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Writing Courses

Writing classes in our department offer students workshops in beginning, intermediate, and advanced poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction writing. Students also engage in the advanced study of the form and theory of writing and have the opportunity to be involved in Fredonia's undergraduate literary journal or internships. Below is the list of writing courses offered in Fall 2022. Please see the University Catalog for a complete list of courses in every department.

WRTG 260 Introduction to Creative Writing

Prof. Rebecca Cuthbert

Section 01

MWF
10:00-10:50

Section 02 MWF 11:00-11:50

Section 03
TR 2:00-3:20

First in the sequence of creative writing courses, the prerequisite for all higher-level creative writing. Conducted in an informal workshop format, the course provides practical experience in the writing and evaluation of poetry and short fiction. Basic forms, prosodies, techniques, genres, and the problems they pose are considered through study of historical and contemporary examples, and through writing assignments.

WRTG 260 Introduction to Creative Writing

Prof. Neil Fitzpatrick

Section 04 
Online

Section 05 
Online

The focus of this class will be on learning craft through practice: we will write fiction and poetry exercises that lead to longer works. We will share these works and learn to give and receive feedback. We will read contemporary literary fiction and poetry, both to see what published writers can teach us and to mine the pleasures found there.  This is writing as discovery, both in terms of what the poem or story is about and what we’re about.

WRTG 260 Introduction to Creative Writing

Prof. Shannon Jonas

Section 06
MW 4:30-5:50

Section 07
MW 3:00-4:20

First in the sequence of creative writing courses, the prerequisite for all higher-level creative writing. Conducted in an informal workshop format, the course provides practical experience in the writing and evaluation of poetry and short fiction. Basic forms, prosodies, techniques, genres, and the problems they pose are considered through the study of historical and contemporary examples, and through writing assignments.

WRTG 260 Introduction to Creative Writing

TBD

Section 08
Online

This class serves as an introduction to what creative writers do. We will be working on the foundations of creative writing across genres—poetry and fiction, as well as creative nonfiction, playwriting, graphic narrative—and doing so via frequent, short exercises. The class will also include readings, discussions, and in-class peer review (workshops).

WRTG 261 Intro to Writing Professions

Prof. Natalie Gerber

TR 9:30-10:50

Students develop their rhetorical awareness and learn valuable lessons about the writing process and about how to connect writing skills to professional qualifications in a supportive environment. Where possible, guest speakers and real-world applications will be integrated into the course.

WRTG 299 Writing for RPGs

Prof. Shawn Merwin

T R 11:00-12:20

In this course students will examine table top roleplaying games and the writing that forms them. 
 

WRTG 361 Intermediate Fiction

Prof. Rebecca Cuthbert

TR 12:30-1:50

Continued study of forms, techniques, genres, and theories of fiction writing. Emphasis on further development of students' skills in writing and self-criticism through intensive workshop experience. Readings in contemporary fiction.
 

WRTG 361 Intermediate Fiction

Prof. Michael Sheehan

MW 3:00-4:20

Continued study of forms, techniques, genres, and theories of fiction writing. Emphasis on further development of students' skills in writing and self-criticism through intensive workshop experience. Readings in contemporary fiction.
 

WRTG 364 Literary Publishing

Prof. Michael Sheehan

MWF 11:00-11:50

This course is designed as a practicum for students interested in literary publishing. The central focus of the course is the production of The Trident, the undergraduate literary journal at Fredonia. Over the course of this semester, this class will advertise, solicit, screen, and file manuscripts, handle rejection and acceptance letters, design, edit, and prepare a volume of The Trident for publication. We will discuss national literary journals, both online and in print. All students who work on The Trident will be acknowledged on the masthead and receive a copy of the issue.

WRTG 365 Form and Theory of Writing

Prof. Michael Sheehan

TR 12:30-1:50

In this course, we will look at examples of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as recent (and less recent) examples of hypertext, interactive essays, video games, installations, podcasts, and other forms. Although we will discuss literary theory and talk to writers, our project will be to respond creatively to what we read, see, and hear. This includes responses to the works of other students as we create a group project to be experienced by others on campus.

WRTG 372 Grammar and Style for Writers

Prof. David Kaplin

MWF 10:00-10:50

This course helps writers understand and move beyond notions of “correctness” in matters of grammar and style to appreciate the nuances involved in crafting well-written persuasive and creative prose for a variety of audiences, purposes, and contexts. Students should have a solid understanding of basic grammar before enrolling in this course.

WRTG 374 Writing and Social Change

Prof. Birger Vanwesenbeek

Online

Our topic for this course will be the short novel. We will read a selection of short novels and look at passages from many more, along with craft essays. You will start the draft of a short novel. This will be accomplished by submitting ~10 page chapters on a regular basis. These will follow our discussions of the form and of process, along with a number of exercises to help you navigate the structure of the novel.

WRTG 375 Writing for the Professions

Prof. Natalie Gerber

Online

This writing-intensive course designed for students of all majors has a proven track record in helping students successfully apply for jobs, internships, graduate programs, and scholarships. Gain practice and confidence in crafting professional emails and letters, cover letters and résumés. Be prepared to write and revise weekly.

WRTG 399
Sports Writing

Prof. Jason Bussman

MWF 2:00-2:50

This course will provide students with a brief history of the sports writing genre, as well as provide an opportunity to write sports articles for publication. This course will take an in-depth look at the process of writing a sports feature story, from how to pitch the idea to interviewing athletes and coaches, writing on deadline, and revising copy in order to communicate the event beyond the box score.

WRTG 455
Writing Tutors

Prof. Scott Johnston

TR 11:00-12:20

In this course, we will examine both the theory and practice of tutoring native English speaking students and ESL students who desire assistance with writing assigned in their courses from across the college. In addition, you will participate in all aspects of the tutoring process: as an observer, a co-tutor, a tutee, and a tutor.

WRTG 462
Advanced Poetry

Prof. Shannon Jonas

Intensive critical discussion of student work. Readings in contemporary poetry. The orientation of the course is professional, and the students are expected to submit their work to periodicals for publication. Oral presentation of student work.
 

WRTG 463
Advanced Creative Non-Fiction

Prof. Heather McEntarfer

MWF 11:00-11:50

Intensive critical discussion of student creative nonfiction. Readings in contemporary nonfiction. The orientation of the course is professional, and students are expected to submit their work to periodicals for publication. In this class, you will be working independently, writing and submitting essays that demonstrate your abilities and personal aesthetic.
 

WRTG 465
Writing Internship

Prof. Michael Sheehan

TBA

Writing internships. Interns work 40 hours for 1 credit hour. Enrollment requires a completed Learning Contract and permission of the department.
 

WRTG 499
Trident Mentored Experience

Prof. Michael Sheehan

TBA

 

 

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