Creative Writing

ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry (3 cr.)   Fulfills the communications core requirement for all undergraduate students and provides instruction in exposition (the communication of ideas and information with clarity and brevity). The course emphasizes audience and purpose, revision, organization, development, advanced sentence structure, diction, and development within a collaborative classroom. Evaluation is based on portfolios of the student’s work.

ENG-W 132 Elementary Composition II (3 cr.)   P: W131 (with a grade of C or higher). Stresses argumentation and research concurrently, with a secondary emphasis on critical evaluation in both reading and writing. Evaluation is based on portfolios of the student’s work.

ENG-W 140 ELEMENTARY COMPOSITION-HONORS (3 cr.)   Offers an introductory writing course for advanced freshman writers. Requirements, including number and type of assignments, are parallel to W131. W140 offers greater intensity of discussion and response to writing. Evaluation is based on portfolios of the students’ work. PUL=1A

ENG-W 206 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 cr.)   An introduction to the techniques and principles of creative writing. Written assignments, independent work, and workshop discussions of the fundamentals of fiction, poetry, and drama. This course may be used as a prerequisite for all 300-level courses in creative writing.

ENG-W 207 Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 cr.)   An introduction to the techniques and principles of fiction writing. Written assignments, workshop discussions of student work in progress, seminar study of classic and contemporary examples of the genre. This course may be used as a prerequisite for ENG W301, ENG W302,or ENG W305.  This course is recommended for English majors pursuing a concentration in creative writing.  PUL=1A

ENG-W 208 Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 cr.)   W208 offers students an introduction to the craft and practice of poetry writing: how to find subjects for writing; how to create images, similes, and metaphors; how to make rhyme sound natural; how to produce both metered and free-verse poetry. Part of the class will be a workshop in which students will learn to revise their poems and those of fellow students. This course can serve as a prerequisite for W303 or W305.

ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.)   P: W131 (with a grade of C or higher). Focuses on expository writing for the student whose career requires preparation of reports, proposals, and analytical papers. Emphasis on clear and direct objective writing and on investigation of an original topic written in report form, including a primary research project. Evaluation is based on student projects.

ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing (3 cr.)   Offers instruction and practice in writing argumentative essays about complicated and controversial issues. The course focuses on strategies for identifying issues, assessing claims, locating evidence, deciding on a position, and writing papers with clear assertions and convincing arguments.

ENG-W 301 Writing Fiction (3 cr.)   P: W206 or W207 or submission of acceptable manuscript to instructor in advance of registration. An intermediate course in the theory and practice of fiction writing with seminar study of relevant materials and criticism of student work in class and conference. May be repeated once for credit.

ENG-W 302 Screenwriting (3 cr.)  [P:W206 or W207, or permission of instructor. ]   A practical course in basic techniques of writing for film and television. Covers the essentials of dramatic structure, story development, characterization and theme, scene construction, dialogue, and, briefly, the practicalities of working as a screenwriter today.

ENG-W 303 Writing Poetry (3 cr.)  [P:W206 or W208 or submission of acceptable manuscripts to instructor in advance of registration. ]   An intermediate course in the theory and practice of poetry writing with seminar study of relevant materials and criticism of student work in class and conference.

ENG-W 305 Writing Creative Nonfiction (3 cr.)  [P:ENG W206, ENG W207, ENG W208, or permission of the instructor ]   An intermediate course in the theory and practice of creative nonfiction prose, with seminar study of relevant materials and workshop discussion of student work in progress.  PUL=1A; RISE-Experiential Learning

ENG-W 310 Language and the Study of Writing (3 cr.)   A course about writing using linguistic perspectives. Some of the topics discussed are writing systems and their history, a comparison of speaking and writing, the analysis of texts and their structure, the writing process and its development, and orality and literacy.

ENG-W 365 Theories and Practices of Editing (3 cr.)   Instruction and practice in the mechanical, stylistic, and substantive editing of English nonfiction prose, from a wide variety of genres and on a wide variety of subjects.

ENG-W 401 Writing Fiction (3 cr.)  [P:ENG W301]   Study and practice in the writing of fiction. Analysis of examples from contemporary literature accompanies class criticism and discussion. May be repeated once for credit.  PUL=1A; RISE-Experiential Learning

ENG-W 403 Advanced Poetry Writing (3 cr.)  [P:ENG-W 303 or permission of instructor.]   Study and practice in the writing of poetry. Analysis of examples from contemporary poets accompanies class criticism and discussion. PUL=1A; RISE-Experiential Learning

ENG-W 411 Directed Writing (3 cr.)   Individual projects determined in consultation with instructor. Credit varies with scope of project. May be repeated once for credit. PUL=1A