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WLT 018 – Business Writing for Professionals

Strengthen essential business writing skills and focus on rules of concise, clear and correct writing. Learn a five-step program for writing in today's business world.

Course Objectives:
1. apply essentials skills to ensure coherence and clarity in all methods of business writing;
2. effectively write a performance appraisal given a particular scenario;
3. evaluate, practice, and implement basic business writing techniques for style, correctness, and effectiveness, and
4. write, edit, and proofread a report for submission and evaluation.

WLT 019 – Proofing and Editing Techniques

Strengthen proofing and editing techniques. Learn to identify and correct errors through improved organization.

Course Objectives:
1. identify ways to avoid common pitfalls in writing and apply corrective techniques;
2. demonstrate and practice skills to strengthen and enhance writing; and
3. edit and proofread sample materials and apply techniques to proof and edit one¿s own written work.

WLT 209 – English Review

This course is designed to prepare the student to take the college assessment in English and pass.

Course Objectives:
1. determine if a group of words is a sentence, a sentence fragment, or a run on sentence;
2. make subjects and verbs agree in person, gender, and number;
3. demonstrate the ability to use the correct form of irregular verbs;
4. use commas, semicolons, and colons correctly;
5. use the apostrophe correctly with contractions and possessives;
6. determine if a word should be capitalized;
7. demonstrate an understanding of the correct usage of commonly confused words; and
8. develop the ability to use pronoun case and pronoun antecedent rules.

WLT 218 – Speed Spanish

Learn conversational Spanish by utilizing syntactical strategies to build sentences. Topics to be covered include: engage in conversational Spanish, describe six strategies for comprehension, and explain grammatical rules.

WLT 219 – Creative Writing

Gain insight on applying the techniques appropriate for each type of creative writing including narrative fiction and poems. Topics to be covered include: complexities of creative writing as an art and craft, representative works, varieties of literary forms, and the problems and promise of creative writing.

Course Objectives:
1. define creative writing as an art and craft;
2. analyze literary work as to form, content, character, and style;
3. develop mood, character, and setting;
4. critique work for technique, style, and content point of view; and
5. identify several varieties of literary form.

WLT 220 – Fundamentals of Technical Writing

Learn the skills you need to succeed in the well-paying field of technical writing. You'll discover the secrets of successful technical writers, including technical writing conventions, interviewing skills, documentation management, publishing and formatting techniques, and how to get your first job as a technical writer. You'll also learn how to get your first job as a technical writer and "tricks of the trade" that enable you to create high-quality documentation with less work.

Course Objectives:
1. explain complex subject matters in easy to understand terms,
2. develop graphics and templates for documentation management, and
3. publish documents both on paper and electronically.

WLT 221 – the Craft of Magazine Writing

Have you ever thought about writing for magazines? Turn your dreams into bylines and help yourself to a bright future as a magazine writer. It's fun, it's easy, and a great source of extra income. If you're a determined new writer, or if you haven't written for magazines in years, this class will jump start your new career. You'll learn plenty of powerful brainstorming techniques designed to practically write every article for you.

Course Objectives:
1. develop a magazine article suitable for publication,
2. explain and demonstrate the Bubble method of writing analysis, and
3. use the Internet to research data.

WLT 228 – YOUR SCREENWRITING CAREER

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the relationship between classic story structure and common Hollywood formulas,
2. identify genres in demand,
3. write and revise a screenplay that includes plot and character development,
4. format a screenplay typescript according to accepted methods, and
5. market a screenplay.

WLT 229 – Report Writing/Study Skills

This course is designed to enable the student who is a police officer to learn to write reports, memos, or letters to improve study skills.

WLT 239 – Introduction to Journaling

The course is designed to instruct students how to begin journaling, including a seven-step process that will ease you into writing a journal. Students can use a journal to explore thoughts, feelings, and values, and emotional well-being. Topics include types of journaling (including dream journaling), developing, decorating, and customizing, journaling techniques, exercises, tools, resources, usage, punctuation, spelling, and pronunciation and slang.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the difference between a journal and a diary,
2. use the proper forms of irregular verbs and make correct word choices,
3. apply a seven-step process to begin journaling,
4. evaluate the most popular and beneficial journaling techniques, and
5. practice using journaling to record and explore experiences.

WLT 240 – Writing for Children

Touch the hearts of children through writing. Turn your book idea into a finished product and explore new opportunities and markets. You'll cover fiction and nonfiction manuscript, children's literature, niche players, and tools and resources for writers.

Course Objectives:
1. revise, format, edit, and proofread effective documents;
2. describe the difficulties and benefits of writing great documents;
3. sequence ideas and develop effective styles;
4. determine the purpose of a document, gather information, and prepare an outline;
5. write powerful sentences and correct common sentence mistakes;
6. review punctuation and mechanical conventions of technical writing;
7. improve odds of becoming published by better understanding the general marketplace, the submission process, and the specific needs of publishers; and
8. begin to forge a writer¿s path by learning from other children¿s writers.

WLT 242 – A LOOK AT DETECTIVE FICTION

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the origins of detective fiction and present trends in this type of genre,
2. analyze the components of different categories within the genre, and
3. identify books and authors within each category.

WLT 244 – Mystery Writing

Explore in-depth mystery writing methods and techniques in order to become a published author. Topics to be covered include four story types - how they relate to mystery writing, three-act story structure, difference between story and plot, specific techniques for writing mysteries.

Course Objectives:
1. describe different narrative structures and plot devices;
2. explain the difference between plot and story;
3. demonstrate the ability to create plot elements, such as hook, backstory, and trigger; and
4. create an outline for a piece of mystery fiction incorporating the writing elements taught in this course.

WLT 245 – TECHNICAL AND REPORT WRITING

Course Objectives:
1. choose the appropriate format for a technical writing assignment;
2. demonstrate correct formatting of a variety of reports;
3. plan and organize technical material;
4. develop the ability to proofread and correctly edit a technical document; and
5. develop clear, concise and correct narrative copy to support a technical document.

WLT 246 – Eastern and Middle Eastern Literature

Survey different types of literature and the common thread among them, using five New York Times bestsellers by contemporary novelists. Beginning with Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (Sri Lanka), other readings will include Moth Smoke by Mohisn Jamid (Pakistan), The Attack by Yasmiona Khadra (Arab/Israeli conflict) and Empress Orchid by Anchee Min (China).

Course Objectives:
1. apply literary tools to analyze and discuss contemporary literature,
2. identify cultural differences between American culture and the studied area, and
3. identify the cultural differences between each studied area.

WLT 249 – Skills for Speaking in Public

Become a successful public speaker. Topics include selecting a topic; techniques for speaking clearly and audibly; controlling nervousness; keeping the audience's attention; listening to an audience and presenting an appropriate image through posture, dress and behavior.

Course Objectives:
1. examine a topic and develop the topic into proper speech content,
2. speak clearly and audibly,
3. describe techniques to control nervousness,
4. explain techniques to keep the attention of an audience, and
5. identify the items that help to create an appropriate image.

WLT 250 – Obtaining a Federal Job

Learn how to search for and apply for a Federal job. Topics include how to complete a Federal application package that includes the Federal resume, a KSAs essay and a cover letter.

Course Objectives:
1. use USAJOBS to search for a federal Job;
2. discuss the advantages of becoming a UASJOBS member;
3. create a job search agent;
4. analyze vacancy announcements;
5. review duties, qualifications, and evaluations of vacancy announcements;
6. write an KSA essay;
7. write a cover letter; and
8. prepare and submit a federal resume.

WLT 251 – Memoir Writing

Learn to apply appropriate techniques to memoir writing. Class assignments will include writing about a favorite home; a favorite person in the family; a trip taken; the student's least favorite person; humor; emotions and rewriting previous assignments.

Course Objectives:
1. participate in discussions of stories written by classmates,
2. read stories and emphasize techniques learned in class,
3. critique stories read by classmates,
4. edit stories based on critiques by the instructor and classmates; and
5. discuss the theme and message in each story.

WLT 252 – Creative Writing

Enhance your writing skills by learning appropriate techniques for creative writing. Topics include: using descriptions to create a setting; writing about a person and developing characterization; writing about a place to create a setting; editing and revising; using humor and emotion and writing to develop a sense of mystery.

Course Objectives:
1. participate in discussions of stories written by classmates,
2. read stories and emphasize techniques learned in class,
3. critique stories read by classmates,
4. edit stories based on critiques by the instructor and classmates; and
5. discuss the theme and message in each story.

WLT 254 – Short Stories in American Literature: America's Gems

Examine the uniquely American phenomenon known as the short story, emphasizing plot, character, setting and theme. The following authors will be discussed: Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, James Thurber, Grace Paley, Curt Vonnegut, Jr. Conrad Aiken, Sara Orne Jewett and James Baldwin.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss styles of selected authors and how their integration of plot, characters, settings, and themes impacted the durability of their short stories;
2. compare and contrast styles of selected authors in their integration of plot, characters, settings, and themes in their short stories; and
3. identify and discuss from each story the life lesson that can be learned.

WLT 255 – Literature of the 1920's: The Lost Generation & The Harlem Renaissance

Uncover the literature of the social and societal period that was the roaring 20s. Discuss, interpret and compare the content and styles of the following writers using an historical background and fundamental literary tools of analyses: Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises"; John Dos Passos' "The 42nd Parallels"; F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night" and Jean Toomer's "Can".

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the literature in the context of a historical framework;
2. analyze and compare the works through literary criticism to include plot, characterization, theme, tone, and mood; and
3. identify literary techniques to include style and period influences.

WLT 256 – How to Write and Sell Romance Novels

Gain the necessary insight on how to write and publish a romance novel. Topics include character development, writing love scenes, creating romantic imagery, romance novel story structure, and getting published in today's romance novel market.

Course Objectives:
1. create characters through the use of conflict and emotional tension,
2. create mood through the use of visual imagery,
3. identify the structural elements of a typical romance story, and
4. discuss several techniques to market a manuscript.

WLT 257 – Researcn Methods for Writers

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to efficiently and effectively conduct research for any writing projects including fiction, nonfiction, and business. This course will allow the student to take a virtual guided tour of the library to access public records, and conduct successful Internet searches. Topics to be covered include personal interviews, public reports, surveys, polls, and historical research.

Course Objectives:
1. revise, format, edit, and proofread business documents;
2. demonstrate proper spelling and punctuation;
3. describe library systems and resources;
4. describe how to access public records; and
5. demonstrate an understanding of ¿mind mapping¿ and the appropriate use of jargon.

WLT 258 – Writing a Winning Resume

This course is designed to teach students how to identify their personal and workplace skills and how to represent these skills on a resume and in a job interview. Topics to be covered include identifying skills employers are seeking; defining skills and where they come from; the skills triangle -- transferable, job content, and self-management; using the Topic, Background, Action, Results (TBAR) method; identifying elements of an effective resume; preparing a reference list; and using software tools to create resumes.

Course Objectives:
1. identify personal skills that are valued in the workplace,
2. cite the skills performed on the job,
3. identify transferable skills,
4. use examples to illustrate job skills in an interview,
5. demonstrate the ability to create a resume to include skills and other pertinent information,
6. utilize several resume building software packages available via the Internet,
7. create a resume, and
8. demonstrate the ability to create a list of references for a potential employer.

WLT 259 – Looking for Work in the 21st Century: Job Searching and Interviewing

Learn to carry out a comprehensive job search. Capture the attention of potential employers and gain the competitive edge needed to get, and be successful at, an interview. Build the confidence you need to: use traditional methods and the Internet to explore the job market; apply for jobs online; prepare for different stages of the interview process; develop clear examples that emphasize abilities; identify proper attire for different industries.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to locate job leads via traditional methods and the Internet,
2. identify proper interview attire for specific industries,
3. complete online requests for resumes, and
4. prepare for the various stages of the interview process.

WLT 260 – Grant Writing Fundamentals

This course is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of successful grant writing. Topics to be covered include planning, research, proposal writing and packaging, proposal submission, and follow up.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the steps to write a grant proposal,
2. discuss the importance to plan and prepare for the grant proposal process,
3. describe different facets of research associated with grant proposal development,
4. identify the essential components of a grant proposal,
5. explain the importance of the essential components of a grant proposal,
6. explain the importance of proper grant proposal submission, and
7. describe the steps for follow-up on a grant proposal submission.

WLT 261 – Emerging Voices

Examine and compare the work of four new, highly respected writers - two men and two women, studying a work from each using literary techniques and analysis. Expand reading, discussion and thinking skills and continue to develop literary literacy. Books include Alan Drews' "Gardens of Water"; Mischa Berlinski's "Fieldwork"; Lauren Groff's "The Monsters of Templeton" and Peter Ho Davies' "The Welsh Girl".

Course Objectives:
1. discuss and compare the literary techniques of the works of particular writers,
2. analyze the works of the authors from a historical and societal perspective, and
3. identify the depth and content of each work and its contribution to the value of the work.

WLT 262 – Literature of the 19th and 20th Century: Authors of Significance

Explore the literature of the social and societal period of the 19th and 20th Centuries in works by Harper Lee; Truman Capote, Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth Peters, Anne Perry Nicholas Sparks, Owen Parry, Larry McMurtry, and others. Discuss, interpret and compare their works using an historical background and fundamental literary tools of analyses.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss specific authors and how their style developed from their experiences,
2. describe how particular works reflected the societal era in which they were written, and
3. identify the particular themes and depth of purpose within the authors¿ works.

WLT 264 – Mystery Writers of the 20th Century: Authors of Significance

Investigate the intriguing milieu of the 19th and 20th Century's most significant writers of mysteries: Poe, Christie, Hammett, Tey, Perry, Lippman, Elizabeth Peters, Ellis Peters and others. Using tools of analysis, discussion and biographical data, interpret and compare themes, ideas, styles and content of novels.

Course Objectives:
1. compare and contrast styles of these mystery writers and how their integration of plot, characters, settings, and themes impacts the durability of their literature;
2. apply literary tools to analyze and discuss mystery literature; and
3. analyze and discuss clues to enduring mystery classics.

WLT 265 – Report Writing

This course is designed to enable the student who is a police officer to learn to write reports, memos or letters. Topics to be covered include organizing thoughts, condensing a draft into a report, writing clearly and concisely, effective writing, practice writing for effective memos, and learning to proofread and edit.

Course Objectives:
1. apply grammar techniques, including subject-verb agreement, pronoun antecedent agreement, and proper comma usage;
2. determine the audience¿s needs;
3. create the topic;
4. properly organize content material;
5. write more effectively;
6. identify and correct common writing mistakes; and
7. develop the ability to correct parallel passive construction.

WLT 402 – Writing - Advanced Fiction

This course is designed for those with a work in progress. Students will learn how to improve work through group activities and critiques. Emphasis is on plot, characters, story synopses, and query letters.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss character development, plotting and structure;
2. evaluate various works of fiction and provide constructive criticism; and
3. develop a work of fiction for publication.

WLT 406 – Effective Business Writing

Learn to communicate effectively through business correspondence. Topics include formatting and editing business documents; learning strategies for correct spelling and punctuation and understanding how to sequence ideas in writing and develop an effective ending.

Course Objectives:
1. revise, format, edit and proofread effective business documents,
2. explain strategies for good spelling and punctuation, and
3. sequence ideas and develop an effective ending.

WLT 410 – Write Like a Pro

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to develop a story structure into a three to five page story line. The role of the protagonist as the main character in a story and the role of the antagonist as the villain will be detailed, enabling the student to gain insight into the dramatic tension that is created in a story using these elements. Topics to be covered include theme, foundation, logical progression, copyright laws, and consistent style.

Course Objectives:
1. explain dramatic elements in the course of a story;
2. explain the role of the protagonist as the main character and the antagonist as the villain, and how their character flaws play off each other to create dramatic tension; and
3. explain the laws of copyright and how to submit a finished work to agents, publishers, and producers.

WLT 411 – REPORT WRITING FOR POLICE PERS

Course Objectives:
1. confidently differentiate between narrative and descriptive writing;
2. recognize and correct errors in subject/verb agreement, sentence structure;
3. discern fact from opinion;
4. use appropriate terminology; and
5. demonstrate improvement in writing police narrative reports.

WLT 412 – The Keys to Effective Editing

Learn the fundamentals of editing for both fiction and nonfiction. Topics include essential self-editing tools to give the manuscript the professional look publishers prefer.

Course Objectives:
1. describe what editing is,
2. demonstrate copy editing symbols,
3. edit grammar and punctuation, and
4. explain syntax, word usage and style.

WLT 414 – Merrill Ream Speed Reading

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to effectively improve reading speed. The course will explain how to develop comprehension skills and techniques to efficiently keep abreast of one's personal emails, reports, books, and other printed material. Topics to be covered include comprehension during speed reading, and logical progression of speed during reading activities.

Course Objectives:
1. self administer the test to find his/her present reading rate and comprehension level,
2. describe Tachistoscopic training and regulated reading activities,
3. demonstrate an understanding of the sixteen good speed reading skills and techniques, and
4. explain comprehension skills and techniques.

WLT 415 – Beginning Braille

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to write and read the tactual language of the blind and will include how learning the language of Braille may open employment opportunities for the student who may interested. Topics to be covered include the history of Braille, the Braille English alphabet, Braille numbers, and Braille punctuation.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the history of Braille;
2. describe the various ways of producing Braille;
3. demonstrate an understanding of how to express computer code symbols, mathematical symbols, operations of measurement, and operations of degrees in Braille;
4. demonstrate an understanding how to express time, dates, telephone numbers, roman numerals, ditto signs, the at sign, ampersand and asterisk in Braille;
5. demonstrate an understanding of how to explain the Braille whole word contractions for the words and, of, the, for, and with; and
6. demonstrate an understanding of the Braille question mark, exclamation point, and apostrophe.

WLT 416 – Write Your Life Story

This course is designed to enable the student to learn to improve writing and to analyze writing through the vehicle of writing his/her own life story. The course will explain and demonstrate the bubble method of writing analysis. Topics to be covered include history, heritage, Internet research, and special events.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to develop a story suitable for publication,
2. demonstrate an understanding of the bubble method of writing analysis, and
3. develop the ability to use the Internet for research data.

WLT 420 – Beginning Writing Workshop

Improve your writing skills and develop new ways to stretch your creative muscles. You'll learn about creative fiction, nonfiction writing, clarity, sequence, and writing style.

Course Objectives:
1. write description using effective detail;
2. choose words that engage the leader;
3. recognize and avoid common writing pitfalls;
4. revise, format, edit, and proofread effective technical documents;
5. sequence ideas and develop an effective style;
6. determine the purpose of a document, gather information, and prepare an outline; and
7. review punctuation and mechanical conventions of writing.

WLT 421 – Travel Writing

Learn how to generate income as a travel writer by finding out how to sell your experiences in articles or in travel books.

Course Objectives:
1. assess the travel market,
2. demonstrate an understanding of various types of travel writing,
3. organize travel materials,
4. write travel articles,
5. write proposals for travel book publishers,
6. demonstrate an understanding of taxes and deductions for travel writers, and
7. demonstrate an understanding of manuscript production tips.

WLT 423 – WRITING SKILL REVIEW WORKPLACE

Course Objectives:
1. develop improved writing skills using proper standard written English including appropriate vocabulary, accurate spelling, and the correct use of grammar and punctuation;
2. utilize workplace rules, concepts, and strategies to write effective business communications such as completing forms and writing memos and reports;
3. recognize sentences, sentence fragments, and run on sentences;
4. demonstrate an understanding of the parts of speech;
5. identify and avoid errors in subject-verb agreement;
6. plan and design written communications for clarity and conciseness, avoiding ambiguous phrases; and
7. edit and proofread written items, reviewing for grammar, punctuation, spelling and clarity.

WLT 424 – BUSINESS REPORT WRITING

Course Objectives:
1. write business correspondence using correct grammar and vocabulary,
2. demonstrate correct use of punctuation in a business memo or report,
3. conduct a correct audience analysis,
4. demonstrate the correct tone for the intended audience,
5. prepare and edit a draft, and
6. develop supporting charts and attachments.

WLT 425 – Basics of Better Business Writing

The course provides the basic foundation for writing effective business correspondence that adheres to the three C's of correct, concise and complete writing. Particpants will examine basic grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, homonyms, synonyms and redundancy, and how to prepare a draft outline. Topics will be introduced through a series of exercises and self-editing.

Course Objectives:
1. write grammatically correct sentences,
2. demonstrate the use of proper punctuation,
3. use appropriate vocabulary for business correspondence,
4. demonstrate the use of correct homonyms,
5. edit out redundant words or phrases, and
6. prepare an outline.

WLT 426 – Business Writing for Success

This course is designed to provide the skills to effectively plan and develop business memos and communication. Participants will focus on basic grammar, punctuation and vocabulary before examining communication goals, business tone and audience analysis. The course will provide tools and strategies for planning, drafting, and editing business communications and the effective use of charts, attachments and exhibits.

Course Objectives:
1. write business correspondence using correct grammar and vocabulary,
2. demonstrate correct use of punctuation in a business memo or report,
3. develop a clear communication purpose and goal,
4. conduct a correct audience analysis,
5. demonstrate the correct tone for the intended audience,
6. prepare and self-edit a draft, and
7. develop supporting charts and attachments.

WLT 429 – Goodbye to Shy

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about the impact of shyness as well as how to change negative behaviors. The course will identify the methods that shy persons can develop to become more assertive and at the same time give the student the techniques to make initial verbal contact with others to help them eliminate the problem of one's shyness. Topics to be covered include the symptoms of shyness, effective public speaking, assertiveness, and personal and professional goals.

Course Objectives:
1. define shyness and describe its symptoms;
2. identify habits and thought patterns that contribute to shyness;
3. identify methods to initiate verbal contact with others to include the ability to give compliments;
4. describe techniques for effective public speaking; and
5. identify methods to enhance assertiveness.

WLT 430 – Advanced Fiction Writing

This course is designed to provide students with a detailed look at major aspects of fiction writing. Topics to be covered include Three-act story structure, Plot elements, creating well-constructed characters, establishing mood through setting, using conflict to create action, narrative writing techniques, and working with agents and getting published.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the three-act story structure,
2. list several different plot elements,
3. create a well-constructed fictional character,
4. create action through conflict, and
5. establish mood through setting.

WLT 432 – Significant Mystery Writers: Poe to the 21st Century

Investigate the intriguing milieu of the significant writers of mysteries using tools of analysis, discussion and biographical dates. You'll interpret and compare themes, ideas, styles and content of novels whose authors have made their indelible mark on the genre. Discuss Poe, Christie, Hammett, Tey, Furst and others.

Course Objectives:
1. compare and contrast styles of the mystery writers and the integration of the plot, character settings, and themes;
2. apply literary tools to analyze and discuss the mystery genre; and
3. analyze and discuss clues to solving classic mysteries.

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