Creative Writing Courses

Code Course Credits

WRI 041

Writing Practicum

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A practical introduction to all aspects writing process, including brainstorming, outlining, drafting, organizing, constructing and supporting a thesis, critiquing, revising, editing, and proofreading. This workshop, designed for the new college writer, will sharpen skills and build confidence for the many writing tasks lie ahead

This course may be taken twice.

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WRI 110

Writing in New Media (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Let's face it, writing in the 21st century is accomplished online. This course explores reading and writing across social media and other web spaces through genre study, cultural analysis, and real-world practice. Through posts, tweets, blogs, emails, and texts students will hone valuable skills necessary in the twenty-first century workplace and in everyday life.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement. This course provides enhanced writing support. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

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WRI 111

The Supernatural in Contemporary Popular Culture (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semesters

We live in a world haunted by the fantastic. Vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies, ghosts, and even caped crusaders invade our everyday lives through entertainment media and advertising. This course will look at how these familiar creatures evolved and what they can teach us about history, culture, and ourselves.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement. This course provides enhanced writing support. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

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WRI 113

Has Science Disproved God? (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

The motion of the earth, evolution, the Big Bang, the multi-verse, naturalistic moral theories, and other scientific ideas have challenged traditional beliefs about God. Through discussion, exploration, and in-depth analyses of writings on science, students will explore the relationship between science and culture, especially religion.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Student only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and the Natural Scientific Inquiry Requirements. This course provides enhanced writing support.

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WRI 114

Writing Nature: The Climate Change Controversy (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Climate change is as much an idea that can be studied through culture as it is a physical phenomenon that can be observed and quantified. Thus, rather than beginning with technological or scientific questions about how to solve climate change, this course will ask: why do we disagree about climate change?

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Student only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and the Cornerstone Natural Scientific Inquiry Requirements.This course provides enhanced writing support.

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WRI 131

Topics in Writing

Offered: Offered Periodically

Provides students with a themed introduction to expository writing. Designed for students who wish to practice and develop the essential skills of writing, critical reading, and textual analysis at the college level. Instructors provide extensive feedback on assignments, helping students to gain more confidence with grammar, sentence structure, and the writing process as a whole.

Typically offered as a 2-week Summer course.

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WRI 141

Introduction to College Writing (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This workshop-based course is designed for students who wish to practice and develop the essential skills of writing, critical reading, and textual analysis at the college level. Instructors provide extensive feedback on assignments, helping students to gain more confidence with grammar, sentence structure, and the writing process as a whole.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement. This course provides enhanced writing support.

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WRI 142

American Popular Culture (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

This seminar is an introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners. Addressing a variety of American popular culture themes students will learn how to analyze and interpret a wide variety of cultural texts while practicing college-level discussion, essay writing, critical reading, and textual analysis. This course will emphasize the writing process, academic argument, grammar, and mechanics. Students will receive extensive feedback on their writing from the instructor and from peers.

Fulfills the First-Year Seminar requirement.This course provides enhanced writing support.

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WRI 147

Poetry Lab on Metaphor

Offered: Fall Semester

An examination of the nature of metaphor in language and the function of metaphor in creative writing, especially students’ own work. Analysis of the precise nature of the difference between metaphor and analogy, metaphor and sign, metaphor and symbol. Exploration of how poets – and writers in general – contextualize and materialize metaphor, focusing on metaphor as a vehicle of discovery in the work of Atwood, Dickinson, Shakespeare, and Garcia-Lorca.

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WRI 241

The Art of the Essay (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

In this workshop-based course students will sharpen their writing skills in a rigorous yet supportive workshop setting; explore the flexibility and versatility of the essay form in a variety of rhetorical contexts; and prepare a final portfolio of revised writing that demonstrates mastery of the essay form.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement.This course provides enhanced writing support.

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WRI 246

Reading and Writing Diverse Lives (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semesters

An exploration of the autobiographical essay as a form of cultural critique. A critical analysis of how writers use their life experiences to examine the challenges inherent in the cultural diversity of American democracy. In addition to reading and analyzing autobiographical essays, this course will serve as an introduction to the craft of life writing.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement.This course provides enhanced writing support.

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WRI 251

Who Wins? Writing about Sports Rivalries

Offered: Summer

Red Sox or Yankees? This course explores sports rivalries in American literature and popular culture, probing social, ethical, and political aspects while sharpening students' skills in writing, textual analysis, and public presentation. Emphasis will be placed on the position of sports rivalries within a wider cultural context, critical inquiry, and the writing process.

Course may be applied to the American Studies and Sports, Science & Society programs.

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WRI 261

Violence and Peace in God's Name

Offered: Spring Semester

An inquiry into how religious texts can be exploited to cultivate war or nurture peace. Through the multiple lenses of literature, history, and theology, the course examines the Catholic philosophical concept of a "just war," as it has been theorized from Aquinas and Augustine, and its influence on modern theologians and philosophers of war, pacifism, and socio-political justice.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

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WRI 299

Topics in Writing (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Offered Periodically

Provides students with an opportunity to explore an engaging topic or question in a small-class format emphasizing writing, discussion, critical thinking, and academic inquiry.

Fulfills the First-Year Seminar requirement.

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WRI 369

Tutoring Writing: Theory & Practice

Offered: Fall Semester

In this course, students will prepare to become peer tutors in the Writing Center. They will develop tutoring skills by analyzing theoretical and research articles from professional journals, by applying the theory and research results to their own writing in process and the writing of other students, and by observing and participating in the Writing Center one hour a week.

Prerequisite(s): Faculty recommendation or permission of the instructor.

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WRI 371

Topics in Writing: Writing-in-the-Disciplines

Offered: Offered Periodically

Provides students with an advanced writing-intensive experience focused on individual disciplines and professional writing within particular fields. Students explore the rhetorical, genre conventions, and ways of knowing relevant field, topic, or question featured in the course.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of a First-Year Seminar.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

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WRI 399

Professional Writing (WID)

Offered: Spring Semester

This course provides students with a practical foundation for professional writing and communication in business and technical fields, such as engineering, accounting, finance, government, and computer science and covers written, oral and electronic communication in a wide variety of genres: letters, memos, texts, PowerPoint presentations, speeches, posters, investigative journalism, collaborative reports, proposals, and social media. Frequent short assignment, labs, and a final project related to a chosen discipline are required.

Prerequisite(s): Must have fulfilled the First-Year Seminar Requirement.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines Requirement.

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WRI 401

Writing-in-the-Disciplines Supplement

Offered: Fall Semesters

Through co-enrollment with a discipline-based course bearing at least 3 credits, the Writing-in-the-Disciplines (WID) Supplement course allows instructors to modify a non-WID course to fulfill the Cornerstone WID requirement. Each course modified with the WID Supplement requires a minimum of 20 pages of writing, for which students have the opportunity to revise with feedback from instructors and peers.

Prerequisite(s): Writing Program Director approval required.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

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WRI 441

Topics in Rhetorical Criticism (WID)

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will focus on enhancing students' abilities to critically analyze and respond to public messages found in political speaking, public advocacy, popular culture, and visual and new media narratives that appear throughout the digital world. Students will learn and apply effective writing techniques throughout the term and explore both on-line and traditional prose styles.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of the First-Year-Seminar requirement.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement. (This is a particularly good option for students in American Studies, Catholic Studies, Cinema Studies, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Journalism.)May not receive credit for both WRI 441 and COM 441.

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