Department of Writing

Writing Minor

New Writing Minor (starting catalog 2012-2013)

The minor in writing is designed to serve students in a wide variety of disciplines, such as computer science, business, math, nursing, and engineering, by giving them the opportunity to develop personal and workplace writing skills and greater rhetorical sensitivity. The minor requires 18 credits; the range of courses offered encourages students to tailor a program that augments their professional needs and personal talents as writers.

Pick three courses from the four courses in the core:
WRT 200 (Introduction to Professional Writing)
WRT 210 (Writing with Style)
WRT 219 (Introduction to Creative Writing)
WRT 253 (Document Production and Design)

PLUS pick any three upper-division writing courses from this list.
WRT 320 (Intermediate Poetry Workshop)
WRT 420 (Advanced Poetry Workshop)

WRT 330 (Intermediate Fiction Workshop)
WRT 430 (Advanced Fiction Workshop)

WRT 360 (Intermediate Creative Nonfiction)
WRT 460 (Advanced Creative Nonfiction)

WRT 340 (Intermediate Drama Workshop)
WRT 440 (Advanced Drama Workshop)

WRT 351 (Writing for the Web)
WRT 451 (Advanced Writing for the Web)

WRT 310 (Intermediate Style and Technique)
WRT 410 (Advanced Style and Technique)

WRT 353 (Visual Rhetoric and Document Design)
WRT 455 (Multimodal Composing)

WRT 365 (Intermediate Magazine Writing)
WRT 465 (Advanced Magazine Writing)

WRT 307 (Consulting with Writers)
WRT 308 (Working with Manuscripts)

WRT 381 (Sports and Writing)
WRT 350 (Business Communication)

 

Old Writing Minor (for catalog year prior to Fall 2012)

Writing Minors need 18 credits. . .

Core Requirements (9 cr.):

WRT 200 Introduction to Professional Writing
WRT 210 Writing with Style
WRT 219 Introduction to Creative Writing

Writing Electives (9 cr.-choose any three courses):

WRT 251 Document Design and Production
WRT 320 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
WRT 330 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
WRT 340 Intermediate Drama Workshop
WRT 360 Intermediate Nonfiction Workshop
WRT 350 Business Communication
WRT 351 Writing for the Web


Courses of Instruction

WRT 200 Introduction to Professional Writing. Situation-based writing assignments and related readings introduce students to business writing, media writing, and technical writing. Typical assignments include business correspondence, reports, reviews, reportage, feature articles, user instructions, brochures, and technical documentation. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the Freshman Writing Requirement. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

WRT 210 Writing with Style. Close study of the rhetorical dimension of diction, sentence structure, rhythm, coherence, paragraphing, figures of speech, and whole compositions in various genres. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the Freshman Writing Requirement. Three credits. Offered fall semester.

WRT 219 Introduction to Creative Writing. Introduction to the theory and practice of various forms of creative writing. Students write poetry, fiction, drama and also read literature in each genre. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the Freshman Writing Requirement and completion of at least one literature course. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

WRT 251 Document Design and Production. This course will give writing students an introduction to layout, design, and typographic principles as well as the technical foundation and practical experience to produce professional documents for print production. Students will work from a foundation in rhetoric and basic graphic design principles and produce a range of document types. This course--as a writing course--will stick close to the rhetorical tradition, viewing our design process and written products as outcomes of rhetorical awareness.

WRT 320 Intermediate Poetry Workshop. Theory and practice of the genre of poetry. Students will read literature in the genre of poetry and then write poetry. There will be some discussion of current publication markets; periodically, guest writers will give public readings and visit class. Prerequisite: WRT 219. Three credits. Offered fall semester.

WRT 330 Intermediate Fiction Workshop. Theory and practice of the genre of fiction. Students will read literature in the genre of fiction and then write fiction. There will be some discussion of current publication markets; periodically, guest writers will give public readings and visit class. Prerequisite: WRT 219. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

WRT 340 Intermediate Drama Workshop. Theory and practice of playwriting. Students will read and write scenes and short plays. Some discussion of markets for production. Prerequisite: WRT 219. Three credits. Offered fall semester.

WRT 350 Business Communication. Training in the communication skills for business and the professions. Assignments cover varieties of information management, including handling research, gathering data, writing reports, manuals, directions, and correspondence, and making oral presentations. Prerequisite: Completion of the Freshman Writing Requirement. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

WRT 351 Writing for the World Wide Web. Emphasizes learning rhetorical structures best suited for writing in the nonlinear Web environment and on exploring the cultural impact Web-related discourse has had on bridging technology and the arts. Students practice professional writing as they learn to build Web documents for community and commercial Internet audiences. Prerequisite: Completion of the Freshman Writing Requirement. Three credits. Offered fall semester.

WRT 360 Intermediate Nonfiction. Designed for those students who want an advanced writing course for their majors, for preprofessional programs, or for entry to careers. Expository and persuasive writing is emphasized. Prerequisite: Completion of the Freshman Writing Requirement and WRT 200 or consent of instructor. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

WRT 460 Advanced Nonfiction Workshop. Advanced theory and practice of the genre of nonfiction, including creative nonfiction. Students will read literature, work on a writing project, and discuss current publication markets and manuscript arrangement. Periodically, guest writers will give public readings and visit class. Prerequisite: WRT 360. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

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