Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.
-- Ingrid Bengis

At Western Oregon University we encourage and enable students to engage in a lifetime of writing both in and beyond the classroom. Through our writing endeavors we seek to cultivate critical thinking skills essential to success in the academic world and in life. We explore writing as a mode of thinking that invites discovery, as well as a means of communication.

First Year Writing

Goals for First Year Writing

English Major - Writing Emphasis

Writing Intensive Classes

Writing Center

Writing Courses

 

Writing Activities/Events/Readingse

[None scheduled at this time.]

 


Writing Courses

WR 115 College Writing I (4)
A writing course introducing a variety of writing
strategies and emphasizing critical reading and
thinking. This course helps students prepare for
LACC writing requirement, WR 135

WR 135 College Writing II (4)
An intensive writing course focusing on critical
analysis, argumentation and documentation. This
course meets the LACC writing requirement if
passed with a grade of C- or better.
Note: students must complete WR 135 (or its transfer
equivalent) before enrolling in upper-division writingintensive
courses.

WR 222 Research and Composition (4)
Combines instruction in research skills with the
production of essays utilizing research, including
traditional library research, internet research,
documentation styles, and forms of researched
writing. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent

WR 321 Business and Technical Writing (4)
Practice in the forms of written communication and
technical writing in business and the professions.
Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent

WR 323 Intermediate Exposition (4)
Intermediate expository writing. Prerequisite: WR 135

WR 360 Fiction Workshop (4)
First course in fi ction writing, emphasizing technique
and critical appreciation of fi ction writing. Workshop.
Prerequisite: WR 135

WR 361 Poetry Workshop (4)
First course in poetry writing, emphasizing
technique and critical appreciation of poetry writing.
Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 135

WR 362 Topics in Creative Writing (4)
First course in techniques of creative writing in areas
other than fi ction or poetry. Specifi c focus will be
identifi ed each time course is offered. Workshop.
Prerequisite: WR 135

WR 399 Special Studies (4)

WR 406 Special Individual Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Individual or
special studies in a limited area of interest under
the guidance of a designated faculty member.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor

WR 409 Practicum (1-4)

WR 412/512 Writing Center Internship (1-6)
Supervised practical experience as a Writing Center
consultant, diagnosing student texts and suggesting
techniques for students' writing skills improvement.
Prerequisite: WR 135, WR 440, additional 400-
level writing course, recommendation of WR 440
instructor

WR 414 Advanced Composition (4)
Advanced instruction and practice in the principles of
writing. May be taken twice. Prerequisite: 300-level
writing course or consent of instructor

WR 430 Historical Issues in Composition (4)
A historical survey of rhetoric and composition
theories, focusing on the development of instructional
styles relevant to different periods. May be taken
twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: WR 135
or consent of instructor

WR 440/540 Teaching of Writing (4)
Course dealing with current theories and practices in
teaching writing in English Language Arts and other
subject areas in the public school. Prerequisite: WR
135 and LING 215 or consent of instructor

WR 450 Writing for Publication (4)
A survey of methods of publication and of markets
for various kinds of writing. Theory and practice
in manuscript preparation, manuscript form,
proofreading, and copyright application. Submission
of actual manuscript for publication.

WR 460 Advanced Fiction Workshop (4)
Advanced study of fi ction-writing techniques. May be
repeated once for credit. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR
360 or consent of instructor

WR 461 Advanced Poetry Workshop (4)
Advanced study of poetry writing technique. May be
repeated once for credit. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR
361 or consent of instructor

WR 496/596 Special Topics in Writing (4)
An exploration of selected writing topics, as identifi ed
in each year's schedule of classes. May be taken twice
if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: one upperdivision
writing class or consent of instructor

WR 606 Special Individual Studies (1-6)
Individual or special writing instruction in a specifi c
form of writing under the guidance of a designated
faculty member.

WR 610 Forms of Expository Prose (3)
Intensive study and practice in analyzing and writing
expository prose. Recommended for secondary teachers.

WR 642 Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
Introduces students to the theories and techniques in
teaching writing, and teaching via writing, relevant to
content knowledge courses.

 

 

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