Professional Writing Courses

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Important note regarding when courses are offered

Term notations of Pre-term, Fall, Interterm, Spring, Post-term, or Summer mean that the course is offered during that term every year. When a term notation is followed by odd or even, then the course is offered during that term only in odd or even years, respectively.

Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

PW 127–428 Writing Seminar (1 each) Prereq.: Member of Campus Post staff; each level requires the preceding one. Students earn credit for actual work on the Campus Post website. This course provides students with an understanding of writing, editing, and creating content for the web. Students gain practical experience through the writing and editing of their own entries posted on Campus Post. Fall, Spring.

PW 301 Copy Writing (3) Prereq.: EN 126. This course teaches how to write advertisements for print media. Students will learn creative strategy, philosophical aspects of advertising, and basic principles behind radio and television advertising. This course may be taken as an English elective by English major or minor. Fall, Spring.

PW 302 Copy Editing (3) Prereq.: EN 360. Students will learn how to edit their own writing and the writing of others by applying editing principles taught in this class. This course may be taken as an English elective by English major or minor. Fall.

PW 304 Copy Editing II (3) Prereq.: PW 302. This course builds on the principles learned in PW 302. The students receive practical experience through the editing and publishing of a literary magazine. This course may be taken as an English elective by English major or minor. Spring.

PW 305 Technical Writing (3) Prereq.: CS 101 and EN 126. This course focuses on the style of writing used in technical, non-creative fields. The student will learn to craft a variety of technical communications, including the use of effective graphics and design. Spring.

PW 325 Introduction to Journalism (3) Prereq.: EN 126. Students will learn a practical introduction to journalism, focusing on the basics of news writing. Students will write several basic news stories using facts gathered through research and interviews. This course may be taken as an English elective by English major or minor. Fall.

PW 326 Journalism (3) Prereq.: PW 325. Students will learn advanced reporting techniques using public records and development of news sources to write a variety of news stories. This course may be taken as an English elective by English major or minor. Spring.

PW 406 Creative Nonfiction (3) Prereq.: EN 401, PW 302, 325, and graduating senior. The student will develop advanced writing skills in journalism, literary nonfiction, editorial and opinion writing, and essay composition. Emphasis will be placed on polishing writing skills. Fall.

PW 408 Writing for Publication (3) Prereq.: EN 301 and junior or senior. This course teaches students the skills necessary for freelance writing, including dealing with finances and setting writing goals. Students will learn to sell articles and manuscripts and find markets as well as properly compose book proposals. Spring.

PW 421 Professional Writing Portfolio Exhibit (3) Prereq.: EN 301, PW 302, 305, and senior professional writing concentration. Students prepare a professional-quality portfolio. Fall, Spring.

PW 422 Professional Writing Practicum (2) Prereq.: EN 301, PW 302, 305, and senior professional writing concentration and approval from chair of humanities. Students obtain actual field experience in the area of professional writing. Both sem., Interterm, Post-term, and Summer.

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