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3911. Writing Satire. Writing Satire will take the form of a seminar using models of contemporary satire as a basis for students' own work. Guest satirists will be invited to meet with students. Students will be expected to write satirical sketches, short stories and/or plays based on their own experiences in response to current affairs and topical items of interest. Students will be expected to engage in at least one collaborative project.

3912. Song-writing. This seminar course uses models from early ballads to contemporary hits and near-misses as a basis for students' own work. Guest song-writers will be invited to meet with students to discuss their compositions. Students will analyze song lyrics, write their own songs, and collaborate on a major class project. The ability to sing or play a musical instrument or to read or write sheet music, while desirable, is not required.


3913. Write to Speak. This seminar course develops the student's ability to speak on all occasions, formal and informal, expected and unexpected. Students will deliver speeches of varying type and length on a regular basis throughout the semester.


3902. Introduction to Creative Writing: Playwrighting. The course is conducted as a seminar using models of contemporary dramatic writing and the students’ own work. Each student will be required to submit work regularly.

Prerequisites: The regular prerequisites for 3000-level offerings, plus submission of a portfolio specified by the instructor and permission of the instructor.
NOTE: Students can receive credit for only one of English 3902 and the former English 3842.

3903. Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction. The course is conducted as a seminar using models of contemporary writing and the students’ own work. Each student will be required to submit work regularly.

Prerequisites: The regular prerequisites for 3000-level offerings, plus the submission of a portfolio specified by the instructor and permission of the instructor. Class size will be limited.

3910. Investigative Writing. Students learn to draft and edit short investigative pieces; and they complete an article or essay, and an investigative project that attends to ethics guidelines, research, documentation, interviewing protocols, and writing and editing for a specific context. The course is conducted as a seminar using the students’ own work. Each student will be required to submit work regularly. Some work may be done collaboratively.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Normally, admission to this course will be based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s writing. Class size will be limited.

3920. Reviewing. Students analyze and practice reviewing of three kinds: (a) performance; (b) film, TV video; (c) books.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Normally, admission to this course will be based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s writing. Class size will be limited.

4912. Advanced Creative Writing: Playwrighting. The course is conducted as a seminar using models of contemporary writing and the students’ own work. Each student will be required to submit work regularly.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one Creative Writing course at the 3000-level, plus a portfolio specified by the instructor and permission of the instructor.

4913. Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction. The course is conducted as a seminar using models of contemporary writing and the students’ own work. Each student will be required to submit work regularly.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one Creative Writing course at the 3000-level, plus submission of a portfolio specified by the instructor and permission of the instructor. Class size will be limited.

4914: Advanced Editing. Editing for the workplace: An intensive course in drafting and editing. Students will be expected to work both individually and collaboratively.

Prerequisites/Co-requisite: Normally, admission to this course will be based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s writing. Class size will be limited.

English 4920 - Creative Writing: Introduction to Screen Writing: It is a seminar course for students who wish to write performable scripts for television and film.

English 4920-4930: Special topics in Creative Writing.

5200. Instructional Field Placement in Professional Writing. (6 cr.hrs.). Upon completion of the courses in the Diploma in Professional Writing (18 credit hours), students will be placed in work-place environments where they will contribute under supervision to the planning, drafting and editing of documents.

Prerequisites: Completion of the six courses in the program, with an overall average of 65% in these courses.

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