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Achievement Writing

Instructor: Dr. David Crowe

Dr. David Crowe is an Augustana College English professor with 25 years of teaching experience. He has published articles on Ernest Hemingway, Wendell Berry, Walker Percy and others, and his book on John Updike comes out this coming fall. He enjoys traveling and has taken Augustana students to Italy, France, Norway and Sweden.

Program dates: June 22-25, 2013

Program cost: $450

Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. Students arrive on campus Sunday, June 22, and depart Wednesday, June 25.

Course description

This is a course in the skills of "achievement writing" — writing to persuade others that the author is truly deserving of a scholarship, a place in a college or university, a desirable job, a research opportunity or any other achievement that requires a competitive first-person presentation of one's skills. This is not a course in correct usage or grammar, or even a course in elegant style. It is a course in audience awareness and strategic presentation of personal gifts.

Learning from a professor who reads dozens of student applications as director of Augustana's honors program, and who has won a Fulbright grant and other academic awards, students will learn to diagnose and address the readers of these written applications. Participants should bring to class an academic paper of 3-10 pages, one that would serve as an illustration of the student's academic skills.

Participants will leave the program with a revised academic paper and a personal statement, both of which may be used to apply for programs at any school. During this course, rising high school seniors may apply and interview for Augie's honors programs, Foundations or Logos.

Tentative schedule

Sunday, June 22

  • Check-in
  • Welcome reception

Monday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 25

Students will meet in lectures and workshops both mornings and afternoons during this class. Each day will be split between learning an important principle and practicing that principle through individual writing. Students may write on paper with a pencil or may bring a laptop with Word or any other good, complete word processing software.