English Options

ENGL 3107. Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. A literary nonfiction workshop focusing on the production and in-class critique of students' creative work and including study of memoir, literary journalism, personal essay, and individual writers. The course involves some written analysis of the work of published writers and, especially, of fellow students' nonfiction prose. Students' creative work will build the required portfolio.

ENGL 3126. Feature Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 3155. This course instructs students to write effective non-fiction stories that would appear in newspapers, magazines, or online. The emphasis here will be on fact-based stories about people, places, and issues. To accomplish this, the course will develop skills in narration, characterization, and sensory details. All stories will be written for the purpose of being published in a campus or local publication. The craft of freelance writing will be explored.

ENGL 3127. Scriptwriting (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 Writing for the English Major. The purpose of this course is to give students experience in writing scripts for TV, radio, and online news. Topics will include conducting live reports, putting together a program, working in the studio, managing digital workflow, and managing media convergence, as well as writing scripts for fact-based information videos whether for corporate, medical, religious, educational l, or governmental purposes.

ENGL 3128. Editorial and Opinion Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 3155 or department chair approval. The purpose of this course is to give students experience in writing editorials (newspaper, magazine, online) and columns (political, humor, sports, lifestyle, arts, and business) for both print and online media. Discussion will also cover legal traps, campus newspaper columns, plagiarism, and research.

ENGL 3155. News Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 This course provides a study of and practice in reporting and news writing. Students will study reporting techniques, interviewing techniques, story organizations, different types of leads, copy editing, and legal aspects of journalism, among other topics. Publication in the Saber and The Ledger-Enquirer will be encouraged.

ENGL 3156. Advertising Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. Study of and practice in advertising writing for a variety of media, including television, radio, magazines, and newspapers.

ENGL 3158. Writing in the Workplace (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. Study and practice of the principles of written communications in business: letter writing, report writing, planning, organizing writing, and rewriting from research to final manuscript. Some emphasis on word processing and telecommunications skills. (Course fee required.)

ENGL 3165. Introduction to Creative Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. Exploration of prose fiction and poetry includes formal study (analysis) of each type of writing. The students will write original examples of the forms studied. Analysis and critique of students' work will be an integral part of the course.

ENGL 5153. Rhetoric, Propaganda, and Society (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 2157 or any 3000-level writing course. Students will learn how rhetoric is used to form propagandistic discourse. Course will focus on texts drawn from various historical periods and it will consider a variety of propaganda uses, including political, military, social movements, and literary. Different media will be studied: speeches, essays, editorials, film, art, cartoons, posters, drama, etc. Course will conclude with students designing and writing a propaganda campaign.