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Writing

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WR 80   Writing 80
Credits: 3.00
Description: Instruction includes basic communication skills, language mechanics, grammar, spelling, sentence structure and paragraph development. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 80 and RD 80. Audit available.
WR 80C   Writing 80C
Credits: 3.00
Description: Instruction includes basic communication skills, language mechanics, grammar, spelling, sentence structure and paragraph development. Prerequisites: (ABE 0784 or placement into WR 80) and (ABE 0783 or placement into RD 80) Audit available.
WR 90   Writing 90
Credits: 3.00
Description: Instruction includes sentence structure, paragraph and essay development, and written expression. Students can expect to increase working vocabulary and improve skills in basic communications. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 90 or completion of WR 80 and placement into RD 90 or completion of RD 80 with a "C" or better. Audit available.
WR 90C   Writing 90C
Credits: 3.00
Description: Includes instruction in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, essay development, and critical thinking skills. Improves basic writing skills by learning to use simple and complex sentences in developing a good essay, and by developing critical thinking skills that are used in the writing process. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 90 or completion of WR 80; Placement into RD 90 or completion of RD 80. Audit available.
WR 91   Basic Grammar
Credits: 1.00
Description: Instruction in grammar including parts of speech, sentence types, subject verb agreement, pronoun usage and avoidance of fragments, run-ons, and other sentence errors. WR 91A and WR 91 are equivalent. Only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: WR 80 and RD 80 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
WR 91A   Basic Grammar
Credits: 1.00
Description: Instruction in grammar including parts of speech, sentence types, subject verb agreement, pronoun usage and avoidance of fragments, run-ons, and other sentence errors. This class is offered in a flexible schedule, lecture/lab format. WR 91A and WR 91 are equivalent. Only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: WR 80 and RD 80 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
WR 92   Basic Grammar
Credits: 2.00
Description: Instruction in grammar including punctuation, sentence structure, and the writing process. This course is offered in a flexible schedule, lecture/lab format. WR 92A and WR 92 are equivalent. Only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: WR 80, RD 80 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
WR 92A   Basic Grammar
Credits: 2.00
Description: Instruction in grammar including punctuation, sentence structure, and the writing process. WR 92A and WR 92 are equivalent. Only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: WR 80 and RD 80 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
WR 93   Basic Grammar
Credits: 3.00
Description: Overview of some fundamental principles of American English grammar including parts of speech, sentence types, sentence analysis, simple/compound/complex sentences, subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, selected homonyms, punctuation, capitalization, and avoidance of fragments, run-ons, and other errors. Audit available.
WR 105   Writing for Scholarships
Credits: 2.00
Description: Explores approaches to autobiographical writing required for completing scholarship applications. Covers responses to typical scholarship essay prompts. Develops scholarship essays through journaling and sharing essay drafts. Introduces the practice of revising and rewriting material in different ways to respond to different audiences and prompts. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 115 or instructor approval. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CG 105. Audit available.
WR 115   Introduction to Expository Writing
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces college level skills in reading critically, exploring ideas, and writing. Covers composing essays which support a thesis through structure appropriate to both thesis and reader and revision for clarity and correctness. Prerequisites: (Placement into WR 115 or completion of WR 90 or ESOL 262) and (placement into RD 115 or completion of RD 90 or ESOL 260). Audit available.
WR 117   Introduction to Technical Writing
Credits: 3.00
Description: Focuses on the specific writing needs of career programs: procedures, proposals, letters, memoranda, lab reports, work reports. Prerequisite: WR 115 or placement into WR 121. Audit available.
WR 121   English Composition
Credits: 4.00
Description: Focuses on academic writing as a means of inquiry. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121, or completion of WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.
WR 121H   English Composition: Honors
Credits: 4.00
Description: This is the Honors version. Focuses on academic writing as a means of inquiry. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Prerequisite: 3.25 GPA and placement into WR 121, or completion of WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.
WR 122   English Composition
Credits: 4.00
Description: Continues the focus of WR 121 on academic writing as a means of inquiry with added emphasis on persuasion and argument supported by external research. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate original positions. Emphasizes development of writing and critical thinking through logical reasoning, rhetorical control, independent research and information literacy. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit available.
WR 122H   English Composition: Honors
Credits: 4.00
Description: Honors WR 122. Focuses on argument as a means of inquiry, clear and appropriate writing style, and critical reading. Explores ideas and issues through discussion and writing. Students compose analytical, argumentative, and/or expository essays with appropriate documentation. Students will explore principles of classical and neoclassical rhetoric theory while becoming confident members of the academic community. Prerequisite: WR 121 and 3.25 GPA. Audit available.
WR 123   English Composition
Credits: 3.00
Description: Uses extensive research writing to develop skills in critical analysis and documented argument. Students synthesize their considered response to designated text(s) and/or issues with the reactions of other writers. Includes paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and documenting using style appropriate to discipline researched. Prerequisite: WR 122. Audit available.
WR 180   Composition Conferencing and Tutoring
Credits: 1.00
Description: Explores the techniques and philosophies involved in tutoring and conferencing one-to-one with writing students. Students practice skills learned in the classroom as they work in the PCC Writing Center. Audit available.
WR 185   English Language: Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.00
Description: Explores elements and nuances of Standard English and dialects in both theory and practice. Explores historical, social, and current cultural issues of grammar and language use through reading, discussion, and writing. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121 or WR 115 with a grade of C or better. Audit available.
WR 222   Writing Research Papers
Credits: 4.00
Description: This course uses extensive research writing to develop skills in critical analysis and documented argument. Students synthesize their considered response to designated text(s) and/or issues with the reactions of other writers. Students gain experience locating and using sources via library catalogs, professional databases and other forms of research. Includes paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and documenting, using style appropriate to discipline researched. At least two conferences required. Prerequisite: Completion of WR 122 with a grade of "C" or higher. Audit available.
WR 227   Technical and Professional Writing 1
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces technical and professional communications. Students compose, design, revise, and edit effective letters, memos, reports, descriptions, instructions, and employment documents Emphasizes precise use of language and graphics to communicate complex technical and procedural information safely, legally and ethically. Two instructor conferences required. Prerequisites: WR 121, basic computer literacy, and intermediate word processing skills. Audit available.
WR 239   Creative Writing (Word & Image)
Credits: 4.00
Description: Focuses on writing and designing work that incorporates both words and images. Explores the techniques, styles, and structures used by established writers and artists of the genre. Includes critiquing and revising work in a workshop setting. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available
WR 240   Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Credits: 4.00
Description: Introduces creative nonfiction and the writing of essays using creative techniques, such as personal narrative, memoir, nature and travel writing, and literary journalism. Explores the works of established writers for forms, techniques and styles as a context for the production of creative nonfiction for class discussion and analysis. Prerequisite: WR121. Audit available.
WR 241   Creative Writing - Fiction
Credits: 4.00
Description: Focuses on writing short fiction for class discussion and analysis in a workshop setting. Explores the techniques, styles, and structures of the writings of established authors, as well as the creative writing process from development of an idea to revision of a manuscript. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
WR 242   Creative Writing - Poetry
Credits: 4.00
Description: Focuses on the writing and submitting of poetry for class discussion and analysis in a workshop setting. Introduces the techniques, structures, and styles of established poets. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
WR 243   Creative Writing - Script Writing
Credits: 4.00
Description: Focuses on writing and submitting theatre and film scripts for class discussion and analysis. Studies established writers for techniques, structures, and styles. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
WR 244   Advanced Creative Writing - Fiction
Credits: 4.00
Description: Extends the introduction to the craft of fiction started in WR 241. Explores the creative writing process from development of an idea to revision of a manuscript. Introduces the techniques, structures, and styles of established writers. Prerequisites: WR 241 or instructor permission. Audit available.
WR 245   Advanced Creative Writing - Poetry
Credits: 4.00
Description: Extends the introduction to the craft of poetry in WR 242. Write poetry, have work critiqued by peers and the instructor, and critique the work of others in a workshop setting. Students without WR 242 may enter the class with instructor permission. Prerequisite: WR 242 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.
WR 246   Advanced Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing
Credits: 4.00
Description: Emphasizes development of craft while introducing basics of editing others' manuscripts and preparing them for publication in a variety of forms, including an annual student literary magazine. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: (WR 240 or 241 or 242 or 243) and (WR 244 or 245) or instructor permission. Audit available.
WR 247   Advanced Creative Writing - Scriptwriting
Credits: 4.00
Description: Focuses on writing and submitting both drama and screen scripts for class discussion and analysis, as introduced in WR 243. Continues the study of established writers for techniques, structures, and styles. Includes lecture, small group activities, and conferences. Prerequisite: WR 243 and its prerequisite requirements; or instructor permission. Audit available.
WR 248   Advanced Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Credits: 4.00
Description: Extends the introduction of creative nonfiction and the writing of essays using creative techniques, such as personal narrative, memoir, nature and travel writing, and literary journalism. Explores the works of established writers for forms, techniques and styles as a context for the production of creative nonfiction for class discussion and analysis. Prerequisite: WR 240 or instructor permission. Audit available.
WR 249   Advanced Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing II
Credits: 4.00
Description: Extends the introduction to editing manuscripts and designing and publishing printed chapbooks and literary magazines. Prerequisite: WR 246 or instructor permission. Audit available.
WR 280A   Cooperative Education: Writing and Publishing
Credits:
Description: Extends knowledge of writing, editing, publishing, and communications acquired in writing courses through volunteer and/or work time spent in settings that provide learning experiences in these areas. Prerequisite: WR 121 and department permission required.
WR 9599   Professional Editing
Credits: 3.00
Description: Introduces different types of editors and edits. Includes extensive editing practice with a wide variety of projects, individual and team based. Also emphasizes the editor's critical role in the production process. Prerequisite: WR 122 or WR 214. Audit available.
WR 9600   Technical and Professional Writing II
Credits: 3.00
Description: Includes document design, researching, organizing, managing and producing complex technical and professional documents. Prerequisites: Grade of "B" or better in GD 120, WR 227, WR 9599 and WR 9601. Audit available.
WR 9601   Graphics for Technical and Professional Writers
Credits: 3.00
Description: Applies the graphic art skills learned in GD 120 to technical and professional writing projects. Combines those skills with skills in electronic layout and design. Prerequisite: Grade of "B" or better in GD 120 and WR 227. Audit available.