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2090 - Electives in Writing Course Descriptions

The following list is alphabetical, by instructor last name. Not every course shown below is offered every semester. 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, Journal Twenty Twenty is 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.

In learning to solicit good submissions, and then edit, publish, market, and advertise the university's home for Creative Nonfiction, 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 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.

In this section of WRTG 2090, we will explore how the nature of reading and writing has changed now that we communicate primarily through digital media, and it will prepare you with the digital communication skills you need to be successful in the 21st century. 

You will analyze a variety of messages conveyed through digital media, including messages composed of linear text, hypertext, images, photos, animation, sound, music, and/or video, and you will consider what makes some examples of digital communication more rhetorically effective and credible than others.  You will then apply what you learned by studying examples of digital messages to the creation of your own rhetorically effective messages in a variety of digital media formats.  You will learn how to use the digital media tools that best suit your audience, purpose, topic, and intended publication, and you will learn strategies for planning, developing, evaluating, and revising that apply specifically to digital rather than print-based compositions. In particular, you will learn how to compose with sound, music, voice, photos, images, animation, video clips, and original video footage, as well as how to publish your  digital media projects in a variety of online formats, such as blogs, wikis, presentation hosting sites, podcast and video hosting sites, the class web site, and so on.  You will also create your own web portfolio that showcases your best work, which you can then show to future employers to demonstrate your digital media skills.

The class will cover how to use digital media tools available for free for Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6 as well as for Windows Vista and 7.  No previous experience with digital media tools is necessary, nor are you required to own your own computer, although you should be comfortable learning new technology.   The class will be fun and engaging, but even more importantly, it may give you that extra edge when searching for a job after graduation.

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.