn how to define a thesis, organize an essay, and incorporate appropriate vocabulary.

Participants are required to read a text and provide a synopsis; they also create a research project to outline and write an abstract. The class uses games as a mode to learn more advanced vocabulary. By the end of the week, students will have become not only better writers but also better and clearer thinkers.


Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris is a University of Chicago Ph.D. and the co-founder of a pioneering program in graduate research and writing at Parsons the New School for Design in the division of Art, Media and Technology. She has worked as a professor of film and literature at UCLA, Rutgers University, and Fordham University. Dr. Morris has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Committee, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the governments of Spain, the United States, and Argentina for her work in cinema studies.

Anne Summers

Anne Summers received her B.A. from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. She was a Graduate Council Fellowship recipient at Stony Brook and holds an additional graduate certificate in women's studies. Her research focuses on perception in nineteenth-century literature and her publications include articles on Vernon Lee, Olive Schreiner, and Henry James. Anne is currently a Lecturer in the Department of English and Communications at Norwich University, where she teaches first-year writing and literature. She has previously taught undergraduate courses at both Stony Brook University and Manhattan College.

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