Fall 2016 Professional Writing Course Offerings

WRI 100WICT: Contemporary Issues in Professional Writing

This course introduces students to the range of career opportunities and responsibilities within the field. Faculty members from the professional writing staff will assist the professor of record in developing and presenting an introduction to their respective areas of expertise. Other working professionals – including faculty from other departments, alumni, and area writers and/or employers interested in developing writing talent and/or in sharing their expertise – will be invited to participate when appropriate. Because the course provides an introduction to and overview of professional writing, students should complete the course early in their program.

WRI 205WI: Scientific Writing

The writing of formal reports and technical and scientific papers.

WRI 207WICT: Writing for the Workplace

Theory of and practice in written business communication. Letters and memoranda, reports, and a research paper are required. Models and case studies are used extensively.

WRI 208WI: Creative Writing – Exploring Forms

This course explores the various forms of creative writing through practical examination of the writing process, writing practice in multiple genres, and experiments in the transformations of familiar forms. While the course is useful particularly to creative writers, it is also designed to develop and sharpen academic or professional writing through creative practice. The course will be modeled as an apprentice workshop. In addition to writing, students will read poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama.

WRI 211WI: Journalism I

A study of the methods and philosophy of good journalism. A general survey of the development of journalism in this country and a study of the organization, management, and supervision of the content of school publications are included.

WRI 212WICT: Introduction to Mass Communications

A study of the method and philosophy of mass communications. Historical growth of the mass media is described. Interrelationships of present forms of mass communication are linked to the underlying necessity to write, speak, and think clearly and honestly.

WRI 213WI: Copy and Line Editing

Students in this course edit and re-write manuscript copy as well as their own writing. Emphasis is placed on identifying and correcting errors in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and essay structure to produce clear and polished copy.

WRI 214WICT: Magazine Writing

This basic course introduces students to magazine writing. Students learn what constitutes magazine style writing by studying magazine articles from a wide range of publications intended for diverse markets. Students examine the growth and development of the medium, the current state of the industry and trends for the future. Students write magazine articles and study the processes by which articles may be sold to appropriate publications.

WRI 216WICM: Writing for Public Relations

Students in this course analyze and compose various documents related to the field of public relations. Emphasis is placed on shaping perception through crafting clear, direct, and accurate prose.

WRI 222: Conventions of English Grammar

This course surveys the fundamentals and conventions of English grammar and syntax. Topics include lexical categories, phrase structure, clause structure, modification, subordination, punctuation, and language acquisition. Additional attention is given to stylistic concerns in order to sharpen students’ prose. This course is recommended for those pursuing degrees in Professional Writing, English, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education/English although it is open to any student wishing a deeper understanding of English grammar.

WRI 226WICP: Desktop Publishing – Writing and Editing Newsletters

Students in this course write and design short and long newsletters. Publications are created about current issues and for professional organizations. Emphasis is placed on positioning the organization through interesting, newsworthy articles and also on the interaction of text and graphics and the value of clean document design.

WRI 304WI: American Literary Journalism

Literary Journalism concerns the relationship between mass media journalism and literature, focusing on strategies and techniques of significant works and movements in American journalistic literature that students may apply to their own writing.

WRI 305WI: Journalism Laboratory

Journalism Laboratory provides guidance in the preparation and writing of news and feature material for the student newspaper, as well as examines issues facing the student press.

WRI 306: Advanced Magazine Writing: Covering a Specialty

This advanced course teaches students of magazine journalism how to develop a specialty. Students continue to study what constitutes magazine style writing by reading magazine articles from a wide range of publications and studying how their own specialty manifests in different publications. Students research and write magazine articles and study the process by which articles may be sold to appropriate publications.

WRI 333: Digital Rhetoric and Writing

This course focuses on honing the analysis and production of contemporary digital texts by extending longstanding academic conceptions rooted in the printed word alone. Specifically, the course examines how emerging areas within Rhetoric and Composition such as visual rhetoric, digital writing, and multimodal style are vital in cultivating sophisticated, responsive methods of analysis and production in a variety of online texts. Students will familiarize themselves with issues surrounding the creation, revision, and deployment of digital texts to better understand the complex rhetorics involved when arranging words, images, sounds, coding languages, available designs, fonts, colors, and spaces to make new kinds of 21st century texts and arguments.

WRI 340CM: Screenwriting I

This course will offer an introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting and will prepare students to write screenplays for motion pictures or television that meet industry standards. The class will include intensive writing, readings, script analyses, and critiques. Students will complete assignments in story, structure, character, and script development. In addition, students will be introduced to the business of being a screenwriter and a motion picture industry professional today. For the term project, students will complete a short narrative screenplay.

WRI 380: Professional Seminar

This course gathers professional writing majors to consider the function of an internship in the development of their careers, the relationship between finding employment, and the responsibilities of the professional writer in the working world, including mastery of varied writing styles and response to organizational hierarchies. Students must schedule the first three or more credits or WRI 390 Internship in Professional Writing concurrent with WRI 380 Professional Seminar.

WRI 426: Advanced Desktop Publishing – Writing and Designing Documents

In this advanced course, students will consider aspects of document composition in both content and design. Assignments will emphasize promotional copy writing as well as report writing.

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