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Summer 2016 Credit Courses: Communications/Writing

BS in Communications

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Screenwriting I
An introduction to the basic techniques of writing for the screen, beginning with the story. The elements of the story, including character, plot, theme, image, and voice, are analyzed. Students learn the proper screenplay format, write short assignments weekly, and analyze a classic screenplay and its realization in film in their study of screenplay structure.
PSW1010 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Susan Kougell
Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Session III (3-Week Intensive): June 13–July 1
Room: Refer to the online schedule

online courses iconCollege Writing
An intensive course, by the end of which students are able to do the following:

  1. Produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms.
  2. Apply critical-thinking skills to evaluate their own and others’ assignments.
  3. Take a position of their own and develop an argument, using supporting details.
  4. Synthesize materials from various kinds of texts.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to revise and improve their papers.
  6. Use course concepts to develop in-depth readings of texts and critically literate written papers.
  7. Research a topic in detail and write a coherent, well-organized paper that develops an argument in dialogue with source texts.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in oral discourse.
  9. Evaluate an oral presentation.
  10. Perform the basic operation of computer use.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit www.purchase.edu/online for details.
WRI1110 / 4 credits
Marie Cordell
Session II: June 13–July 29

online courses iconCreative Writing Workshop
This course allows students to explore various genres, including poetry, the short story, and the memoir. Students should be prepared to write, revise, and share portions of their work with the class and to read a selection of works by contemporary authors.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit www.purchase.edu/online for details.
Prerequisite (for WRI3160): WRI 2160 or CWR 1010
WRI2160 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
WRI3160 (Advanced) / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Marie Cordell
Session II: June 13–July 29

True Stories: The Craft of Memoir
Students learn how to examine and write their own stories through in-class exercises and discussion of both student and published work. Beginning writers, as well as those with a particular project in mind, learn how to place their stories in the larger context of the world and employ storytelling techniques, including imagery, voice, dialogue, and character development.
WRI3250 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Theresa Benaquist
Tues. & Thurs., 6:30–10:05 p.m.
Session II: June 14–July 28
Room: Refer to the online schedule

Updated Feb. 15, 2016

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