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WRTG 10600 Academic Writing I

This introductory, freshman-level course teaches students how to read perceptively and write coherently in college courses. Students learn to comprehend, critique, and respond to college readings by writing analytical essays ranging from single-source papers to evaluations of the claims and evidence in a number of readings. Typical assignments include single-source critiques and multiple-source syntheses. The course emphasizes thoughtful and responsible use of sources. May satisfy departmental and school requirements for a level-1 writing course.  Prerequisites: Open only to freshmen and sophomores. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 16500 Introduction to the Essay

Introduces the principal concepts of writing through a study of the genre of the essay. This course includes how to conduct research and use sources thoughtfully and responsibly, and asks students to examine the intentions, strategies, and styles of selected essayists from Montaigne to the present. Prerequisites: WRTG 10600; Writing majors. (S,Y), 3 credits.


WRTG 17500 Introduction to Creative Writing

Elements and techniques of writing fiction and poetry introduced through instruction, analysis of models, experimentation, and practice. Fiction-writing techniques include developing character and plot, using dialogue, creating scenes, learning narrative structure, and acquiring narrative voice. Poetry-writing techniques include traditional poetic forms, poetic imagery, and descriptive and figurative language. Not open to students who have previously received credit for WRTG 23600 or WRTG 23800.  Prerequisites: Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 20100 Argument

Prepares students to write convincing arguments by learning logical strategies for presenting and defending ideas. Introduces a variety of forms that arguments can take, emphasizing the traditional essay. Particularly recommended for students who wish to strengthen their ability to present their point of view persuasively, intelligently, and ethically. Prerequisites: Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 20500 Personal Essay

Writing essays based on analysis of students' experiences, ideas, and feelings. Emphasis is placed on narrative, descriptive, and organizational techniques, as well as development of style. Readings are intended to deepen students' understanding of their own lives and provide models for creative interpretations of their own experience. Prerequisites: Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 21100 Writing for the Workplace

Basic on-the-job writing necessary to join, manage, and promote any organization, whether profit or nonprofit. Focus is primarily on short forms: r_sum_s, memos, business letters, summaries, brochures, newsletters, press releases, informal proposals, and reports. Course also explores how various social, economic, and ethical issues affect workplace writing. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F-S, Y)


WRTG 21700 Inquiry, Research, and Writing Across the Disciplines


WRTG 22500 Grammar and Usage

Intensive study of the patterns of English grammar and their influence on sentence structure, punctuation, and usage. Daily exercises in contemporary usage and writing assignments prepare students for refining their own academic prose and for editing the work of others. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 23200 Creative Nonfiction

Introduction to writing research-based creative nonfiction. Readings are intended to expose students to the breadth of the nonfiction genre. Emphasis is placed on literary technique, ethics, and research. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and WRTG 10600. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 23600 Fiction Writing I: Short Story

Workshop in writing fiction, emphasizing plot, characterization, dialogue, description, narration, mood, tone, and viewpoint. Analysis of both professional and student writing. A final portfolio of revised work is required. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; WRTG 17500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 23800 Poetry Writing I

Workshop in writing poetry, in which students develop poetic strategies and practice a range of poetic forms and modes. Analysis of published models (both historical and contemporary) and student writing. A final portfolio of revised work is required. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; WRTG 17500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 25500 Careers for Writers

Careers for Writers is designed to acquaint students with a range of writing-related careers and the preparation needed to achieve them. You’ll develop résumé and cover letter skills; explore individual career options; make use of varied resources; and plan experiences and courses to assist in meeting your personal goals. The course features weekly guest speakers drawn from Ithaca College faculty, undergraduates, and alumni, as well as local and other professionals. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; one previous course in Writing. Restricted to Writing majors or minors; others only with the permission of the instructor.


WRTG 30100 Autobiography

Advanced course in writing autobiography. Encourages students to recognize developmental patterns in their own lives and understand the social and political context of their experience. Emphasis is placed on the thematic, structural, and stylistic problems of extended narrative. Autobiographical readings are used to model the genre and address relevant issues, such as the selectivity of memory, the public presentation of the private self, and the literary value of daily life. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20500 or WRTG 23600. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)


WRTG 31700 Proposal and Grant Writing

Advanced workplace writing concentrating on proposals and grants. Students address problems in the local community while studying the interplay among business, education, government, and nonprofits. Attentive to civic responsibility in the marketplace, this course teaches research and assessment, project management, editing, and document design. Group work emphasizes social networks and service learning. Prerequisites: Junior standing and one of the following: WRTG 20100, WRTG 21100, or WRTG 21300. 3 credits.      (F-S, Y)


WRTG 31900 Writing as a Naturalist

Advanced expository essay course focusing on human interactions with the rest of the natural world. Readings are selected from the writing of naturalists, environmentalists, scientists, legislators, artists, poets, and philosophers. Writing assignments include field observation, description, analysis, and argument. Prerequisites: Junior standing; two ENVS courses level 2 or above; and one of WRTG 20100, WRTG 20500, or WRTG 23200. (F,Y) 3 credits.


WRTG 32000 Public Essay

A public essay is a vehicle for making sense of the world, for offering commentary about it that deepens the reader's understanding and awareness of our condition. This advanced expository course provides students the occasion to write reflective literary essays on topics of public interest and significance. Students bring their own values, perspectives, insights, and voice to bear on matters of community concern. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20100, WRTG 20500, or WRTG 23200. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 32500 Writing Children's Literature

Creating literature for children and young adults. In addition to studying stylistic approaches and techniques, the course addresses issues such as appropriate subject matter, writing for specific age groups, and the writer's moral responsibility. Reading assignments include classic and contemporary works, fairy tales and myths, and critical and historical essays. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20500, WRTG 23600. 
3 credits 


WRTG 33100 Feature Writing

Advanced expository course in developing the skills necessary to write informative, accurate, and interesting feature articles suitable for print or online publications. Students learn interviewing and reporting skills, as well as feature genres, style, and structure. Prerequisites: Junior standing, WRTG 23300. 3 credits. (F-S, Y)

WRTG 33600 Fiction Writing II

An advanced workshop for students with a serious commitment to writing fiction. Builds on the work begun in WRTG 23600. Students may write short stories or longer fictional pieces. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 23600. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 34100 Travel Writing

Combines analysis of issues related to travel writing and writing within the genre. Explores goals, audiences, and forms of travel writing. Taught online and available only to students away from the Ithaca campus. Students are requested to discuss travel locations with professor prior to registration. Prerequisites: WRTG 20100, 20500, or 23200; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 35000 Special Topic: Editing and Publishing

This course offers both instruction and experiential learning in editing and publishing. Students will learn the central place of editing in the practice of writing; the skills and responsibilities of editors in the publishing workplace; and the methods and role of publishers in both print and digital cultures. Students will be introduced to a range of editorial skills and collaborate on actual, hands-on editorial/publishing projects. The course also features visiting speakers from publishing and offers students the opportunity of a field trip to New York City to visit publishing companies. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 22500, and one of the following: WRTG 21100, WRTG 23200, WRTG 23600, or WRTG 23800. 3 credits.



WRTG 36000 Language, Literacy, and Writing Studies

Introduction to research and scholarship currently shaping the theory and practice of composition studies. Covers major philosophies of composing and studies in language and learning that inform writing pedagogy. Investigates how social and political dimensions of literacy affect language use and learning, as well as how new technologies shape writing and teaching practice. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20100; WRTG 20500 or WRTG 23200. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)


WRTG 36500 Poetics

Introduction to Western theories of creative writing as a means of investigating the relationships between writer, text, and world. Addresses cultural/political, psychological, philosophical, and aesthetic concerns. Students analyze their own creative work and process in the context of these theories. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 23600 or WRTG 23800; any other writing course above level 1. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 38000 Visiting Writers' Workshop

An advanced writing workshop offered each semester to coincide with the Department of Writing Distinguished Visiting Writers series. Requires 15 contact hours in meetings, conferences, and classes with both the visiting writer and the writing faculty coordinator. Students produce a 15-page revised manuscript of new work in the relevant genre over the course of the semester. May be repeated up to three times for credit. Prerequisites: Junior standing; permission of instructor. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 41000 Senior Project

Advanced independent project designed by writing majors no later than their second junior semester and relating to their particular concentration or area of interest. The project, is usually undertaken in the second semester of the student's senior year. Work in the final portfolio is evaluated by the faculty mentor. Students are encouraged but not required to give a public presentation or reading of their work during their senior year. Prerequisites: Senior standing; WRTG 32000, WRTG 33600, or WRTG 33800; WRTG 36000 or WRTG 36500; permission of writing faculty. Open to majors only. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 41500 Senior Seminar

Small group setting for intensive study of selected advanced topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: Senior standing; two writing courses beyond level 1, at least one of which must be at level 3; permission of instructor; additional specific prerequisites to be determined by the subject of the seminar. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 42000 Apprenticeship

Service as a teacher's apprentice in a 100-level writing course, correcting and commenting on student papers, tutoring, leading class exercises or discussions, and participating in conferences. To be eligible, students must have completed two writing courses above level 1, with at least one B and one A- as final grades; should have successfully completed the course to which they are apprenticing; and should have a desire to work with students enrolled in Academic Writing I or II, Personal Essay, or Argument. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 43600 Writing the Short Novel

This advanced fiction-writing seminar offers students the opportunity to develop a short novel. The course extends previously learned narrative elements, such as characterization, plot, setting, point of view, tone, and voice, and applies them to a broader, more complex literary canvas. Students will create narratives that allow for multiple characters who interact within an expanded social context or that permit the extended exploration of a single character in considered detail. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 33600. 3 credits. (F,Y)


WRTG 45000 Internship: Writing

Work and study project designed by the student, in consultation with a faculty sponsor and a practicing professional. The proposal includes learning objectives, a detailed work plan, and a description of the student's plans for reports to the faculty sponsor. Prerequisites: Junior standing; three writing courses above level 1. Offered on demand only. Variable credit 1-6 credits; may be repeated up to 12 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 49800 Independent Study: Exposition

Student-initiated expository writing project focusing on a specialized area. For the qualified, advanced student, by agreement with a faculty member. Approval of the writing department chair must be obtained one semester in advance of the proposed project. Prerequisites: Senior standing; three writing courses above level 1; additional prerequisites depending on topic. 1-3 credits. (F-S,Y)


WRTG 49900 Independent Study: Creative Writing

Student-initiated creative writing project focusing on a specialized area. For the qualified, advanced student, by agreement with a faculty member. Offered on demand only. Approval of the writing department chair must be obtained one semester in advance of the proposed project. Prerequisites: Senior standing; three writing courses above level 1; additional prerequisites depending on topic. 1-3 credits. (F-S,Y)

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