Eric C. Schwerer

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study “real world” examples of professional writing.

Suggested Materials:

* reliable access to a computer and the internet and a Google account
* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
* reliable access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Spring 2018

Course Description

This course provides as introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an
artist who writes essays, short stories, poems, and one act plays. You will also do a lot of reading.
I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your writings, your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion! I want to help you discover some great writers and to experience the liberating, creative struggle of trying to write something that hasn’t been written before, something that makes us all feel more alive.

Required Texts:

• Imaginative Writing, Janet Burroway, FOURTH EDITION
• an @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• reliable access to a computer with a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email
attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; “back-up” means daily saving of material in at least two locations;
for example, your computer’s hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Composition 2, Spring 2018

Course Description

The primary purpose of this course is to improve your writing and reading skills. Some time will also be devoted to conducting responsible, interesting research and incorporating the words and ideas of others into your own writing. I will assist you through the processes of close reading, critical thinking, note-taking, thesis development, drafting, avoiding plagiarism, and revision.
As a way of practicing these skills, we will read and discuss poetry as well as critical scholarship written about poetry. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002 or ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

• "Poetry: A Pocket Anthology," RS Gwynn, 7th edition
• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me • access to a printer (I might send you files via email which you are required to print)

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Playwriting, Fall 2017

Course Description:

Starting with the basics, we will practice the craft of constructing one-act plays to be performed by actors.

Unlike a lecture class, this creative writing workshop is based on you: your writing, your participation and liveliness, your ideas and questions, your presence.

You will share your creative work and be encouraged to offer tactful, constructive, and encouraging criticism to your classmates when they submit drafts of their plays for workshop. I ask that you help to maintain an environment in which we feel free to make mistakes, take chances, and be brilliant.

Class time will be devoted to generating ideas and raw material for your plays and workshopping them towards revision. You will also spend much time both in and out of class reading and thinking about published plays and how they are constructed.

Required Materials:

- Regular access to a computer
- An active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
- A regular access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
- A fail-safe way to back-up all your work; “back-up” means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Professional Writing, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study “real world” examples of professional writing.

Suggested Materials:

* reliable access to a computer and the internet and a Google account
* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
* reliable access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2017

Course Description

This course provides as introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an
artist who writes essays, short stories, poems, and one act plays. You will also do a lot of reading.
I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your writings, your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion! I want to help you discover some great writers and to experience the liberating, creative struggle of trying to write something that hasn’t been written before, something that makes us all feel more alive.

Required Texts:

• Imaginative Writing, Janet Burroway, FOURTH EDITION
• an @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• reliable access to a computer with a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email
attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; “back-up” means daily saving of material in at least two locations;
for example, your computer’s hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Advanced Poetry Writing, Spring 2017

Course Description

This upper level poetry writing course offers students who have mastered fundamental skills and who are familiar with basic issues of craft and form a workshop environment in which to compose and revise a significant group of poems. The course will include the close reading and study of some important works of modern and contemporary poetry.

Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or ENGWRT 0053

Required Texts:

It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful, Lia Purpura
Bright Dead Things, Ada Limon
How to Be Drawn, Terrance Hayes
Neon Vernacular, Yusef Komunyakaa
The Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath
The Poet's Companion, Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux

Additional Required Materials:
* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiations from me
* reliable, regular access to a computer with a printer
* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition)
* a Mead Composition Book or something similar for in-class writing

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study “real world” examples of professional writing.

Suggested Materials:

* reliable access to a computer and the internet and a Google account
* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
* reliable access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Spring 2017

Course Description

This course offers students an introductory study of the written arts. Through the close reading of modern and contemporary texts and guided experimentation in a variety of genres (e.g., poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction), students will examine, explore, and discuss the creative process. Class may be taken by freshman English writing majors. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or 0006.

Required Materials:

* Imaginative Writing, Janet Burroway, FOURTH EDITION

* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me

* reliable access to a computer with a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)

* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Digital Poetry, Fall 2016

Course Description:

We will explore some of the trends and achievements in poetry in the digital age. In addition, we will read texts which offer theories and critiques of digital poetry. We will also consider the influence that traditional, printed poetry has on digital experimentation.

You will use various digital tools and techniques to draft your own poems and present your work-in-progress to the class during creative writing workshops. I will provide some instruction on working with user-friendly software and basic computer code, but those of you who have experience with programming and digital design will be encouraged to share your expertise and to help lead the way.

What is poetry? Is there a place for poetry in the digital age? In what ways is poetry improved by being digitized? Is digital poetry real “poetry”? I want you to think of yourselves as poets and scholars and to pursue these and similar questions.

Required Materials:

- You need daily access to an up-to-date computer with a decent internet connection. If you will rely on campus computer labs, then familiarize yourself with their hours and machines asap.
- You need web-space, such as a blog or web site. I recommend Weebly, Google Blogger, or Tumblr, but you can establish the web presence of your choice so long as it gives you a platform on which to post, host, and/or link your creative work and its content is solely limited to your work for this class.
- You need an active @pitt.edu email account and you need to check your email regularly for communiations from me (schwerer@pitt.edu).
- You need a fail-safe way to back-up all your work, including large, digital files. “Back-up” means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and a cloud storage, like Google Drive (included with a free Google account) and Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition). You might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up. I will not accept computer mishaps of any kind as an excuse for lost or late work.
- Please see the “Tool and Resources” page on our course web site for more materials, tools, and software that you will find useful.
- Lastly, you might want ear buds or head phones for in-class surfing.

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