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Writing Courses


WRI 210 Intro to Creative and Pro Writing (4.00 SH). In this course, students will give their attention to the craft of writing by advancing their understanding of creative nonfiction and professional feature writing. Students will learn to critique their peers’ work in order to advance the class’s understanding of the editing process and the genres in which we are working. Having gained knowledge and confidence through these processes, students will begin to write convincingly about the art of writing. Over the course of the term, each student will write 2 or 3 creative nonfiction essays and 2 or 3 professional feature stories. These essays and stories will be modeled by the examples in the textbooks that we read and discuss. Regularly, students will submit drafts of their work to the class for discussion in a workshop format. For each draft submitted to the workshop, 3 students will be assigned the task of writing a thoughtful critique.

WRI 301 Journalism I (4.00 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: WRI 210.

WRI 302 Journalism II (4.00 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 351 Creative Non-Fiction (4.00 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. Prerequisite: WRI 210.

WRI 352 Career Writing (4.00 SH). A course in the various types of practical writing required in the workplace. Prerequisite: WRI 210.

WRI 353 Poetry Workshop (4.00 SH). A beginning workshop in which students develop skills in reading, evaluating, writing and revising poetry. Prerequisite: WRI 210.

WRI 354 Fiction Workshop (4.00 SH). A beginning workshop in which students develop skills in reading, evaluating, writing and revising fiction. Prerequisite: WRI 210.

WRI 355 Playwriting Workshop (4.00 SH). A beginning workshop in which students develop skills in reading, evaluating, writing and revising plays. Prerequisite: WRI 210.

WRI 356 Screenwriting Workshop (4.00 SH). A beginning workshop in which students develop skills in reading, evaluating, writing and revising screenplays. (Also listed as FS 256.) Prerequisite: WRI 210.

WRI 358 Technical Writing (4.00 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. Prerequisite: WRI 210.

WRI 401 Advanced Writing Workshop (2.00 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 402 Advanced Writing Workshop (2.00 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.

 

Supporting Courses


DJ 201 Journalism I (4.00 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. (Also listed as WRI 201).

DJ 202 Journalism II: Converged Journalism (4.00 SH). Advanced news, feature, and editorial writing course designed to take students beyond the inverted pyramid. The focus is on the convergence of news gathering and content. Students learn to write for tv, radio, newspaper, and the web and collaborate on story production. The course includes a closer study of press law and responsibilities. Prerequisite: successful completion of WRI 201. (Also listed as WRI 202).

MJ 201 Journalism I (4.00 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. (Also listed as WRI 301).

MJ 202 Journalism II: Converged Journalism (4.00 SH). Advanced news, feature, and editorial writing course designed to take students beyond the inverted pyramid. The focus is on the convergence of news gathering and content. Students learn to write for tv, radio, newspaper, and the web and collaborate on story production. The course includes a closer study of press law and responsibilities. Prerequisite: successful completion of MJ 201. (Also listed as WRI 302).

PR 401 Public Relations Writing (4.00 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.

 

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