Creative Writing

ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry (3 cr.)   W131 teaches skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing to help students meaningfully engage artifacts, events, and issues in our world. The course builds students' abilities to read written and cultural texts critically; to analyze those texts in ways that engage both students' own experiences and the perspectives of others; and to write about those texts for a range of audiences and purposes as a means of participating in broader conversations. Assignments emphasize the analysis and synthesis of sources in making and developing claims.  PUL=1A

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. PUL=1A.

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 learn to revise their poems and those of fellow students. This course can serve as a prerequisite for W303 or W305. This course is recommended for English majors pursuing a concentration in creative writing. PUL=1A.

ENG-W 210 Literacy and Public Life (3 cr.)   An introduction to the uses of literacy in public and civic discourse, with connections made to theories of writing and professional prospects for writers; serves as the required gateway course for the Concentration in Writing and Literacy and as an exploration of this concentration for other English majors and students considering the possibility of an English major. PUL=4

ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.)  [P:ENG-W 131 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. PUL=2; RISE=E

ENG-W 260 Film Criticism (3 cr.)   Viewing and critiquing current films, with emphasis on the quality of production and direction. Contemporary films viewed; papers serve as a basis for discussion during class. Students will be expected to pay for their movie admissions. PUL=1A

ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing (3 cr.)  [P:ENG-W 131 with a grade of C or higher.]   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. PUL=2

ENG-W 301 Writing Fiction (3 cr.)   P: W206 or W207 or permission of the instructor. 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. PUL=1A; RISE=Experiential Learning.

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. PUL=1A; RISE=Experiential Learning.

ENG-W 303 Writing Poetry (3 cr.)  [P:W206 or W208 or permission of instructor. ]   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. PUL=1A; RISE=Experiential Learning.

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 313 The Art of Fact: Writing Nonfiction Prose (3 cr.)  [P:At least one 200-level writing course or excellent performance in W131 and/or W132 (contact the instructor if you are unsure of your readiness for this course).]   Students will read and analyze professional and student work as they prepare to practice the art of fact by combining the tools of a researcher with the craft of a novelist. The final portfolio includes a stylistic analysis of the student's and others' nonfiction works as well as two illustrated nonfiction texts based on the student's primary and secondary research. PUL=4; RISE=-R

ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web (3 cr.)   Introduces students to new forms of writing (beyond word processing and desktop publishing) made possible by computers--hypertext, electronic mail, and computer conferencing -- and explores what impact these new forms have on literacy skills for writers and readers of such computer-delivered texts. PUL=1A; RISE=S

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. PUL=3

ENG-W 400 Issues in Teaching Writing (3 cr.)   Focuses on the content of rhetoric and composition and considers fundamental theoretical and practical issues in the teaching of writing. Reviews rhetorical and compositional principles that influence writing instruction, textbook selection, and curriculum development. PUL=3

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.]   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.)  [P:Consent of instructor and department chair.]   Individual projects determined in consultation with instructor. Credit varies with scope of project. PUL=1A

ENG-W 496 Writing Fellows Training Seminar (3 cr.)  [P:ENG-W 131 and permission of instructor.]   Internship in Academic Resource Center. Focuses on the writing of students using the ARC. Emphasis on questioning, strategies, problem solving, and self-analysis. Apply in spring for fall enrollment. PUL=3; RISE=E