Department of Writing

WRT Course Descriptions

First-Year Writing Courses

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WRT 098 Writing with a Purpose. Students draft essays to develop fluency, voice, purpose, and structure. They also learn revision and editing skills. Students work one hour per week with a peer consultant from the Writing Center. Credits earned for this course do not count toward the number of credits required for graduation. Offered fall semester. Credits: 4

WRT 150 Strategies in Writing. Students practice a variety of rhetorical forms and develop structure, style, and voice. They invent, plan, draft, revise, and edit, formulate and support arguments, and incorporate sources. Students work regularly in the Writing Center and in a computer classroom. Students must receive a grade of C (not C-) or better to fulfill this part of the University Writing requirement. Offered fall and winter semesters. WRT 150 is a prerequisite for any SWS course. Credits: 4

Upper Level Writing Courses

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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. Offered fall and winter semesters. [SWS Credit.] Prerequisite: WRT 150.

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: WRT 150.

WRT 219 Introduction to Creative Writing. Introduction to the theory and practice of various forms of creative writing. Students may write poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or drama and also read literature in each genre. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: WRT 150.

WRT 253 Document Design and Production. This course provides an introduction to electronic layout, design, and typographic principles as well as the technical foundation and practical experience to produce documents for print production. Students will work from a foundation in rhetoric and basic graphic design principles to write, design, and produce a range of document types. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: WRT 150.

WRT 307 Consulting with Writers. Examines the role consultants play in the development of writers and writing. Students will observe and analyze situations in which writers work together as well as practice response techniques. Readings and assignments focus on different kinds of work associated with assisting writers: consulting, responding, collaborating, and ghostwriting. Offered winter semesters. Prerequisites: WRT 200 and WRT 219; or by permission of instructor.

WRT 308 Working with Manuscripts. This course helps students work with unpublished manuscripts intended for publication in several venues. Students will assess manuscripts' potential and make editorial recommendations about the content, structure, length, style, and techniques appropriate to a manuscript's genre and potential audience. Students will also learn copy-editing techniques and conventions. Offered winter semester of even years. Prerequisites: WRT 200 or WRT 219; and WRT 210.

WRT 310 Intermediate Style and Technique. Students will study the rhetorical and artistic dimension of writing techniques in two or more of the following genres: drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This class focuses particular attention on forms and techniques on the micro-level of: the line, paragraph, chapter, scene, section. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: WRT 210 and WRT 219.

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: WRT 219.

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: WRT 219.

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. [SWS Credit.] Prerequisite: WRT 150.

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: WRT 253 and (WRT 200 or WRT 350).

WRT 353 Writing for the World Wide Web. Visual rhetoric and document design enhances the basic principles of writing learned in WRT 253. Drawing upon aesthetics, practical methods, and research in visual rhetoric, the course examines document design as an audience-oriented form of writing. This course also introduces students to cross-cultural iconography and the quantitative display of information. Offered winter semesters. Prerequisites: WRT 200 and WRT 253.

WRT 354 Writing in the Global Contexts: Culture, Technology, and Language Practices. This course prepares students for the challenges of writing in the global context. Through analysis and practice, students will learn to write and design documents that respond to the needs of local and global audiences in the 21st century workplace. Focus: communication competence, cultural dimension of language and design. Part of the Globalization Issue. Offered fall semesters. [SWS Credit.] Prerequisite: Junior standing. 

WRT 360 Intermediate Creative Nonfiction. Theory and practice of nonfiction genres. Students will read nonfiction work by various writers and write their own nonfiction pieces. Emphasis is on shaping written products for publication in particular contexts. The course will feature student writing workshops. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: WRT 219.

WRT 365 Intermediate Magazine Writing. This course will introduce students to common forms of magazine and long-form nonfiction. Students will pitch and develop article ideas and replicate magazine page layouts for their writing. Offered fall semester of even years. Prerequisites: WRT 210 and WRT 219.

WRT 380 Special Topics in Writing. Topics will be announced in the class schedule and prerequisites may be listed. May be repeated for credit.

WRT 381 Sports and Writing. Examines sports and culture from a range of perspectives in a range of genres, including those related to journalistic forms, commentary, the personal essay, fiction, and poetry. The theory and practice of these genres will be emphasized through student writing. Offered fall and winter semesters. [Fulfills one of the Themes requirements.] Prerequisite: WRT 150.

WRT 410 Advanced Style and Technique. Students will study the rhetorical and artistic dimension of writing techniques in multiple genres from: drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This class focuses particular attention on forms and techniques on the macro-level of: book-length works by notable contemporary writers, genre conventions, and cultural and commercial concerns related to publishing. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: WRT 310.

WRT 410 Advanced Poetry Workshop. Advanced theory and practice of the genre of poetry. 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. May be repeated once for credit. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: WRT 320.

WRT 430 Advanced Fiction Workshop. Advanced theory and practice of the genre of fiction. 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. May be repeated once for credit. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: WRT 330.

WRT 451 Advanced Writing for the Web. Emphasizes writing and designing websites using web content management systems (CMS). Students will learn to configure the CMS for drafting, revising, managing, and organizing documents, and they will use the CMS to create websites for various types of communities and different organizational needs. Offered winter semester of even years. Prerequisite: WRT 351.

WRT 455 Multimodal Composing. Multimodal composing prepares writers to make informed choices regarding the mixing of modes in their composing processes. This course explores how media influence what texts accomplish and how they are received. Students analyze and produce texts that integrate words with other modes using a variety of software programs. Offered fall semester of odd years. Prerequisites: WRT 200 and WRT 253.

WRT 460 Advanced Creative 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. May be repeated once for credit. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: WRT 360.

WRT 465 Advanced Magazine Writing. This course expands on students' knowledge of magazine and long-form periodical writing and focuses on tailoring their writing and designs to specific markets and magazine styles. Offered winter semester of even years. Prerequisites: WRT 365.

WRT 490 Internship. A supervised work experience in an area of a student's potential career interest. Initiated by the student, who plans the work experience with the advisor, the faculty sponsor chosen to supervise the internship, and the supervisor at the worksite. As a rough guide, the student should expect to spend 45 hours per semester in the internship and supporting academic work for each credit awarded. Credit is awarded only when the student, the faculty sponsor, and the work supervisor have completed evaluations of the internship. Offered every semester.

WRT 490 Genre and Writing (Capstone). Explores the historical and ideological boundaries that define conventional writing genres: poetry and prose; fiction and nonfiction; literary fiction and genre fiction; academic writing and professional writing; text and hypertext; and so on. The course will consider disciplinary and professional influences on genre definition as well as various ethnic, gender, and economic conceptualizations of genre. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Writing core courses and senior standing.

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