All first-year students are required to complete two topic-based courses in expository writing, Writing the Essay I and II. Writing the Essay I helps students to formulate, develop, and express ideas through a process of writing and revisions. Students begin with familiar formats (like the personal essay) then move on to more analytical writing (the critical essay). In Writing the Essay II, students develop a clear and forceful prose style through close reading and consistent work in writing and revision. Students explore research methods and produce at least one in-depth essay that requires library research.

Contact: Director of First-Year Writing, Scott Korb, korbs@newschool.edu. Students interested in a perspective on Scott’s teaching, his writing, and what he’s reading can visit his New School portfolio.

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