English Department - 200 Level

210. Creative Writing

Creative Writing provides a variety of opportunities for those students with a special interest in and a flair for writing poems, scenes, and stories-that is, for using language for effect. The assignments are technical and sequential, designed to develop talents in both writing and editing.

The students write in class as well as outside. Three major creative pieces are polished to be evaluated by the instructor and the class in group editing sessions. The instructor also holds individual conferences with each participant to help the student form experiences and observations into patterns of images and dialogue. Particular attention is given to vivid characterization, varieties of narrative techniques, and principles of "affective" writing, such as appeal to the senses, objectivity, understatement, ellipses, and pace. This course is open to any student who is reasonably confident with and interested in writing. It will be offered in two sections; one section for younger students and the other for older students.


211. Journalism

Journalism provides a variety of opportunities for those students with an interest in constructing and creating news stories. The assignments are designed to develop talents in both writing and editing, and the students write both in and out of the classroom. The culminating project of a school newspaper will be preceded by a variety of smaller assignments, designed to build confidence and refine technique. The instructor also holds individual conferences with each participant to help the student build clarity of expression. Particular attention is paid to exploring the methods of investigative journalism, including conducting of interviews and research. This course is open to any student who is reasonably confident with and interested in writing. It will be offered in two sections; one section for younger students and the other for older students.


215. Writing the College Essay

Your college essay is one of the most important pieces of your application, and it's also the one part that you control completely. Begin the writing process through the construction of a few essays over the summer. The course will offer constructive feedback while providing tips of do's and don'ts in answering those essay prompts of previous college essays.


216. Public Speaking

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques of effective speaking in public.

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