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Writing

Course Descriptions

Writing and Elective Courses:

WRI 201 Journalism 1 (4 SH). News reporting and writing, focusing on developing journalistic style and news judgment. Students will learn techniques of researching, interviewing, quoting, editing, beginning makeup and design, and rewriting the “handout,” or news release. This course also includes an introduction to press law, ethics and broadcast news. All students are expected to submit stories for print consideration. Prerequisite: successful completion of WRI 111.

WRI 202 Journalism II (4 SH). Advanced news, feature, and editorial writing course designed to take students beyond the inverted pyramid. The focus is on polishing print and broadcast news writing style, developing techniques of writing various feature stories, and understanding opinion writing. Students will practice copy editing, photo editing, headline writing, caption writing, layout, and design. This course includes a closer study of press law and responsibilities. As lab requirement, students will work with the Holcad staff and submit stories for print consideration. Prerequisite: successful completion of WRI 201.

WRI 251 Creative Non-Fiction (4 SH). Creative Non-Fiction takes as its premise the core of all writing-narrative structure and imagery. In non-fiction, structure becomes plastic and changeable according to a writer’s goals. Students will explore ways to create imagery-rich text. Students will read a wide selection in this genre and analyze what individual writers have done and how they’ve done it.

WRI 252 Career Writing (4 SH). A course in the various types of practical writing required in the workplace. Prerequisite: successful completion of WRI 111.

WRI 253 Poetry Workshop (4 SH). A beginning workshop in which students develop skills in reading, evaluating, writing and revising poetry.

WRI 254 Fiction Workshop (4 SH). A beginning workshop in which students develop skills in reading, evaluating, writing and revising fiction.

WRI 255 Playwriting Workshop (4 SH). A beginning workshop in which students develop skills in reading, evaluating, writing and revising plays.

WRI 256 Screenwriting Workshop (4 SH). A beginning workshop in which students develop skills in reading, evaluating, writing and revising screenplays. (Also listed as FS 256.)

WRI 258 Technical Writing (4 SH). Throughout the ages, writing has always been mediated by the medium in which the words appear. With the advent of computers, in particular the Internet, the medium has shifted from paper-based to computer-based. We are in danger of losing the subtlety of language in the speed of technology and globalism. Instant messaging, e-mail, Web pages and other forms of computer-mediated communication are changing how we communicate with one another. It is important to emphasize that words must still be carefully crafted and writers must consider both the connotation and denotation of the words they choose. Because these documents will be technical in nature, they’ll contain graphs, charts, and a wide variety of visual elements as well as text.

WRI 401, 402 Advanced Writing Workshop (2 SH). A workshop that will meet once a week for two credit hours, in which students will develop their skills in writing and criticism through peer review and interchange with the instructor. Students will work in the genre of their choice. Prerequisites: successful completion of at least one of the following courses: WRI 251, 253, 254, 255 and 256.

WRI 590-594 Field Experience/Internship (1-4 SH).

WRI 620-624 Independent Study (1-4 SH).

BC 111 Writing for Electronic Media (4 SH). This class introduces students to the fundamental techniques of broadcast news writing along with writing for online platforms. Students gain skills and experiences in interviewing, writing, editing news on the air and online in short and long formats.

PR 401 Public Relations Writing (4 SH) . This course focuses on skills and techniques that cover writing for public relations, copy dissemination, media use and media network design; these techniques range across internal and external media, print, electronic and audiovisual media. Special attention will be given to 1) the range of media used; 2) the multiple groups which have to be reached at the same time; 3) the social and organizational context in which public relations writing is done; and 4) the objectives to be attained by such writing. These objectives must be identified with the public relations mission to seek accord with various social groupings and organizations. The course requires an understanding of the journalistic writing style. Types of writing will include speech writing, proposals, news releases, annual reports, and newsletters. Prerequisites : successful completion of PR 101, WRI 201. Note: PR 202 and 203 are strongly recommended as a prerequisite or co-requisite.

 

What can you do with a Writing degree?

Imagine yourself an editor, educator, a journalist, attorney, lobbyist, business executive, sports information director, publicist, librarian, film executive, or writer.