English Writing (ENWR)

ENWR 115  Imaginative Writing: The Art & Practice of Writing Creatively  (4)  

This course aims to show the role of imagination in the composing process, including its role in writing with creativity and empathy. The focus of this class is the study and practice of creative writing and creativity. This course introduces the craft of creative writing at the college level. This will include the opportunities to develop your writing skills by engaging in the practice of creative writing as well as engaging in an analytical study of craft and creativity. We will engage in exploring questions about the nature of inspiration and the concept of creativity and consider the ways in which the craft based skills of creative writing can help us in all our writing endeavors. This course will include weekly reading and writing exercises, and strategies for revision.

ENWR 202  Introduction to Creative Writing  (3)  

This course introduces students to writing fiction, literary non-fiction, and poetry. The writing process of drafting, engaging with readers through a workshop, and revising on the basis of feedback is also introduced.

ENWR 222  Tourist or Traveler: Travel Writing in the New Millennium  (3)  

In this course, we will write essays about place and places, your reflections on travel, and your adventures as a traveler. The class will be discussion and workshop based.

ENWR 257  Journalism  (3)  

Techniques of news writing, editing, copy editing, feature writing, and newspaper makeup and publication (also listed as COMM 257). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

ENWR 290  Topics in Writing  (1-3)  

A range of courses offering specialized instruction in writing. May be repeated with different topic.

ENWR 307  Rhetoric  (3)  

A course in written argument, based on the advice of rhetoricians from ancient times to the present, and a wealth of contemporary examples. Emphasis on generating and evaluating evidence, organizing a persuasive essay, and writing with clarity and force.

ENWR 320  Creative Nonfiction Workshop  (3)  

This course provides opportunities for shaping literature from students' history and experience. The genres or kinds of writing produced will range widely, from family history, local stories and interviews to travelogues, personal, and narrative essays. Prerequisite: ENWR 202.

ENWR 321  Fiction Workshop  (3)  

Further experimentation and practice in fiction within a workshop environment. Students will build upon their experience and explore new techniques in working toward a confident voice. Prerequisite: ENWR 202.

ENWR 323  Poetry Workshop  (3)  

Further experimentation and practice in writing poetry within a workshop environment. Students will build upon their experience and explore new techniques in working toward a confident voice. Prerequisite: ENWR 202.

ENWR 325  Playwriting  (3)  

Principles of writing for the stage. Emphasis on dramatic structure, character development, plot management, dialogue, and critical analysis. (also listed as THTR 325)

ENWR 390  Topics in Writing  (1-3)  

A range of courses offering specialized instruction in writing. May be repeated with different topic.

ENWR 397  Independent Study  (1-3)  

May be repeated.

ENWR 420  Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Workshop  (3)  

In this class, students will undertake the advanced study of creative nonfiction. This term denotes a broad category of prose works such as personal essays, profiles, nature writing, narrative essays, idea-based essays, criticism, and literary journalism. We will focus on several of these genres over the course of the semester. We will study contemporary essayists, memoirists, and literary journalists to attempt to help us write our own essays that mix facts, reflection and imagination. We will also explore different forms of creative nonfiction, including but not limited to: audio essays, blogging and flash nonfiction. This is an advanced workshop in creative nonfiction. This means that you should already possess a substantive knowledge of contemporary writers; a fair understanding of process-oriented strategies for writing; a high degree of familiarity with the dynamics of in-class workshopping; and a strong sense of what constitutes the different facets of maintaining a viable journal. Prerequisite: ENWR 320.

ENWR 421  Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop  (3)  

In this class, students will look at the short story from a writerly perspective, which includes an advanced study of fiction craft. Students will complete and workshop at least two longer stories along with a number of weekly responses (total of 25 pages of polished, revised fiction due in portfolio form at semester’s end). Our focus of attention in this class will be, primarily, the contemporary short story. Students will develop skills as active readers and writers while paying attention not only to craft and form but also to thematic content amplified by them. This is primarily a workshop class, but active reading produces good writing. Prerequisite: ENWR 321.

ENWR 423  Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop  (3)  

An advanced seminar/workshop in the artistic practice of writing lyric; study of ways in which poets have thought about lyric; practices of imaginative making; introduction to contemplative practices which will fuel your writing; practice in the reading and interpretation of lyric poems. Prerequisite: ENWR 323.

ENWR 490  Topics in Writing  (1-3)  

A range of courses offering specialized instruction in writing. May be repeated with different topic.

ENWR 495  Senior Writing Project  (3)  

Required of English Writing majors during the first semester of the senior year. Successful completion of the Senior Writing Project satisfies the comprehensive examination requirement for the B.A. Prerequisite: A 400-level ENWR course.

ENWR 497  Independent Study  (1-3)  

May be repeated.

ENWR 499  Writing Internship  (1-3)  

May be repeated.