Our Courses

PWR 295: Introduction to Professional Writing

Introduces students to the principles of writing in a range of professional genres and presents options that they may pursue in future course work and careers. Fulfills: LASR. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 213: Writing Poetry

Don’t leave college without taking a creative writing class. Creative writing is one of the great traditions of a liberal arts education. Whether you choose fiction or poetry, a creative writing workshop is a unique college experience, and a chance to stretch yourself, to take some chances, and give voice to your individual perspective. In a workshop environment, students will practice techniques and strategies for making poetry a personal form of discourse. Fulfills: GE 8; LASR; PRES. (3 cr. hr.) 

PWR 212: Writing Fiction

In a workshop environment, students practice writing skills with an emphasis on the short story. Fulfills: GE 8; LASR. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 210: Writing in the Digital Age

New media technologies are opening entirely new ways to work and exciting new professions from web and game design to distance education and e-commerce. Regardless of your major, you can improve your job market value by becoming a proficient user of the latest electronic communication and design tools. And we’ll do more than just show you how these applications work; this course will also teach you how to write effectively and persuasively in these new media. Three lecture hours and a two-hour lab. Prerequisite: CPN 101 or 103. Fulfills: GE 12. (4 cr. hr.) 

PWR 410: Digital and Technical Writing for Community Development (new for Spring 2013!)

Are you interested in learning advanced digital and technical skills that can enable you to launch a career as a technical writer, web designer, content strategist, or social media strategist? Do you want to make a difference in the world through digital technology? This innovative class will teach you how to engage in high-end digital projects in professional settings, such as designing a content management system or website for a business or non-profit, marketing a brand or cause to an international audience, and developing infographics and interactive resources that teach users about important processes, issues, or resources, or even developing new applications or tools that improve the way websites work.

PWR 315: Writing Creative Nonfiction

Writing Creative Nonfiction emphasizes the practice of writing and revising the nebulous, amorphous form of "the essay." Students will read and respond to essays that take as their impetus the natural world, travel, personalities, personal experience, physical objects, and the like. Prerequisite: CPN 101 or 103. Fulfills: GE 8. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 323: Writing Children’s Literature

Everyone wants to create the next Harry Potter. A day doesn't seem to go by without another celebrity publishing another children's book. If you have small children, you know that the quality of children's books can vary greatly (much like books for the rest of us!). Writing books for children and young adults is an acquired skill. Start acquiring it. Fulfills: LASR. (3 cr. hr.) 

PWR 324: Grantwriting

A significant avenue for careers in writing lies in the public sector. All varieties of schools, local and national charities, cultural institutions, non-profits, and non-goverment organizations rely upon grant money to accomplish their good works. In addition, grants can be an important form of support for individual artists and even starting businesses. A successful grantwriter is a often sought-after individual for such organizations. This course will get you started. Prerequisite: CPN 101 or 103. (3 cr. hr.) 

PWR 340: Writing Sports Literature

This course asks you to develop creative nonfiction essays using sports as a subject. Sports, in this context, might include chess, ballroom dancing, belly dancing, boxing, beer pong and RPG's. It's not your daddy's football game any more. Prerequisite: CPN 101 or 103. (3 cr. hr .) 

PWR 393: Technical Writing

Technical writing is a growing, well-paid profession that stretches across a variety of fields from medicine and science to web design and business communication. In this course we will introduce you to professional techniques, the many genres of technical communication, and persuasive strategies for addressing a variety of audiences. This course will enhance your writing skills and prepare you for success in the written aspects of your future profession. Prerequisite: CPN 101 or 103. Fulfills: LASR. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 395: Revising and Editing

Many of our students aspire to be careers in the publishing industry as editors. Of course, to be an editor you need to know the practices of standard American English (you know, "grammar rules"), but you need to know far more than that. You need to understand how edit and revise a text for a purpose, for style, for clarity, for a particular audience, and so on. Sure, when you take College Composition you'll learn about "revising" and "editing" your papers, but this course is about far more than that. It's about you stepping into a new, professional way of understanding writing. Fulfills: LASR. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 397: Writing for Online Publication

Writing for a general Internet audience, conducting on-line research, editing work for publication, and collaborating with other students to produce multimedia content for the international, student-authored Web magazine on campus. Prerequisite: CPN 101 or 103. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 398: Business Writing

From resumes and application letters to business proposals and corporate reports, your writing ability will play a crucial part in presenting your best possible image in the professional world. Business writing covers all the fundamental rhetorical issues and writing techniques that separate the fast-track professional from the rest of the pack. If you are thinking about moving upward in your career (and you should be), you should be thinking about taking this course. Prerequisite: CPN 101 or 103. Fulfills: LASR. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 399: Rhetoric

This upper-level Professional Writing course studies the theory and practice of Western rhetoric; that is, the way that now-ancient practice of writing, reading and speaking is implicated in some basic human questions: Where do my opinions come from? Do I have good reasons for holding them? How should one influence others? What is good writing? How should I learn and teach writing? These issues will be studied in light of the strong swing to the right in recent American politics and culture. Students will study discussions of rhetoric from ancient Greek and Roman writing, medieval and early modern writing, and ending with an emphasis on modern rhetorical theory. Fulfills: GE 7; LASR. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 411: The Evolution of Writing

This course looks closely at the ways changes in writing are done--the rooms, processes, publication and media--and how they produce changes in how we think and write. This course studies three major "crises" in literacy: the Greek panic over writing, the Renaissance panic over writing, and our present panic over computers. Readings often include such diverse texts as Eisenstein (no, not Einstein), Walter Ong, Socrates, Neil Postman and the like. It sounds hard. It is. It also rox. Prerequisite: PWR 295. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 413: Contemporary Poetics

Writers write, but they also think about writing, talk about writing, and write about writing. Poetics is more than a “theory” about poetry; it’s more than the literary analysis of poetry; it’s the study of how texts are made and what they do in the world. It’s a study as old as Western civilization, going back to Aristotle, and is as vibrant and relevant today as it was then. Anyone whose serious about writing needs to understand poetics. Fulfills: LASR. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 415: Experiments in Creative Writing

Creative writing isn't just about short stories, novels and poems. Or screenplays and stageplays either. Creative writers work in a wide range of media nowadays from graphic novels to video games to hypertext fiction. But we'd be way off mark to imagine that experimentation with media and form hasn't always been an integral part of creative, art, and poetics. This course deals with experimentation in writing from the theory to the practical matters of working with new technologies. Prerequisite: PWR 209. (4 cr. hr.)

PWR 425: The Publishing Industry

Intensive study and practice in all phases of publishing, including working as an author, literary agent and editor; designing and promoting books and magazines, and understanding the market and culture of the industry. Prerequisite: PWR 295. (3 cr. hr.)

PWR 495: Internship in Professional Writing

Supervised experience in the professional work force in areas such as publishing, multi media, public relations, advertising and management. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA, computer literacy, nine credit hours of writing courses (300 level or higher), permission of English Department internship coordinator. (3-15 cr. hr.)

PWR 497: Senior Seminar in Professional Writing

Students will produce a Senior Writer’s Project that provides evidence of writing and editing skills through publication of a finished work and compile a portfolio of works. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor. (3 cr. hr.)