Writing

Classes

WR 90: Writing 90

Credits 3

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

WR 115: Introduction to Expository Writing

Credits 4

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.

WR 121: English Composition

Credits 4

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.

WR 122: English Composition

Credits 4

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.

WR 123: English Composition

Credits 3

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.

WR 227: Technical and Professional Writing 1

Credits 4

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.

WR 240: Creative Writing - Nonfiction

Credits 4

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.

WR 241: Creative Writing - Fiction

Credits 4

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.

WR 242: Creative Writing - Poetry

Credits 4

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.

WR 246: Advanced Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing

Credits 4

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.