Special Topics Writing Courses 2017-2018

Writing 2504A:  Write Now!  Writers Speak

Though a series of lectures by contemporary writers, Write Now! explores the art, craft, and process of creative writing in a variety of genres. Course topics include inspiration, overcoming creative blocks, revision, social media, publishing, literary citizenship, and the writing life.


Writing 2500B:  TV or Not TV:  Writing for the Television Industry

This course teaches students how to write and subsequently pitch creative projects that reflect the four television broadcast models: network, basic cable, premium cable, and OTT. By exploring a variety of both scripted and unscripted approaches, this course will also help prepare students for careers in paid writing and production.


Writing 3901F:  You're a Strange Animal: Writing Nature, Writing the Self

Nature is a slippery fish. In this course, we will use poetry, fiction and non-fiction to capture (and release) some of the fundamentals of nature writing. We will write about nature, in nature. Campus will be our classroom. We will spend about half of our time exploring natural (and not so natural) features of Western Campus: hissing geese, tree species, birds of prey, groundhogs, creepy-crawlies, green spaces, parking lots, taxidermized animals in the basement of Natural Science, the river, the food court, the football field. You will need the following: notepad, pen, sturdy footwear, a sense of adventure.


Writing 3902G:  Hitting the Right Notes: Lyric Writing

 This course introduces students to the basics of effective song lyric writing in several forms/genres using tools such as prosody, sensory images, repetition, poetic devices, fictional persona, and narrative forms. After analyzing the work of accomplished songwriters, students will workshop their own lyrics while building towards a thematically coherent final project. No previous experience in music is required; fundamental/relevant musical concepts will be explained in class