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Writing Series: Essay Writing

The ability to write a good essay is a foundational block that can unlock great numbers of opportunities.  This course will examine the nature and structure of essays; the various types of essays.  When completed, this workshop should enable the student to better understand how good essays are written and how to go about writing them for academic or professional use.

The Instructor

 

Jason Campbell has extensive experience as a professional writer and artist. As a decorated College English Instructor he has taught numerous students the academic art of writing through forms such as the essay and effective business writing.  

 

Outside of the classroom, Jason is a published poet and writer who’s performed poetry across Canada. He has written three screenplays, is the C.I.O. for the television show Highways to Fairways, now in it’s second season, and also wrote and directed the short film Smoke. Jason is deeply passionate about the arts and wishes to share his skills and experiences with like minded individuals. 

SCHEDULE: Essay Writing

 

0:00 – 0:15 - Welcome

 

0:15 – 0:45 - Lesson 1: The Essay as a Form: Anatomy of an Essay

 

0:45 – 1:00 - Activity 1: The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson

 

1:00 – 1:30 - Assignment 1: Dissect an Essay

 

1:30  – 1:40 - Break

 

1:40 –  2:00 - Lesson 2: Types of Essays (Persuasive, Argumentative, Narrative)

 

1:45 – 2:00 - Activity 2: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

                                

2:00 – 2:10 -  Activity 2: A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

 

2:10 – 2:20 - Assignment 2: Select a Topic, Tone and Theme

 

2:20 – 2:40 - Lesson 3: Selecting your Topic and Developing your Thesis

 

2:45 – 3:00 - Activity 3: Title, Topic, Tone and Theme by Jason Campbell

 

2:45 – 3:00 - Assignment 3: Write a Thesis

 

 

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