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Writing/Literature - CE

WRI 007 – Songwriting

Learn the art of songwriting or brush up on your current songwriting skills. Learn to bring your originality into focus.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to compose innovative and diverse songs,
2. apply a single melody to a series of different lyrics,
3. describe the different elements of songwriting, and
4. determine if existing songs are commercial enough for publication.

WRI 027 – Grammar, Punctuation, and Writing Skills

Review and improve skills needed to write better business and personal communications. A combination of home study and online computer participation is required for this course.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the rules of standard American English,
2. write grammatically correct sentences,
3. correctly punctuate sentences, and
4. apply all grammar, punctuation, and word use principles in written communications.

WRI 032 – SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE

Course Objectives:
1. identify selected works of fiction, poetry, and drama;
2. discuss the contributions of these works and their authors to American literary development;
3. explain how these works and authors reflect various social and political movements; and
4. describe the eras in which these works were written.

WRI 034 – Resume Writing Workshop

This course is designed to instruct students in the creation of effective resumes. Topics to be covered include resume formats, employment objectives, online resumes, and creating persuasive cover letters.

Course Objectives:
1. prepare professional and effective resumés,
2. describe the difference between functional and chronological resumés, and
3. demonstrate the ability to develop and submit professional resumés electronically.

WRI 035 – Advanced Creativity Training for Writers

This course is designed to provide techniques to improve writing skills for both professional and non-professional writers. Topics to be covered include business elements of a writing career; working with contracts, releases, deductions, and invoices; increasing personal creativity in the written word; solutions to "writers block"; time management and meeting deadlines; and pitching ideas to publishers, agents, and editors.

Course Objectives:
1. work with contracts, releases, deductions, and invoices;
2. develop solutions to ¿writer¿s block¿;
3. demonstrate the ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines;
4. demonstrate how to pitch ideas to publishers, agents, and editors; and
5. discuss business elements in relation to a writing career.

WRI 037 – Memoir Writing

Enhance your writing skills by learning the appropriate techniques for memoir writing. Topics to be covered include writing about the past or present; writing about a person; writing on various topics; the use of humor and emotions; and editing and rewriting.

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.

WRI 038 – Business Grammar Review

This course provides a review of the foundations for writing effective business correspondence that adheres to the three C's of correct, concise and complete writing. Participants will examine basic grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, homonyms, synonyms and redundancy, and preparation of draft outlines. Topics include grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, redundancy, misused words, editing, and preparing outlines.

WRI 039 – Grant Writing

Learn the essential elements of effective grant proposal writing. Topics include planning, researching, proposal writing and packaging, proposal submitting and post-submittal follow-up.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the steps in writing a grant proposal,
2. discuss the importance of planning and preparing in 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.
8. review and critique grant proposals

WRI 040 – A Writer's Guide to Descriptive Settings

Learn to create improved descriptions, settings, and characters. Topics to be covered include observation and data collection, using interviews and oral history, creating characters using observation, researching history and culture, and editing techniques.

Course Objectives:
1. create descriptive settings using observation and research,
2. demonstrate the ability to interview individuals to create depth of character,
3. use observation to create character traits,
4. demonstrate the ability to research historical and cultural topics to elaborate on settings, and
5. list several effective editing techniques for the writer.

WRI 041 – Exploring Post Modern Literature

Learn the literary tenets of this genre of literature then apply them to critically acclaimed novels: "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith; "The Known World" by Edward P. Jones;"Anil's Ghost" by Michael Ondaatje; and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Satterfield.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss this literature using the tenets of postmodernism;
2. analyze each work and identify tenets of postmodernism, using acquired knowledge of the period along with personal reflection and other tools of literary criticism including plot, characterization, theme, tone, and mood; and
3. identify literary techniques, style, and period influences.

WRI 042 – Better Business Writing

This course provides a review of the foundations for effective written communications to help participants improve clarity and accuracy in business correspondence. Topics include grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, redundancy, misused words, and editing.

WRI 044 – Breaking Into Sitcom Writing

Learn the important aspects of the screenwriting trade from an experienced screenwriter. Includes discussion of plot, characterization, dialogue, format, plus how to market your script.

Course Objectives:
1. write a sitcom script using basic sitcom story structure,
2. develop characterization through dialogue,
3. create action and plot tension to create story interest,
4. demonstrate the ability to format a script for professional use, and
5. describe strategies and techniques to market and sell scripts.

WRI 045 – Business Marketing Writing

This course is designed to enable the student to learn to write or identify copy that achieves business and marketing goals. The student learns how business and marketing objectives affect writing choices. Topics to be covered include clear explanations, real-life examples, marketing ethics, business and marketing principles, and written communications.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the editing and proofreading process,
2. demonstrate an understanding of ways to evaluate writing,
3. explain the principles of direct marketing, and
4. explain ethical considerations and challenges that arise in the business and marketing world.

WRI 046 – Research 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. The student will learn how 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. demonstrate an understanding of how to revise, format, edit, and proofread effective business documents;
2. explain strategies for good 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.

WRI 047 – PR WRITING: WRITING/PERSUADE

Course Objectives:
1. describe key components of effective written communications;
2. explain how public relations writing differs from other business communications;
3. identify typical public relations documents and their uses;
4. discuss the ethical, cultural, and legal influences on public relations documents;
5. describe elements of an effective press release, media alert, fact sheet, and executive biography; and
6. identify reference resources for developing public relations documents.

WRI 048 – Memoir Writing: A Personal Approach

Strengthen your personal writing skills. Topics include: exemplars; character development; quoted expressions; sensory report; and humor.

Course Objectives:
1. define a personal goal for writing memoir stories;
2. identify three or more types of memoir writing;
3. demonstrate an ability to author a topical memoir about a person, place, or thing;
4. demonstrate the ability to do writing activities assigned in class;
5. rewrite memoir content based on class discussion and suggestion; and
6. identify targets for memoir publishing.

WRI 049 – Advanced Writing Workshop

This course is designed to enable the student to learn to write a series of creative or memoir writing projects. Topics to be covered include relating memoirs suitable for a collection, writing chapter-type fictional stories, structures for sustained projects, and strategies for planning and producing the segments.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of how to write one or more separate projects;
2. demonstrate an understanding of structure for sustained projects; and
3. develop strategies for planning and producing the segments.

WRI 050 – Canterbury Tales

Learn about medieval society through a wide range of characters and rich collections of stories. Topics include Geoffrey Chaucer, life during the Middle Ages, the Prologue, elements of characterization, the Pardoner¿s tale, the Wife of Bath¿s tale, and literary analysis.

Course Objectives:
1. analyze the aspects of medieval society that Chaucer satirizes in his portraits of the Merchant, Franklin, Physician, and Miller;
2. compare and contrast characters that are similar and/or different; and
3. discuss the political status of women then and now.

WRI 051 – Writing Essentials

Gain an overview of skills needed to clearly communicate in writing and display creative literary talents, both in professional environments, as well as online. Topics include developing skills for business communication, creating solid drafts while practicing free writing technique, selecting strong and persuasive words, spelling/punctuation, and emails and other electronic communication.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the needed skills to excel at business communications;
2. create solid drafts, while practicing free writing technique;
3. select strong and persuasive words, applying correct spelling, and choose appropriate punctuation; and
4. establish improved ways of making the most of e-mails and other forms of electronic communication.

WRI 052 – Entering the Publishing Matrix: Agents, Editors, and Issues for Writers

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an aspiring or experienced author, to explore traditional and cutting-edge publishing options. Topics to be covered include the general state of the publishing industry; publishing options available to writers; submission letters and proposals; and tools and resources for conducting searches for literary agents and/or editors.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the general state of the publishing industry,
2. describe the various publishing options available to writers,
3. create a strong submission letter and prepare effective proposal material, and
4. identify tools and resources for conducting searches for literary agents and/or editors.

WRI 053 – Writing and Selling Self-Help Books

Gain an overview of skills needed in successful integration into the world of publishing, conveying self-help book-writing secrets that capture the necessary attention of agents and publishers in the highly competitive book market. Discuss chances of landing a contract, criteria for selecting a topic, proper book-writing structure, how to illustrate the message, and writing an engaging chapter ending.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss what literary agents and acquisitions editors are seeking and how to maximize the chances of landing a contract;
2. classify the three crucial criteria for selecting a topic for a first self-help book;
3. utilize proper book-writing structure and how to speak directly to readers, using compelling stories to illustrate the principal message; and
4. write a chapter ending that maintains reader engagement.

WRI 054 – Writing Better Letters, Memos, and E-Mails

This course is designed to enable the student to improve his/her knowledge and skills in writing standard business correspondence. Topics to be covered include audience, purpose, and message; selecting your medium; formatting; the inverted pyramid; tone; organization; and flow.

WRI 056 – Write and Publish Your Non Fiction Book

This course provides an overview of skills needed to write books for career advancement. Topics to be covered include choosing a unique topic or concept that will stand out to agents and editors; establishment of a writing style, structure, and slant that will appeal to a unique audience as well as keep readers engaged; development of invaluable strategies for setting a writing schedule and banishing `writer's block;¿ and assessment of current traditional publishing industry works and techniques that can be used in gaining notice of editor and agent.

Course Objectives:
1. choose a unique topic or concept that will stand out to agents and editors;
2. establish a writing style, structure, and slant that will appeal to a unique audience, as well as keep readers engaged;
3. develop strategies for setting a writing schedule and banishing `writer's block;¿ and
4. assess current traditional publishing industry works and techniques that can be used in gaining editor and agent notice.

WRI 057 – Editing Skills for Writing in the Workplace

This course is designed to enable the student to learn to write and edit his/her own communication pieces in the workplace. Topics to be covered include developing solid editing skills as participants work through a diagnostic pretest, grammar explanations with easy-to-read charts, a progression of increasingly challenging editing exercises, and guided writing tasks.

Course Objectives:
1. identify common grammatical inaccuracies in one¿s own work,
2. correct common grammatical inaccuracies in one¿s own work, and
3. integrate all writing skills learned.

WRI 058 – Folklore and Legends

Whether you believe in faeries, brownies, vampires, zombies, Bigfoot or the Lochness monster, they all have a true beginning. Learn the different Folklore and Legends from around the world, and discover why they are still important today.

Course Objectives:
1. explain what folklore is,
2. explain what a legend is,
3. identify the significance of folklore and legend in different cultures,
4. explain and identify the most important folk tales and legends from cultures all over the world, and
5. analyze the modern importance of these myths and legends.

WRI 061 – Technical Writing Skills for the Pharmaceutical Workplace

This course is designed to provide the student with a review of technical writing skills for the pharmaceutical workplace. Such a review will enhance written technical reports and promote effective editing skills.
Topics to be covered include a review of guidelines for Standard English, sentence structure, word usage, spelling grammar, punctuation rules, and procedures for writing with proper tone for the audience.

Course Objectives:
1. develop improved technical writing skills using proper standard written English, including appropriate vocabulary, accurate spelling, and correct use of grammar and punctuation;
2. recognize sentences, sentence fragments, and run-on sentences;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the parts of speech;
4. identify and avoid errors in subject-verb agreement;
5. plan and design written communications focusing on clarity, conciseness, and intended audience; and
6. edit and proofread written content, reviewing for items such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, accuracy, objectivity, and tone.

WRI 062 – Great American Short Stories

This course is designed to give the student a brief overview of some classic American short stories. Topics will include the works of the following: Hawthorne ; Poe; Cather; Hemingway; and Bierce.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the elements of literature,
2. discuss the biographical and historical background of the authors, and
3. explore and discuss themes throughout each story.

WRI 063 – Writing Young Adult Fiction

This course provides writers with the skills needed in the step-by-step development of a young adult story. Topics to be covered include deciding on story type, plot plan, and dramatic elements in maintaining reader interest, creation of dialogue that resonates with teenagers and young adults, analysis of excerpts from bestselling young adult books in evaluating what makes them successful, and interpretation of expert advice on publishing and marketing books.

Course Objectives:
1. choose story type, plot plan, and dramatic elements in maintaining reader interest,
2. create dialogue that resonates with teenagers and young adults,
3. analyze excerpts from bestselling young adult books in evaluating what makes them successful, and
4. interpret expert advice on publishing and marketing books.

WRI 101 – Ready Set Read

This course is designed to: review techniques and current research on how children learn to read and write. Provides instruction for parents on developing and nurturing their child's literacy skills. Topics to be covered include Understanding basic elements of literacy, sound awareness skills, developing personal attention skills, and processes necessary to develop fluent reading and writing skills.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the basic elements of literacy;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the processes necessary for fluent reading and writing;
3. recognize indicators of possible literacy problems; and
4. describe techniques for improving reading, writing, and attention skills.

WRI 102 – UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY LIT

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to discuss selected novels from a literary viewpoint;
2. demonstrate an understanding of literary terms;
3. demonstrate the ability to analyze the structure of the fiction, plot, theme, and characterization;
4. demonstrate the ability to identify literary techniques in selected novels; and
5. discuss where the work resides in literary history.

WRI 104 – SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE

Course Objectives:
1. identify selected works of fiction, poetry, and drama;
2. discuss the contributions of these works and their authors to American literary development;
3. explain how these works and authors reflect various social and political movements; and
4. describe the eras in which these works were written.

WRI 203 – Sherlock Holmes

This course is designed to introduce the student to ten short stories about Sherlock Holmes and the life and works of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Topics include: ten short stories about Sherlock Holmes, the character Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, social and historical implications, and the role of Holmes in the radio, film, stage, and television.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss why the character of Sherlock Holmes has endured for over a century,
2. discuss the life and works of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle,
3. discuss the wider social and historical implications of these writings,
4. discuss the role of Holmes in radio, film, stage, and television; and
5. discuss ten selected short stories about Sherlock Holmes.

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