WTG 370 Writing for Fun and Profit
Writing for Fun and Profit: Niche Markets
This is a course for students who would like experience in professional writing for niche publishing markets, such as educational testing. We’ll explore a variety of markets and in detail: the educational testing market. For that market, we’ll focus on the compactness and concision necessary for writing test passages, the necessity for selecting topics appropriate for testing and recognizing sensitivity issues, mastering editing skills necessary to create grammatical and mechanical correctness, as well developing an eye for topics that will appeal to the appropriate grade level. The course will include a professional workshop with a testing development specialist, the possibility of a follow-up internship with American College Testing in Iowa City, and freelance writing opportunities.
WTG 373 The Graphic Novel
The Graphic Novel
The graphic novel, a genre of literature combining writing and art, has become increasingly popular in the past decades. The term “graphic novel” broadly refers to any fictional or non-fictional story that is told by means of both writing and illustration—often, though not necessarily, in cartoon form. In this class, students will read selections from various award-winning graphic novels and illustrated memoirs, among them Persepolis by Marjane Sarpati, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Ghost World by Daniel Clowes, Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Maus by Art Spiegelman. Students are expected to write and illustrate their own graphic novel during the class. In the process, they will hone all techniques relevant to this genre: Writing-wise, the focus will be on dialogue, scene, plot, pacing, character development, selection of detail, language, voice, and editing. Artistically, the focus will be on choice of materials, drawing technique, page layout, the relationship between positive and negative space, color, and shape.
WTG 410 Travel Writing
Travel Writing: Discovering the Universal in the Particular — Conveying the Sense of Feeling at Home in Unique Places of the World
From Mark Twain to John Steinbeck, many of the world’s best writers have been drawn to travel writing. By analyzing the work of great travel writers and through in-class writing workshops, students become familiar with techniques of travel writing. Highlighting the course are three day-trips to nearby tourist destinations, during which students learn to research articles and record their personal observations in a travel journal. The course culminates in the writing of a personal travel essay for publication. How to write a query letter and the top online markets for travel articles will also be covered. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor