English/Writing (ENWR)

ENWR 100  Introduction to College Writing 3 Credits


A writing-intensive workshop that stresses the development of college-level thinking and writing skills through frequent writing assignments. Emphasis is on the writing process: prewriting; drafting; revising; using peer and teacher critique; editing and proofreading. Evaluation is partly based on a portfolio of revised writing. Enrollment by advising. This course provides 3 general elective credits. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 105  College Writing I: Intellectual Prose 3 Credits


Expository writing. A workshop course to develop thinking and writing abilities through frequent writing assignments based on critical response to intellectually challenging questions. Emphasis is on the writing process--prewriting, drafting, revising, using peer and teacher critique, editing, and proofreading. A minimum of five essays is required, including an extensive documented essay that requires research. Evaluation is partly based on a portfolio of revised writing. With ENWR 106, meets Gen Ed 2002 - Communication, Writing/Literature. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 106  College Writing II: Writing and Literary Study 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 105 or HONP 100. The second semester of the intensive first-year writing sequence. Emphasis on the writing process continues as students study works of fiction, poetry, and drama in order to improve their writing and their understanding and appreciation of complex literary texts. Required: approximately 6,000 words of formal writing, including at least one documented essay. With ENWR 105, meets two-semester Gen Ed 2002 - Communication, Writing/Literature. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 200  Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry, Drama 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. Writing as a creative process with explorations in poetry, drama, fiction and autobiography. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 204  Writing for Clarity and Style 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 105 or HONP 100. This course is dedicated to intensive, advanced work on academic, professional, and public writing. Students will develop their skills as writers through drafting and revision, peer review, and exposure to research on language practices and the writing process. Students will have the opportunity to analyze their strengths and weaknesses as writers, to develop strategies for editing and polishing, and to enhance their ability to analyze and construct arguments. The course will also provide sustained attention to achieving clarity of prose, with particular emphasis on editing, style, grammar, syntax, and mechanics. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 205  Creative Nonfiction 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. Advanced writing skills with stress on developing a personal writing style, adapting writing style to various subjects and audiences and experimenting with different modes of exposition. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 206  Workplace Writing 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. This writing-intensive course focuses on the skills needed for effective communication in the workplace, with an emphasis on audience, genre, and use of technology. Students will learn how to construct persuasive proposals, executive summaries, and other professional writing documents. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 207  Technical Writing 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. Writing skills essential in technology, science and industry with emphasis on mechanism and process description, analysis of data, recommendation proposals and formal reports. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 208  Digital Writing: Composing with Text, Image, and Sound 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. This course explores how people write digitally, through multiple modalities and in varied contexts. Digital writers make use of all semiotic channels to communicate effectively among different groups and for different purposes, and thus students in this course will analyze and produce texts that combine alphabetic writing with audio, video, and images. Classical rhetorical principles such as kairos, invention, delivery, purpose, pathos, audience, and arrangement will provide the foundation for discussing how authors can effectively deploy messages in digital contexts. This course will balance production and analysis, with students creating and critiquing digital texts. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 209  Visual Rhetoric and Writing 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. Students will consider the impact of the pervasiveness of the visual in contemporary society. Visual rhetoric is the way the images work on their own and collaborate with written text to create an argument designed to move a specific audience. Emphasizing the rhetorical nature of visuals and design, the course draws attention to the thinking, process, and skills that are part of design, with a focus on the design of various documents professional writers encounter. Students will be introduced to a variety of theories and design approaches. Through readings and projects, students will gain critical and practical skills to become better consumers and creators of visual texts. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 212  Introduction to Poetry Writing 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. Introduction to techniques of writing poetry alongside basic instruction in form and prosody. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 213  Introduction to Fiction Writing 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. Introduction to techniques of writing fiction, with an emphasis on the building blocks of narrative. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 215  Beginning Drama Workshop 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. Introduction to writing and evaluating dramatic dialogue with consideration of the problems of form, characterization and action. Usually students will complete a one-act play. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 220  Writing in the Major: the Analytic Essay 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. English majors only. Organized around individual instructors' chosen topic or theme, this course will focus on the development of students' skills in writing thesis-driven analytic essays about literary and cultural texts. Students will strengthen their reading and analytic abilities, using those skills to construct sophisticated arguments. Students will learn and apply the vocabulary, writing conventions, research methods, and documentation practices of the discipline. Students will write 5000-6000 words of formal prose and regularly revise their essays with feedback from peers and the instructor. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in English. Recommended but not required as a precursor to Pursuits of English. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 250  Special Topics in Writing 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. A course in writing not included in the regular departmental offerings. May be used by English majors as a departmental elective. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 290  Collaboration and Coauthoring 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101. This course will familiarize students with theories and practices of written collaboration and coauthoring, which are essential to the work of professional writers across fields. Students will read scholarship in the fields of rhetoric and composition studies, which offers theories for how and why writers collaborate, including the ways in which they problem-solve, compose, and revise in concert. Additionally, the course will examine a series of "case study" examples of coauthored texts across genres and disciplines in order to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how coauthoring and collaborative writing function in professional contexts. Finally, students will practice these skills, drawing on the tools, theories, and models studied throughout the semester, through the development and revision of their own coauthored and collaborative writing projects. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 301  Cooperative Education (English) 4-8 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. Special fee. A supervised employment experience, outside the classroom, but related to academic study in English. Not included in major requirements. 3 hour lecture.

ENWR 302  Grant Proposal Writing 3 Credits


Prequisite(s): ENGL 201 or ENGL 280 or ENWR 204 or ENWR 206 or ENWR 207 or ENWR 208 or ENGL 270 or ENWR 290 or departmental approval. This course will provide students with the skills and tools to identify potential grant sources and will walk them through the steps to successful completion of the grant application process. Real‐world examples and applications in the course will provide students with practical experience. The instructor will provide basic theory and tips to strengthen confidence and skills in successful grant writing. Students will have the opportunity to complete an application for a program or initiative. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 311  Intermediate Fiction Workshop 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 213. Intermediate practice in techniques of writing fiction, with an emphasis on longer, more complex material. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 312  Intermediate Poetry Workshop 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 212. Intermediate practice in writing poetry through reading, workshops, and exercises in form and technique. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 318  Intermediate Drama Workshop 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 215. Intermediate writing of one-act and/or full-length plans with class analysis, conferences, and staged readings. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 350  Writing Women Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENGL 300, JOUR 210, JOUR 211, ENWR 250, ENWR 204, ENWR 205, ENWR 206, ENWR 207, or WMGS 201. This course exposes students to writing-as-social-action through intensive study of the topic of sexual violence against women. Students will gain a broad-based understanding of community literacy and the role of writing outside school walls in order to fully explore how writing can function as an activist tool for the prevention of sexual violence. We will read broadly on the issue of sexual violence against women-analyzing depictions of rape in popular language, exploring how rape has been discussed in feminist theory and scholarship, and researching community-based and activist responses to rape and its prevention--in order to strengthen our own literacy practices towards prevention and awareness-raising. Students will be familiar with local, national, and international agencies that work to protect women from sexual violence and advocate for rape survivors. Students will develop activist writing projects that work to serve and further these existing efforts. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 371  Teaching Writing in the Public Schools 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 204 or ENWR 206 or ENWR 207 or ENWR 208 or ENWR 220 or ENGL 201 or ENGL 270 or ENGL 280. This offers students an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching writing to students in public schools (elementary, middle, and high). Students will explore all aspects of the writing process through the following activities: journaling, free-writing, drafting and revising analytical essays, peer review, and conferencing. Students will conduct research on writing issues, read foundational composition scholarship, respond to student writing, and experiment with approaches to teaching writing. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 385  Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENGL 260 or ENGL 262 or ENGL 263 or ENGL 270 or ENGL 280 or ENGL 300 or ENJR 210 or ENJR 216 or ENWR 205 or ENWR 206 or ENWR 207 or ENWR 212 or ENWR 220 or ENWR 250. This 3 credit course will introduce students to the theory and practice of individualized instruction. Students will explore three general but inter-related areas: how writers write, how they learn to write, and how to help writers revise their work. Students will read recent and historical scholarship in Writing Studies, learn how to provide useful comments on drafts of papers, original research on writers and writing, and reflect on their own experiences as writers and tutors. Students will practice these approaches in class, on line, and in the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE). 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 400  Community Writing: Theories, Practices, and Partnerships 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 301 or ENWR 315 or ENWR 317 or ENWR 371 or ENWR 385 or ENGL 384 or departmental approval. This course will explore the ways in which writing exists beyond the boundaries of what we have come to know as "writing or school". As we learn about the many manifestations and purposes of writing outside of school, we will ultimately reflect on more traditional ideas about school writing in order to think about the relationships between these varied contexts. We will explore writing practices that extend beyond academic discourse alone and into alternate genres that can bring communities together and create social and political change. This writing can take on many different forms: oral history projects; community-based creative writing collections; political manifestos; grant proposals; awareness-raising pamphlets and newsletters, and more. This course will offer a foundational understanding of how writing practices develop on the community level, distinct from school-based practices, and invite and expanded notion of what it could mean to write inside-and outside- of school. We will work as researchers and program builders in order to put some of these ideas into practical shape. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 411  Advanced Fiction Workshop 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 311. Fiction writing with intensive class analyses, individual conferences, and completion of a capstone project. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 412  Advanced Poetry Workshop 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 312. Poetry writing with intensive class analyses, individual conferences, and completion of a capstone project. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 491  Seminar in Writing 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): ENWR 106 or HONP 101; junior or senior English major. Creative writing, expository writing or theories of the teaching of composition for the advanced student. Enrollment limited. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 3 hours seminar.

ENWR 583  Teaching Writing Through Literature 3 Credits


The course considers the best theories and practices for teaching writing through literature. Students will also examine the social and historical intersection of literary studies and writing pedagogy. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 585  Theory and Practice of Writing Centers 3 Credits


This course will focus on teaching writing through one-on-one instruction in the context of university writing centers. Students will learn how to conduct one-on-one conferences-a standard instructional model in writing centers-face to face and online, informed by readings of current scholarship on writing centers, learning styles, collaboration and language and literary acquisition. The course will begin with a review of the revolution in Writing Studies that occurred in the late 1970s through 1980s in the US and the relevant composing models, emergence of writing centers, and theories of individualized writing instruction that subsequently followed. The course will equip students with a range of instructional strategies suited to the particular needs of struggling writers, such as second-language learners, through the study of scholarship on cognitive and social forces that enable and inhibit writing development, as well as best writing center tutorial practices for maximizing individual potential. Students will complete a major research project on a key issue in individualized instruction and writing centers, as well as statement of their philosophy of teaching and learning, along with other writing assignments (such as essays, journal entries, blogs, digital presentations, research papers, among others) intended for reflection, research, and practice. 3 hours of lecture.

ENWR 586  Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing 3 Credits


This course explores the social, educational, and linguistic foundations of writing instruction, including various models of composing and approaches to writing pedagogy. Students will learn how to respond to writing, identifying strengths and strategies for improvement, and explore ways to encourage revision. Practicing and prospective teachers will examine the theory, research, and practice of writing instruction through a process of inquiry, workshops, and analysis of their own writing. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 588  Research in Writing Studies 3 Credits


An introduction to representative empirical research in composition pedagogy and writing studies. In the first half of the semester students will be introduced to a range of methodologies used in research in writing and composition studies. Inquiry models will include survey, ethnography, case study, the interview. In the second half of the semester students will explore a research question using one or more of the methodologies taught. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 590  Graduate Writing Seminar 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. Writing in one or more of the following: essay, scholarly research, autobiography, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 hours seminar.

ENWR 598  Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing 3 Credits


An inquiry into the rhetorical and theoretical roots of current questions, methods and practices of writing instruction--to investigate the possibility that both teaching writing and writing itself are deeply constructed endeavors, rooted in structures of language, perception, knowing and being that are often discussed in theoretical discourse. 3 hours lecture.

ENWR 600  Seminar in Writing Studies 3 Credits


Advanced study of a topic, issue or theory in the field of Writing Studies. See current announcement for specific topic. Students may repeat the Writing Studies Seminar up to 2 times for a total of 9 credits as long as the topic is different each time. 3 hours lecture.