Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD) program


AdvancedWriting in the Disciplines (AWD) program

AdvancedWriting in the Disciplines (AWD) program

TheAWD program is a complex course meant for teaching potential writershow to be good in their craft. It urges the scholars to have uniqueideas when reading and writing. It enables one to look at howknowledge is understood and built in a field. According the &quotweekone letter,&quotthe courses` major aim will be to build a student`s knowledge as wellteach them to be iterative. According to the lecturer`s, learningEnglish should not cease from exploring new ideas. Also, the syllabuscovers the implications of the rhetoric choices of a writer. How dothey affect his/her work in terms of the sentence clarity and thecharting of direction or thoughts of the readers?

Thereis a mention of the essence of online writing workshops. Of whatimportance are they to a writer? It is noted that in this setting oflearning, the authority does not rest with the instructor, but it isdistributed to all the participants. The lecturer asserts thatworkshops should be designed to accommodate and hasten the democraticco-construction of knowledge. The lecturer values this model oflearning since it encourages engagement of the learners (Smothers,Jersyk &amp Oka 2011).

Onthe student`s part, a lot is expected from them to effectively graspwhatever knowledge they are being fed. In my view, as well as thelecturer`s the course is short and intensive. There are a lot oftopics to be covered for a limited duration. I am not required to belate or miss a class. Missing a class may have adverse effects on mygrade project to project. In return, my final course grade willhugely suffer leading to failure in the course. I intend to bring tothe virtual table, the zeal and willingness to learn as well asinteractive topics, questions and observations. In addition, I expectto see the addition of avatars in the virtual platform so as toenliven he participation. I intend to be as interactive as possibleand be in total cooperation with the instructor. I strive to be:

  • Self-motivated and to learn new online technology technics.

  • Self-disciplined-so as to be able to meet various deadlines.

  • Improve my writing skills to match the requirements of the tutor and of the course in general (Smothers, Jersyk &amp Oka 2011).

Iam figuring that this course requires excellent reading and writingskills from both the students and the tutor. They should also bequick learners as the learning will be fast paced. I have found outthat reading is not just a verb but a requisite skill for anyprospective writer. Students should learn to Read like a Writer (RLW)and not for leisure or any other reason. As explained by Bunn (2011),a proficient reader should be able to anticipate what the writer willbe writing about by asking him/herself questions before embarking onany reading. Some of the questions may be:

  • What is the intention of the writer (reason for writing)?

  • Who is the writer targeting and why?

  • What writing technique is he/she using?

  • Is the technique effective?

  • How can I incorporate the technique in my writing?

Also,it is important to note, mark or highlight or underline importantpoints while reading. This may be informed of short notes or bulletpoints. This helps us memorize all that we have learned during areading session (Bunn 2011, p. 81).

Bythe end of the course, I hope to have gained the necessary skills andknowledge to be a competitive and well-revered writer. I understandthe amount of work required and the pressure that the course entails.In addition, I hope to be of help to my fellow learners through ourcontinued learning discussions. As it is put in the &quotweek oneletter,&quot knowledge gained is nothing if it is not passed over toother who may equally need it (Bunn 2011, p. 82).


Bunn,M. (2011).&nbspHowto Read like a Writer.The Saylor Foundation.

Smothers,D., Jersyk, J., &amp Oka, C. (2011). Research Guides. AdvancedWriting for the Disciplines (AWD) Research at NortheasternUniversity Libraries. Style Manuals and Guides.