Writing Courses

Writing Courses

WRI 2040 GENRES OF CREATIVE WRITING (3 s.h.)

An introduction to creative writing in four genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. This course has as its prerequisites both ENG 1010 and 1020 (which the student needs to have taken at Methodist University and passed with a grade of C or higher) and is itself and additional prerequisite for all upper level creative writing courses unless a writing sample is submitted and special permission of the instructor to enter those upper-level classes is sought and granted. For transfer students or for those students who CLEP ENG 1010 and/or 1020, a writing sample and permission of the instructor is required. Cross listed as ENG 2040. Can only be counted toward one program. This course is offered every fall semester.

WRI 2200 PROFESSIONAL WRITING (3 s.h.)

A comprehensive overview of print and digital publishing and the study of professional writing (business subject areas), from the evaluation of documents to sales and marketing. Students learn about careers in the professional writing field and about resources, including organizations, publishers and activities (international, national, regional, and local). Guest lecturers offer specialized expertise.

WRI 2570 WRITING FOR COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA I (3 s.h.)

News, news-gathering, and news and feature structures, including preparation of copy for publications. Experience and practice in reporting techniques and problems and ethics in laboratory work based on campus and community assignments. Submission of assigned news stories. Either WRI 2570 or 2580 (but not both) is creditable toward either the major or minor in Writing. Not creditable toward either the major or minor in English. Prerequisites: Passing grades in ENG 1010 and 1020 or special permission of the instructor. Cross listed as COM 2570. This course is offered every fall semester.

WRI 2580 WRITING FOR COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA II (3 s.h.)

Reporting and feature writing, including writing for the broadcast media. Further practice in reporting and in writing of articles, editorials, and interpretive journalism. Prerequisites: Passing grades in ENG 1010 and 1020 or special permission of the instructor. Either WRI 2570 or 2580 (but not both) is creditable toward either the major or minor in Writing. Not creditable toward either the major or minor in English. Cross listed as COM 2580. This course is offered every spring semester.

WRI 3200 BUSINESS WRITING (3 s.h.)

Offered by the English department. Counted as a business administration elective. May be counted toward the major in English or Business Administration, but not both. Cross listed as ENG 3200. This course is offered every spring semester.

WRI 3210 TECHNICAL WRITING (3 s.h.)

Development of writing skills necessary in technical and scientific fields. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. Cross listed as ENG 3210. This course is offered as needed.

WRI 3220 ADVANCED GRAMMAR (3 s.h.)

The history of the English language; an analysis of the structure of English grammar: sounds, parts of speech, sentence patterns, prose style, and the new grammars. Required for writing majors. Cross listed as ENG 3220. This course is offered every spring semester in even-numbered years.

WRI 3230 ADVANCED EXPOSITORY WRITING (3 s.h.)

Study and analysis of models of excellence; practice in various techniques and types of composition; use of computers specific to the discipline of English. Required for writing majors. Cross listed as ENG 3230. This course is offered every spring semester in even numbered years.

WRI 3240 CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION (3 s.h.)

The development of fiction-writing skills, using short stories and novels as models. Students produce a minimum of 10,000 words. Cross listed as ENG 3240. Can be counted toward only one program. This course is offered every fall semester in even-numbered years.

WRI 3250 CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY (3 s.h.)

The development of poetry-writing skills, using traditional and modern forms as models. Students produce a portfolio of their work. This course is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.

WRI 3260 CREATIVE WRITING: DRAMA (3 s.h.)

The development of play-writing skills, using a broad selection of plays, ancient to modern, as models. Each student writes at least one play. Film and/or television drama can serve as alternate focuses. This course is offered every fall semester in odd-numbered years.

WRI 32700 FEATURE WRITING FOR POPULAR MAGAZINES (3 s.h.)

Magazine and feature-section writing. Each student attempts publication of material written in the class. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. This course is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.

WRI 3300 GRANT WRITING (3 s.h.)

A comprehensive overview of the grant writing process from research to submission. Students will write a grant for a nonprofit organization. Variations on the traditional grant writing process and what to do following an award or rejection will also be discussed. Lecturers offer specialized expertise.

WRI 3530 DESKTOP PUBLISHING (3 s.h.)

Serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of desktop publishing in the context of corporate communications. This course provides students with an understanding and an appreciation of how audio/visual materials can be used to communicate messages and concepts routinely used in the business world. These messages include print-based newsletters, electronic presentations, and the rudiments of Internet web page design. The class also discusses the basics of computer filing and routine applications and skills. This course is offered every Spring semester. Cross-listed as WRI 3530. Can be counted toward only one program.

WRI 4160 WRITING INTERNSHIP (1-3 s.h.)

Experiential learning. An opportunity for an upper-level Writing or English major to work either in the public or private sector at a position involving writing, editing, or research. The student is assigned duties approved by the Department Chair, a supervising English or Writing instructor, and an on-site supervisor. Written reports by the student are required. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status, a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all Writing and English classes, and permission of the supervising instructor. For elective credit. Not creditable toward either the 18 s.h. at the 3000 level or above in English or the 18 s.h. at the 2000 level or above in Writing required by those majors.

WRI 4330 COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING (3 s.h.)

Provides instruction on how to copyedit and proofread various kinds of texts, both in hard copy and electronically. Includes a review of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and usage. Prerequisite: ENG 3220.

WRI 4850 SPECIAL STUDIES (3 s.h.)

To be determined. In-depth study involving research or research/travel and writing. Prerequisite: permission of the department chair. This course is offered as needed.

WRI 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN WRITING (TBA)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.

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