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Columbus State University

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 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 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.)