Writing

Classes

WR 90 : Writing 90

Instruction includes sentence structure, paragraph and essay development, and written expression. Students can expect to increase working vocabulary and improve skills in basic communications.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Placement into RD 90 accepted.

  • Communicate in writing using a variety of sentence structures, paragraphs, and short forms that
    emphasize correct grammar, punctuation, coherence, and clarity.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in written responses to text.
  • Recognize and utilize pre-writing steps for composing a good essay.
  • Utilize basic word processing in writing.
  • Demonstrate successful college student behaviors.
  • Perform successfully in Writing 115.

WR 115 : Introduction to Expository Writing

Offers broad preparation for using writing in service of student success. Provides supported opportunities for practice in reading critically, locating information, exploring ideas, and writing to learn. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 or completion of (WR 90) and placement into RD 115 or completion of (RD 90). Audit available.

All courses in the composition sequence (WR 115, 121, 122) teach writing as a process, requiring revision over multiple drafts; require 2 instructor conferences; and include principles of citation.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Or placement into WR 115 and RD 115.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  •     ADAPT: Read and compose texts for different purposes.
  •     INQUIRE: Locate information that will help them in their thinking.
  •     CONNECT: Convey and support a perspective.
  •     REFLECT: Analyze their own learning in writing.

WR 121 : English Composition

Offers broad preparation for both academic writing and professional communication. Includes composing for a variety of rhetorical situations, writing for both oneself, and for external audiences. Provides self-guided learning opportunities alongside more structured opportunities for practice with support as needed. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or equivalent placement. Audit available.

All courses in the composition sequence (WR 115, 121, 122) teach writing as a process, requiring revision over multiple drafts; require 2 instructor conferences; and include principles of citation.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Or placement into WR 121.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • ADAPT: Experiment with different genres.  
  • INQUIRE: Locate relevant information sources in a process of inquiry.
  • CONNECT: Use rhetorical tools to convey and support a perspective.
  • REFLECT: Analyze their own learning in writing.

WR 122 : English Composition

Offers focused preparation for academic communication. Provides opportunities for practice in academic writing and conventions with an emphasis on independent research, thinking, and learning necessary for self-guided academic projects. Prerequisites: WR 121 or equivalent. Audit available.

All courses in the composition sequence (WR 115, 121, 122) teach writing as a process, requiring revision over multiple drafts; require 2 instructor conferences; and include principles of citation.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  •     ADAPT: Negotiate academic genres with purpose and control.
  •     INQUIRE: Locate multiple and various information sources that are appropriate to the given process of inquiry.
  •     CONNECT: Craft an argument in conversation with others who are thinking about the same subject.
  •     REFLECT: Analyze their own learning in writing.

 

 

WR 123 : English Composition

Uses extensive research writing to develop skills in critical analysis and documented argument. Students synthesize their considered response to designated text(s) and/or issues with the reactions of other writers. Includes paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and documenting using style appropriate to discipline researched.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Outcomes for this course require working through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising; in addition, the reading outcomes require time to read, reread, reflect, respond, interpret, analyze, and evaluate.
Upon completion of WR 123 with a "C" or better, student will be able to:

  • Successfully organize and manage an extended, research-based, thesis-centered essay of 3500-4000 words or an equivalent in shorter essays using MLA, APA, or other appropriate documentation styles
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving in the context of research by showing observational skills, drawing reasonable inferences from a variety of sources, perceiving and establishing relationships among multiple sources, and analyzing the structure and organization of sources and own writing
  • Independently locate, examine, select, evaluate, and use various sources, including electronic sources
  • Practice and demonstrate skills necessary to research writing, such as paraphrase, summary, and use of direct quotation
  • Articulate own problem solving process and self-assessment; demonstrate the ethics of research by identifying and avoiding plagiarism

WR 227 : Technical and Professional Writing 1

Introduces technical and professional communications. Students compose, design, revise, and edit effective letters, memos, reports, descriptions, instructions, and employment documents. Emphasizes precise use of language and graphics to communicate complex technical and procedural information safely, legally and ethically. Two instructor conferences required.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Basic computer literacy and intermediate word processing skills also required.

Outcomes for this course require working through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising; in addition, the reading outcomes require time to read, reread, reflect, respond, interpret, analyze, and evaluate.

Upon completion of WR 227 with a "C" or better, the student will be able to:

  • Read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate complex technical and professional documents and visuals.
  • Design and produce the most commonly used business/professional communications.
  • Design and produce the most commonly used technical communications.
  • Design and produce communications specifically tailored to a number of different audiences who have diverse educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, and who have various levels of expertise.
  • Design and produce communications that include visuals that are accurate, ethical, and accessible and from which more than one audience can extract the information quickly and easily.
  • Work and problem solve effectively with others to achieve a common communication goal, using collaborative techniques, respecting the work of colleagues, and meeting deadlines; listen and speak reflectively.

WR 240 : Creative Writing - Nonfiction

Introduces creative nonfiction and the writing of essays using creative techniques, such as personal narrative, memoir, nature and travel writing, and literary journalism. Explores the works of established writers for forms, techniques and styles as a context for the production of creative nonfiction for class discussion and analysis.

Students who are candidates for WR 240 should possess writing skills to the degree that mechanical errors and organizational problems are minimal, allowing them to experiment and develop their craft from sentence level to a finished, publishable piece of writing.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Read a wide range of established creative nonfiction writers to learn techniques demonstrated in their work.
  • Employ creative writing techniques drawn from fiction, poetry, and scriptwriting, such as characterization, setting, descriptive detail, concreteness, dialogue, flashbacks, juxtaposition, metaphor, voice, tone, formality and informality; alternate narrative summary and scene.
  • Use self-reflection and techniques for employing the imagination to generate new essays and then to revise the essays, using techniques for “re-entering” or “re-seeing” a piece of writing.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to critique others' poems and communicate suggestions about strengths and weaknesses of drafts to peers.
  • Engage subjects by participating directly in the action being written about, such as by doing in-depth in-person interviews or designing an experience, and then pursuing the experience with the foreknowledge that the experience will constitute the basis of an essay.

WR 241 : Creative Writing - Fiction

Focuses on writing short fiction for class discussion and analysis in a workshop setting. Explores the techniques, styles, and structures of the writings of established authors, as well as the creative writing process from development of an idea to revision of a manuscript.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Read and analyze established authors in order to become familiar with the elements of fiction (eg. plot, dialogue, character, point of view).
  • Write original fiction that effectively uses the elements of the craft, leading to the development and revision of at least one complete short story.
  • Read peer fiction closely and analytically in order to contribute to peer workshops in a thoughtful and critical manner.

WR 242 : Creative Writing - Poetry

Focuses on the writing and submitting of poetry for class discussion and analysis in a workshop setting. Introduces the techniques, structures, and styles of established poets.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Continue to read a wide range of established poets, particularly American and contemporary poets, to learn techniques demonstrated in their work.
  • Employ the various techniques and elements of poetry such as imagery, metaphor, linebreaks, alliteration, assonance, and meter to write poems.
  • Use self-reflection and techniques for employing the imagination to generate new poems and then to revise the poems, using techniques for “re-entering” or “re-seeing” a piece of writing.

WR 246 : Advanced Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing

Emphasizes development of craft while introducing basics of editing others' manuscripts and preparing them for publication in a variety of forms, including an annual student literary magazine. May be repeated twice for credit.

A brief interview with the instructor may be necessary before enrollment in the course. Students are encouraged to continue study in literature and languages as well as other creative writing courses.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

WR 240 or WR 241 or WR 242 accepted.

Outcomes for this course require working through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising; in addition, the reading outcomes require time to read, reread, reflect, respond, interpret, analyze, and evaluate.

  • Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • Solicit and then read a variety of literary and artistic submissions, and use appropriate critical language to define an aesthetic to guide the
  • evaluation process and the decisions to accept or reject manuscripts.
  • Work cooperatively and communicate effectively with co-editors and contributors to edit and publish a small literary publication, using critical thinking
  • and problem solving to address the multitude of mechanical and strategic problems and possibilities in publishing.
  • Respond fairly, intelligently, and professionally to a variety of literary and artistic submissions, showing respect for themselves and others as
  • writers.
  • Participate in a complete publication cycle, engaging in the mechanics of keyboarding, design, layout, and proofreading; and
  • communicate effectively with the professionals who handle other aspects of publication, such as the printing and binding.
  • Write their own creative writing with greater knowledge and self-awareness.