Communication matters! It is powerful, personal, public--and mediated. Thinking about how communication shapes the world, and how we shape communication as both senders and receivers, matters. Central questions which we will explore in English 298 are how we know what we know, how the information on which we base our understanding is shaped, and how understanding the answers to these questions shapes our own lives in ways that matter, deepening our communication as a learning community, and amplifying our ability to take meaningful personal, academic, professional and civic action. English 298 is a small workshop-style composition class, which provides an opportunity to increase your reading, research, planning, writing, revising and presentation skill and confidence.