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2090 - Electives in Writing Course Descriptions

This is the current course list for the Fall 2015 semester. The following list is alphabetical, by instructor last name. Check the current Course Schedule.

All CU undergrads can learn (without prior experience) how to publish a journal in print and online, taking WRTG 2090-001, "Journal Twenty Twenty." Created by undergrads for undergraduate Creative Nonfiction, the first issue of Journal Twenty Twenty in 2013 was the only publication in the country satisfying all four of these criteria:
  1. We publish only Creative Nonfiction--in all its forms, from Satire to Memoir to New Journalism to Critical Ethnography to Travel Writing, even Creative Graphic Nonfiction.
  2. All writing is done by CU Undergraduates.
  3. All Artwork, Layout, and Design, as well as Editorial and Digital Production work is done by CU Undergraduates.
  4. We seek online growth, but publish a beautiful print journal each Fall and Spring semesters.

The Fall course develops the now annual issue to be launched each Spring. In learning to distribute and promote the current issue, solicit good submissions, and then edit, publish, market, and advertise a new issue, students develop critical skills that translate to multiple majors, a variety of career paths, and strong resumes. Our multi-modal journal extension online furthermore adds to the digital literacy and rhetorical knowledge necessary to publish Creative Nonfiction in print. Students can see our website at http://journal2020.wordpress.com/ and may reach current student Staff and Faculty Advisors through our email at journal2020@colorado.edu and through our Facebook page.

A minute-and-a-half promotional video for the course (starring John-Michael Rivera, Christy Macdonald, Ginger Knowlton, and Eric Burger) is here.

This course is inspired by the principle that genuine knowledge begins when one teaches someone else. With this in mind, you will become a more knowledgeable and confident writer through first-hand experience tutoring CU student writers. Readings and discussions about the writing process, argumentative strategies, and theories of critical thinking will guide your development as a writer and tutor in the class.

Course topics will include theories of learning, college composition and rhetoric, tutoring practices in writing centers, writing in the disciplines, document design strategies, and grammar and style tutorials. Coursework will consist of participating in weekly tutoring sessions, composing response papers and application documents, contributing to a multi-university writing tutors’ blog, and leading occasional class discussions.

Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible for placement as paid peer writing tutors on the CU campus.

This course fulfills an elective and is open to all undergraduates interested in learning to tutor writing.