Class, Tues, 12/06

Some Important Forms


Display your Medium essay on your laptop. Walk around. See what other people have done. Talk with them. Jot down the authors and titles of at least five pieces that impress you. (Let’s make a rule: These pieces cannot be from members of your workshop group.) Note down some common strategies of digitizing that all (or at least most) of these writers use. But also try to note at least one distinctive aspect of each of the pieces you discuss.

Digitizing Worksheet

To Do

Nothing! Wait for an email from me early next week informing you of your final grade. Consider taking another writing course, or even enrolling for the Writing Minor. Say hi to me if we pass each other on The Green or in Memorial!


Class, Tues, 11/29



Copyright and Fair Use

Digitizing Essay Two

Email the link to your essay on Medium to the members of your workshop group. Read through at least two of the pieces you’ve been sent, looking for points where the writers might “digitize” their essays through adding:

  • Hyperlinks
  • Images
  • Video clips
  • Audio clips

Note these possible additions on a piece of paper or in an email to the author. Try to make it as clear as you can what you think the author might do. (For instance, “add image from the ad campaign here”, or “insert link to critic’s essay here”.) If you can suggest a specific image or file, please do so. Try to suggest at least five items the author might add to her or his essay.

We’ll spend about 20 minutes with these pieces. When I call time, read through what your readers have suggested, and do some googling to see if you can make those changes.

To Do

No class on Thurs, 12/01.

  1. Mon, 12/05, 4:00 pm: Post your digitized essay as “Public” to Medium. If you wish to apply for extra credit, send me an email in which you (a) provide the URL for your piece, (b) outline the important ways in which you have digitized your essay [10 points], and (c) point to substantive additions you have made to your actual writing [10 points].
  2. Tues, 12/06: Bring a laptop with you to class. We will have an arcade in which we look at one one another’s digitized essays.

Class, Thurs, 11/17


An affordance is a suggested use—something that an object or technology allows you to do easily or well.

Digital Writing

Writing on

Some Examples

In workshop groups: Look together at one of these essays. How does the writer use the affordances of digital writing to say or do something onscreen that she could not do on the page?

Formatting on Medium

To Do

  1. Class, Tues, 11/29: Post your e1 or e2 to Medium as an Unlisted post. Come to class with your laptop. We will work on your pieces in class.


Class, Tues, 11/15

Speed Editing

Each of you will be responsible for reading and editing five essays with regard to only one of the following categories. You will have 4 minutes to read each piece.


  • Document: 1.25″ margins, different first page
  • First page: Name, E110, Assignment, Date, sans serif, 1.0 spacing
  • Title: Bold, centered, sans serif
  • Paratext: Subheads, running head, sans serif
  • ¶s: 0.25 or 0.5 indent, 1.5 spacing, 6 points between ¶s, serif
  • BLQs: Indented left and right, 1.0 spacing

Quotations (In-Text)

  • Author identified
  • Page identified
  • Cross-listed in references
  • BLQ for quotations more than one sentence

References (End-of-Text)

  • Author, date, title, place
  • Alphabetical by author
  • Hanging indent, 1.0 spacing, 6 points between items


  • Read the first page (or so). Mark where the author defines their project in writing their essay. Offer any advice you may have about phrasing or placement.


  • Read the last page (or so). Mark where the author states the take-way of the piece. Offer any advice you may have about phrasing or placement.

Sign your name and the category of your work to each piece you edit. Scan your essay once it has been returned to you. If you have any questions, ask your editors about them.


Read through your essay. Highlight (a) the names of other writers, artists, or works you discuss; (b) words or phrases you take from someone else; and (c) important words or phrases that you bring to the discussion. Then draw on these words to create the following types of titles:

  • Straightforward
  • Allusive
  • Doubled


  • In pairs: Here are two acknowledgments written by UD students. Using these two texts as examples of the genre, identify (a) what both writers do [constraints], and (b) what each does differently [options].
  • Fastwrite: Draft a version of the acknowledgments for your essay. The final version of your acknowledgments should appear after your main text and before your list of references.

To Do

  1. Wed, 11/16:I need to cancel my regular office hours tomorrow morning. If you would like to talk with me, please seem me to set up an appointment for later today or Thursday.
  2. Wed, 11/16, 4:00 pm: Email the final version of your second essay to your GTA and me. This essay should be at least 2000 words long, and include a list of references and a note of acknowledgments. Title your document “lastname e2 final”. Good luck!
  3. Thurs, 11/17: Please bring a laptop with you to class.