Why Write, Why Share? WRI 101P (Fall 2021)

This course explores the various facets of writing: its origins, the nature of this medium of communication and its teleology and function (and even its theology). So why do we write and why should we? When did we begin writing and why? What is writing and how does it compare to other medium(s) of communication such as orality? What has writing replaced/displaced, and to what benefit or loss? Is writing indispensable? Is it a tool, and if so, a tool to what end? Why do we share what we write and should we? We will explore these questions by reading selections from prominent thinkers and authors, think through the questions together, and most importantly, learn how to write as we explore writing itself.