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.

Prerequisites: ENG 1010; 1020 or 1040
Cross-listed: ENG 2040
Offered: fall


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


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

New, 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 the minor in Writing. Not creditable toward either the major or the minor in English.

Prerequisites: ENG 1010; 1020 or 1040; or permission of the instructor
Cross-listed: COM 2570
Offered: fall


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. 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: ENG 1010; 1020 or 1040; or permission of the instructor
Cross-listed: COM 2580
Offered: spring


WRI 3200 BUSINESS WRITING (3 s.h.)

Counted as a business administration elective. May be counted toward the major in English or Business Administration, but not both.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor
Cross-listed: ENG 3201
Offered: spring


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.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor
Cross-listed: ENG 3210. Can be counted toward only one program
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.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor

Cross-listed: ENG 3220
Offered: spring (even years)


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

Study and analysis of models of excellence; practice in various techniques and types of composition. Required for Writing majors.

Cross-listed: ENG 3230
Offered: spring in even-numbered years or as needed


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. Can be counted toward only one program.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor.

Cross-listed: ENG 3240
Offered: fall (even 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.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor
Offered: spring (odd 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.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall (odd years)


WRI 3270 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.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor
Offered: spring (odd 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.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor


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. Can be counted toward only one program.

Prerequisites: WRI 2040 or permission of the instructor
Cross-listed: COM 3530
Offered: spring


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
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.

Prerequisite: Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by Provost. Credit to be determined.