English

The Writing Studio Course Descriptions

ENGL 131: Introduction to Creative Writing

Credits: 5.0

An introduction to literary creative writing with an emphasis on the short story, poem, and creative nonfiction. Students will read contemporary examples of each genre and write their own original works. Seminar format. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the key elements of short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction via the works of contemporary writers.
  2. Describe the creative writing experience from the point of view of the writer.
  3. Assess their own writing and the writing of others.
  4. Explore idea-generating techniques and genre conventions to develop stories, poems, and essays.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing process and productive, sustainable writing habits.
  6. Describe the processes for manuscript preparation, submission, and publication.

ENGL 141: Telling True Stories I

Credits: 5.0

Exploration of several forms of creative nonfiction, including memoir and literary journalism. Students will read contemporary writers in the field and explore the genre through their own writing projects. Workshop format. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the genre's conventions and styles via the works of contemporary writers.
  2. Apply the genre's conventions and techniques to develop, revise, and edit their own writing projects.
  3. Assess their own writing and the writing of others.
  4. Communicate and interact effectively while giving and receiving feedback in writing groups.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing process and productive, sustainable writing habits.
  6. Describe and implement the process of submitting their work for publication.

ENGL 142: Telling True Stories II

Credits: 5.0

Continues ENGL 141's exploration of creative nonfiction and encourages students to expand their skills and productivity. Students will continue to read contemporary writers and explore the genre through their own writing. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 141 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the genre's conventions and styles via the works of contemporary writers.
  2. Apply the genre's conventions and techniques to develop, revise, and edit their own writing projects.
  3. Assess their own writing and the writing of others.
  4. Communicate and interact effectively while giving and receiving feedback in writing groups.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing process and productive, sustainable writing habits.
  6. Describe and implement the process of submitting their work for publication.

ENGL 151: Creative Writing: Poetry I

Credits: 5.0

An introduction to writing poetry, both formal and free verse. Students will read and critique the work of contemporary poets to become familiar with the genre as well as write their own poems. Workshop format. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the genre's conventions and styles via the works of contemporary writers.
  2. Apply the genre's conventions and techniques to develop, revise, and edit their own writing projects.
  3. Assess their own writing and the writing of others.
  4. Communicate and interact effectively while giving and receiving feedback in writing groups.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing process and productive, sustainable writing habits.
  6. Describe and implement the process of submitting their work for publication.

ENGL 152: Creative Writing: Poetry II

Credits: 5.0

Continues ENGL 151's introduction to formal and free-verse poetry writing and encourages students to expand their skills and productivity. Students will read and critique the work of contemporary poets to become familiar with the genre as well as to write their own poems. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 151 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the genre's conventions and styles via the works of contemporary writers.
  2. Apply the genre's conventions and techniques to develop, revise, and edit their own writing projects.
  3. Assess their own writing and the writing of others.
  4. Communicate and interact effectively while giving and receiving feedback in writing groups.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing process and productive, sustainable writing habits.
  6. Describe and implement the process of submitting their work for publication.

ENGL 161: Creative Writing: Fiction I

Credits: 5.0

An introduction to writing fiction, with an emphasis on the short story. Students will read and critique the work of contemporary fiction writers and will explore the genre through their own writing projects. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the genre's conventions and styles via the works of contemporary writers.
  2. Apply the genre's conventions and techniques to develop, revise, and edit their own writing projects.
  3. Assess their own writing and the writing of others.
  4. Communicate and interact effectively while giving and receiving feedback in writing groups.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing process and productive, sustainable writing habits.
  6. Describe and implement the process of submitting their work for publication.

ENGL 162: Creative Writing: Fiction II

Credits: 5.0

Continues ENGL 161's exploration of fiction writing and encourages students to expand their skills and productivity. Students will read and critique contemporary fiction writers and will explore the genre through their own writing projects. Workshop format. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the genre's conventions and styles via the works of contemporary writers.
  2. Apply the genre's conventions and techniques to develop, revise, and edit their own writing projects.
  3. Assess their own writing and the writing of others.
  4. Communicate and interact effectively while giving and receiving feedback in writing groups.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing process and productive, sustainable writing habits.
  6. Describe and implement the process of submitting their work for publication.

ENGL 171: Writing Plays

Credits: 5.0

An introduction to playwriting with an emphasis on the one-act play. Includes an historical overview of playwriting, reading one-act plays, and exploring the genre through writing assignments and a final project. Workshop format. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the genre's conventions and styles via the works of contemporary writers.
  2. Apply the genre's conventions and techniques to develop, revise, and edit their own writing projects.
  3. Assess their own writing and the writing of others.
  4. Communicate and interact effectively while giving and receiving feedback in writing groups.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing process and productive, sustainable writing habits.
  6. Describe and implement the process of submitting their work for publication.

ENGL 255: Special Topics: English

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Topics and seminars of current interest in English. Contact the English department for more information. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify and demonstrate thorough understanding of focused area of interest related to English composition, rhetoric, creative writing, or literature.

HUM 235: Publications

Credits: 5.0

Students form the editorial staff of the literary magazine and learn how to critique literary and visual arts. Includes an overview of editing, design, printing, and marketing. Prerequisite(s): ENGL& 101 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply creative and analytic techniques and reasoning to create and critique literary and/or visual-art works.
  2. Apply principles of layout and design to create a literary and visual-art publication.
  3. Apply publication methods/principles to budget, produce, and market the publication.
  4. Identify, analyze and evaluate key historical issues in publishing.

JOURN 115: College Newspaper

Credits: 1.0 to 2.0

Individualized course that builds on JOURN 125/135 writing and reporting skills, such as pitching stories, interviewing, news and feature writing and editing. Work with editorial staff of The Triton Review under instructor's supervision. Prerequisite(s): JOURN 125 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate improvement in specific writing and reporting skills established in Journalism 125/135 and identified in the initial contract.

JOURN 116: College Newspaper

Credits: 1.0 to 2.0

Individualized course that builds on JOURN 125/135 writing and reporting skills, such as pitching stories, interviewing, news and feature writing and editing. Working with the editorial staff of The Triton Review under instructor's supervision. Prerequisite(s): JOURN 115 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate improvement in specific writing and reporting skills established in Journalism 125/135 and identified in the initial contract.
  2. Build on improvements in writing and reporting skills established in Journalism 115.

JOURN 117: College Newspaper

Credits: 1.0 to 2.0

Individualized course that builds on JOURN 125/135 writing and reporting skills, such as pitching stories, interviewing, news and feature writing, and editing. Work with editorial staff of The Triton Review under instructor's supervision. Prerequisite(s): JOURN 116 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate improvement in specific writing and reporting skills established in Journalism 125/135 and identified in the initial contract.
  2. Build on improvements in writing and reporting skills established in Journalism 116.

JOURN 125: Introduction to Journalism I:CD

Credits: 5.0

Emphasizes integrating critical reading, thinking, and writing. Covers academic and journalistic composition methods, rhetorical principles, styles, conventions, and techniques for gathering, evaluating, using, and citing sources. Explores journalistic theories and the roles of journalism in societies, including market and cultural influences. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Integrate critical thinking, reading, and writing independently to locate, research, analyze, evaluate, and use various kinds sources.
  2. Adapt writing to audience, context, and purpose by independently using rhetorical principles and journalistic concepts in varied, complex ways.
  3. Apply composition principles and journalistic concepts independently by connecting ideas coherently, explaining them thoroughly, and arranging them logically in major news stories.
  4. Demonstrate writing processes by independently choosing and applying suitable strategies to different writing stages, such as idea generating, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading.
  5. Apply journalistic conventions for sentence-level writing and use AP style independently for formatting, documenting, and managing multiple sources of various kinds.
  6. Describe and evaluate journalism theories and trends, including market and cultural influences.
  7. Demonstrate interview skills, write in a range of journalistic modes, and apply journalistic ethics.
  8. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.

JOURN 126: Introduction to Journalism II

Credits: 5.0

Continuation of JOURN 125. Students will comprise the writing staff of the campus newspaper, The Triton Review. Article assignments will include news and feature stories, editorials and reviews. Some introduction to layout and design. Prerequisite(s): JOURN 125.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Build on skills established in Journalism 125 to integrate critical thinking, reading, and writing independently to locate, research, analyze, evaluate, and use various kinds sources.
  2. Demonstrate advanced techniques and methods for gathering information
  3. Adapt writing to audience, context, and purpose by independently using rhetorical principles and journalistic concepts in varied, complex ways.
  4. Apply composition principles and journalistic concepts independently by connecting ideas coherently, explaining them thoroughly, and arranging them logically in major news stories.
  5. Demonstrate writing processes by independently choosing and applying suitable strategies to different writing stages, such as idea generating, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading.
  6. Apply journalistic conventions for sentence-level writing and use AP style independently for formatting, documenting, and managing multiple sources of various kinds.
  7. Describe and evaluate journalism theories, trends, and evaluate both print and electronic publications for content and design.
  8. Demonstrate interview skills, write in a range of journalistic modes, and apply journalistic ethics.
  9. Demonstrate ability to meet the deadlines and demands of a regular production schedule.

JOURN 135: Writing the Feature:CD

Credits: 5.0

Emphasizes integrating critical reading, thinking, and writing. Covers academic and journalistic composition methods, rhetorical principles, styles conventions and techniques, focusing on feature writing. Explores journalistic theories and the roles of journalism in societies, including market and cultural influences. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate feature-writing skills (applied to non-breaking news stories, non-news matter, interviews, profiles, columns, etc.) by interpreting events, providing context, identifying sources, foregrounding human-interest elements, and conveying the color of stories and events.
  2. Demonstrate interview skills.
  3. Use headlines, captions, and accompanying photo/graphics to frame and enhance feature stories.
  4. Apply the basic principles of page design, photojournalism, and visual storytelling.
  5. Evaluate both print and electronic publications for article and design quality.
  6. Describe and apply the basic principles underlying libel law, journalism ethics, prior review and the student press, and AP style.
  7. Research submission possibilities.
  8. Describe and evaluate journalism theories and trends, including market and cultural influences.
  9. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.

JOURN 225: Newspaper Production

Credits: 5.0

Students comprise the operations staff of the campus newspaper, The Triton Review. Instruction will include elements of production, such as ethics, marketing, design and business operations. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Edit texts according to accepted journalistic style.
  2. Explore and apply elements of design theory to print and Web publications.
  3. Demonstrate teamwork skills and business/management skills related to publication by creating and implementing business strategies for distributing publications, keeping business records, expanding readership, recruiting personnel, and driving advertising.
  4. Describe and contribute to production process.
  5. Describe journalism's professional and ethical principles and explain how they apply to newspaper production.
  6. Demonstrate ability to meet deadlines and demands established by The Triton Review's production schedule.