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

Introduces college level skills in reading critically, exploring ideas, and writing. Covers composing essays which support a thesis through structure appropriate to both thesis and reader and revision for clarity and correctness.

Students write 2000-2500 words of revised, final draft copy, including at least one essay that incorporates source materials and employs MLA citation conventions. Students meet with the instructor for two out-of-class conferences.  Students will be able to work through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Or placement into WR 115 and RD 115.

Upon completion of Writing 115 with a “C” or better, students will be able to:

  • Read to determine a writer’s purpose and perspective.
  • Formulate questions to explore a variety of college?level texts.
  • Write for a variety of purposes, audiences and contexts.
  • Write coherent essays that develop ideas in support of a thesis.
  • Develop the ability to paraphrase, summarize, and synthesize information effectively and ethically in order to integrate and connect other writers’ ideas with one’s own.

WR 121 : English Composition

Focuses on academic writing as a means of inquiry. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis.

Students write 3500-4500 words of revised, final draft copy, including at least one essay of at least 1000 words that integrates research. Students meet with the instructor for two out-of-class conferences. 

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Or placement into WR 121.

Upon completion of WR121 with a “C” or higher, students will be able to:

  • Read closely to determine a writer’s purpose and perspective.
  • Formulate questions to explore the way that a variety of texts communicate meaning.
  • Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts.
  • Write clear and coherent essays that demonstrate a logical development of ideas and incorporate evidence in support of a thesis
  • Begin to locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.

WR 122 : English Composition

Continues the focus of WR 121 on academic writing as a means of inquiry with added emphasis on persuasion and argument supported by external research. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate original positions. Emphasizes development of writing and critical thinking through logical reasoning, rhetorical control, independent research and information literacy.

Students write 4000-7000 words of revised, final draft copy, including at least one researched paper of 1500 words or more using outside sources and documentation. Students meet with the instructor for two out-of-class conferences. 

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Upon completion of WR122 with a “C” or higher,students will be able to:

  • Read closely and analytically to determine an author’s purpose, perspective and use of rhetorical strategies.
  • Think critically to evaluate the reasoning and arguments of a variety of sources
  • Articulate their own position on complex topics with multiple points of view, contributing to the academic conversation through writing and discussion.
  • Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts with control of key rhetorical strategies
  • Write persuasive essays that demonstrate a logical development of ideas and incorporate reasonable, credible evidence in support of a thesis
  • Locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.

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.