LTW will enhance what she has done by giving her a more full orbed context for a study of classical rhetoric. Classical rhetoric is a craft of discovery and persuasion. LTW will direct her to “discover” material for her writing by beginning with an overarching moral inquiry that will in turn guide her literary analysis. Her analysis will aid her in making a judgment about the moral question she started with. Next, she’ll learn to craft a persuasive argument to support her judgment.
In addition she’ll gain new tools for literary analysis (namely the Topics of Invention). There are 3 parts to classical composition (the part of rhetoric that pertains to writing). They are invention, arrangement, and elocution. IEW is titled “Teaching Writing: structure and style.” Structure and style represent the second and third canons of rhetoric. Structure equates with arrangement, and style equates with elocution. That leaves the first canon (invention) left to explore. LTW devotes a third of its lessons to invention.