Michael W. Cox

Michael W. Cox, Fiction Writing, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course introduces students to aspects of prose fiction—plot, point of view, characterization, conflict, etc. Students may write exercises on these aspects of fiction, or write one or more short stories and revise frequently. Students will also read representative stories and explore their use of particular fictional techniques. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Art and Craft of Fiction, by Michael Kardos

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Michael W. Cox, Technical Writing, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Prepares students to deal with problems of technological communication in various fields. Includes analysis, development, use, and evaluation of various models employed in the process of technical writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0006 or ENGCMP 0004.

Required Texts:

-Pfeiffer's Pocket Guide to Technical Communication, fifth edition is available at the UPJ bookstore

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Michael W. Cox, Digital Magazine Production, Spring 2016

Course Description

This upper level English Writing course will help students understand how magazines are written, edited, produced, and read. Students will become familiar with the best practices of print and online magazines in the first two thirds of the course while at the same time writing and polishing assignments that will populate their own web magazines. In the last few weeks of the course, students will work as an editorial team to select the best pieces to build an online magazine including essays, interviews, reviews, digital images, audios, podcasts, etc. Stylish writing and production will be encouraged, though not at the expense of proper grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling, and presentation.

Required Texts:

-The Elements of Style is available at the campus bookstore

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Michael W. Cox, Advanced Seminar in Writing, Fall 2015

Course Description

This seminar provides a capstone experience for English writing majors and students intensely committed to writing. It is assumed that students come to the seminar having taken a fairly broad range of both English writing and literature courses. Students will complete an original manuscript in a genre of their choice (e.g., poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction). Manuscripts will be evaluated by an approved outside reader as well as the instructor. Class hours will be devoted to workshop critiques and discussing contemporary issues of form and theory related to the written arts. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or ENGWRT 0053

Required Texts:

The Elements of Style, 4th ed. is available at the UPJ Bookstore

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Michael W. Cox, Technical Writing, Fall 2015

Course Description:

Prepares students to deal with problems of technological communication in various fields. Includes analysis, development, use, and evaluation of various models employed in the process of technical writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0006 or ENGCMP 0004.

Required Texts:

Pfeiffer's Pocket Guide to Technical Communication, fifth edition

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Michael W. Cox, Grammar Review, Fall 2015

Course Description:

Reviews essential grammatical principles traditionally and historically, including punctuation. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

English Fundamentals, by Donald Emery, et al. 16th edition

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Michael W. Cox, Introduction To Creative Writing, Spring 2015

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 Texts:

-Starkey's Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief 2nd ed.

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Michael W. Cox, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2015

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. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Writing on the Job (WOTJ), a Norton pocket guide

Michael W. Cox, Fiction Writing, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course introduces students to aspects of prose fiction—plot, point of view, characterization, conflict, etc. Students may write exercises on these aspects of fiction, or write one or more short stories and revise frequently. Students will also read representative stories and explore their use of particular fictional techniques. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Art and Craft of Fiction, by Michael Kardos

Syllabus: 

Michael W. Cox, Technical Writing, Spring 2015

Course Description:

Prepares students to deal with problems of technological communication in various fields. Includes analysis, development, use, and evaluation of various models employed in the process of technical writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0006 or ENGCMP 0004.

Required Texts:

-Richard Johnson-Sheehan’s Technical Communication Strategies for Today

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