Writing Workshop

Instructor: Aaron Blumenthal


This is my writing, reading, and grammar fundamentals course. We'll analyze short fiction and nonfiction as well as cover literary and rhetorical devices and how to write a great essay. This semester, I'm going to incorporate writing fiction and poetry into the class as another entry into analyzing readings. 

Assignments include readings, guided reading questions, short responses, and 1–3 longer essays per session.

Challenge Groups


I break students into groups of 2–3 to tackle 30-minute case studies (short essays or essay fragments that I write based on the day's main lesson) or other challenges. These challenges require students to work together to think not just critically but also creatively about how what makes an essay good—or not so good.



The difficulty of this course will be adjusted to the level of the students who enroll. That means we might cover grammar and essay writing in detail (with my Functional Grammar and Functional Literature series), we might quickly review, or we might jump straight straight to advanced concepts.


  • Wednesdays 5–6:30 PM

  • Session One: 1/19 – 3/16 (9 weeks)

  • Session Two: 3/23 – 5/25 (9 weeks)

Example challenge group

Notes from ECS