Course Description: This course is designed to help you develop your skills as a writer: to increase your control over your processes of writing and to hone your awareness of how a sense of audience, genre, persona, tone, and other elements of style can influence the ways that readers make sense of and respond to your writing. Ultimately, my goal is to help the writers enrolled in this course develop two qualities as authors: fluency and flexibility. Toward that end, this course is designed around the workshop method—which means working in groups to share your own writing and respond thoughtfully to that of others—and on a deferred grading system that encourages significant revision throughout the semester.
Readings: Although much of the work in this class will consist of your own writing and the reading and discussion of your classmates’ writing, we will also discuss Joseph Williams’ Style as well as essays on a variety of themes.
Assignments: Assignments include five major essays, a number of briefer writing assignments, style exercises, and active participation in a peer review workshop.
Course Description: This project-based course is designed to help you become a more media-savvy researcher and writer, someone who can do the following with confidence and competence: generate feasible and meaningful ideas for writing, identify and work effectively with different kinds of research resources, and write compellingly about complex subjects for different audiences across a variety of media and genres. To that end, this course will introduce you to several foundational theories of rhetoric and writing; it will give you hands-on opportunities to try out new writing processes and practices; and it will provide you with regular chances not only to write extended arguments but also to revise them with instructor and peer feedback.
Readings: The majority of reading (and viewing) in this class will come from you, your own research, and your peers. Supplemental materials will be available electronically via D2L and/or course reserves. Please note: class participation includes accessing, reviewing and annotating, and bringing to class assigned materials on appropriate days.
Assignments: Assignments include three multi-part projects, each of which must be completed in full for course credit. Additional assignments include regular short writings and active class participation. Attendance also constitutes part of the overall grade for this course.
Course Description: This course provides students with experience in workplace writing. By studying and writing in various workplace genres (e.g. cover letters, resumes, memos, reports, etc.), students learn about the rhetorical features of workplace writing, transfer their proficiency in academic writing to professional writing, and gain knowledge writing within various social and global contexts. Students will also gain experience with learning effective oral communication skills in the workplace through presentations and practiced job interviews.
Readings: Much of our readings will come from workplace texts and resources on how to effectively write in the workplace.
Assignments: Assignments include research reports, cover letters, resumes, memos, proposals, and PowerPoint presentations.
Course Description: This course gives students an opportunity both to exercise their narrative imagination and to harness it productively. Some student work will be generated by assignment; some will be self-generated. The emphasis in both cases will be on learning craft. The class will be organized as a workshop, with lectures as necessary.
Students will learn the mechanics of writing fiction through observation, analysis, and practice. By reading, discussing, and analyzing short fiction from a technical, practitioner’s perspective, students will learn, describe and interpret fiction’s various styles, techniques, and effects. Through writing exercises, and analysis of those exercises, students will understand and demonstrate a proficiency in the specifics of craft: characterization, setting, voice, narrative structure, etc. Through writing fully-developed stories, and through workshopping and revising those stories, students will both refine and integrate those techniques while furthering their understanding of the creative process.
Readings: On Writing Short Stories (Oxford, 2nd edition), Tom Bailey, ed. + student work generated during the semester.
Assignments: In addition to writing several exercises (2-4 pages each) covering the basics of craft, students will write at least one short story, approximately 8-15 pages. They will also write three short annotations examining some aspect of narrative craft on stories from On Writing Short Stories. A portfolio (15-20 pages) of their best creative work will be due at the end of the semester.
Course Description: A course in writing fiction, organized as a discussion/workshop. In addition to writing exercises covering the basics of the craft, students will produce 30-40 pages of fiction by the end of the semester. They will also discuss each other’s works and write critical responses to a number of short stories.Readings: The Art and Craft of Fiction by Michael Kardos and student short stories.
Course Description: A course in writing poetry, organized as a discussion/workshop. In addition to writing exercises covering the basics of the craft, students will produce 20--30 pages of poetry by the end of the semester. They will also discuss each other’s poetry and write critical responses to a number of poems.Assignments: Exercises in poetic techniques, critical responses to workshop poetry, review of a volume of contemporary poetry, and the compilation of a portfolio of poems.