Courses


1000-level introductory writing course:

writing 1000f/g:
writers' studio
writing 1030F:
writing for professional success in nursing

2100-level introductory writing courses:

speech 2001: The major forms of oral discourse
writing 2101F/G: Introduction to Expository writing
writing 2111F/G: Writing in the World:
Introduction to Professional Writing
Writing 2121F/G: Text, Lies, and Digital Media:
writing for mit
Writing 2131F/G: No Bones About It:
writing for the sciences
 

2200-level advanced writing courses:

writing 2202F/G: Your Argument:
Rhetorical Strategy in a Visual Age
writing 2203f/G: From Headline to Deadline:
Writing for Publication
writing 2204f/g: Short Flicks:
An Introduction to Screenwriting
writing 2205f/g: Hot Type:
Technical Writing
writng 2206f/g: Minding Your Ps and Qs:
Technical Editing
writing 2207f/g: My Name is url:
Writing for the Web
writing 2208f/g: Teaching Writing
writing 2209f/g: Visual Information Packaging:
Document Design
writing 2210f/g: GrammarPhobia Demystified:
Contemporary Grammar for Writer
writing 2211f/g: The Naked Writer:
Fundamentals of Creative Writing
writing 2212f/g: Figures of Speech:
Writing for oral Presentation
writing 2213f/g: LOL:
Humour Writing
writng 2214f/g: Memoir, Memories, and Disclosure:
Creative Non-Fiction
writing 2215f/g: Encoding Persuasion:
Rhetorical Theory
writng 2216f/g: Rhetoric:
Law Talk
writing 2217f/g: Concept to Product:
Publishing
writing 2218f/g: to make a long story short:
Introduction to writing short fiction
writing 2219f/g: word travel:
Introduction to travel writing
writing 2220f/g: renewing your poetic license:
Introduction to writing poetry
writing 2221f/g: self and the rhetorical triangle:
an Introduction to interpersonal communication
writing 2222f/g: food writing
writing 2223f/g: Fashion writing: Elements of Style
writing 2224f/g: writing for the big screen: Introduction to feature film writing
writing 2225f/g: The inside track: Sport writing
writing 2299f/g: Re-visioning Self:
Creating Your Professional Portfolio



2013-2014 special topics writing courses:

writing 2291F: Writing Crime Fiction
This course introduces students to the narrative structure of crime fiction and mystery writing for a variety of media, including print, television, stage, and film. Drawing on classic and canonical stories, students will have an opportunity to author original narratives reflecting the four major subgenres of crime writing: the amateur detective, the cozy whodunit, the hardboiled thriller, and the police procedural. Students will also be introduced to the theory and practice of criminal investigation and procedure, as well as the study of the criminal mind as they create fictive portrayals of the genre’s archetypal crimes, including but not necessarily limited to murder, ransom kidnapping, the theft of art and antiquities, and espionage.


writing 2292g: Advanced Professional Communication
Professional communication is a dynamic and evolving field of study, combining, in the view of some thinkers, the skill set and ethical questions of previously discrete fields such as public relations, promotionalism (advertising, etc.), communication metrics (opinion measurement), and journalism. Once we work out for ourselves what professional communication is, the course will combine theoretical and practical approaches to the topic. Students will learn to apply logic to thinking, problem solving, and writing, in areas such as oral presentation and instructional design.

writing 2294G: Sonnets and pantouMs and odes, Oh my!: experIMENTS with poetic form

Experiment is key to our exploration of the art and craft of writing in poetic forms. While we will learn to write traditional forms such as the sestina, the villanelle, and yes, the sonnet, we will also branch out to include modern and less traditional forms such as the list poem, the paradelle, the calligram, and the concrete poem. The forms we attempt and learn about will be guided both by the instructor and the students, as students will have an equal opportunity to introduce new forms to the class. Besides drawing on named forms, students also will be encouraged to experiment with creating their own poetic forms based on the world around us. A few possible examples include: the shapes and patterns provided by natural world, the order and regularity of statistics and sports scores, the instructive formats of recipes, the shorthand exchanges of Twitter. By the end of the course, students will have gained a practical and diverse experience of poetic form and an understanding of form’s potential for generating creativity and innovation.


writing 2295g: out of the book: creative writing in the digital age
This experimental creative writing course explores the intersection of text and technology. Students will use a variety of media (sound, image, video), online platforms (blogs, Twitter, websites), and source material (original and found) in the creation and dissemination of innovative literary works. Assignments will incorporate appropriation, collage, montage, and sampling.  


writing 2296g: queer writing
What does “queer writing” mean?  One goal of this class is to figure out what that means and then think about how that might apply to our own writing practices.  We will look at the variety of queer expression both historical and contemporary, with a focus on fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as the various languages of identity (butch/femme, trans, etc.)  The course will be divided along thematic lines such as Identity, Family, and Sex and will utilize both theoretical writings as well as creative examples within those themes.   A primary ambition of this course is to provide writers with new, idiosyncratic, and meaningful ways to communicate ‘queerness.’

writing 2298f: swaying the vote: an introduction to political speech writing
This course will introduce students to the various aspects of political speech writing and familiarize them with the role of the political speechwriter.  Topics include:  methods of persuasion, ethics and political public speaking, types of political speeches, adapting political messages to audiences, and writing speeches for others..