Marissa K. Landrigan

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Creative Writing, Summer 2016

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:

-Syllabus by Lynda Barry (LBS)
-The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013, ed. Dave Eggers (BANR)
-Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch (H.5)

Marissa K. Landrigan, Writing for Digital Media, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the basics of successful writing for a variety of online media. We will rhetorically analyze the particular needs of digital media including blogs, websites, various social media, and collaborative media such as wikis. Using a process-based approach, we will then practice crafting clear, concise prose, and shaping it to meet the needs of online readers. By analyzing how online communities organize, use, and distribute knowledge and information, we will evaluate and build digital stories that communicate simply and effectively. Since our focus will be on developing a rhetorical awareness of the needs of an online audience, the course will allow students to practice digital writing for a variety of professional fields, ranging from business and technical communication to journalism, from public relations and marketing to creative writing. You should therefore be prepared to dictate much of your own focus in this course, in terms of subject and content.

Required Texts:

-The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media, edited by Marie-Laure Ryan, Lori Emerson, and Benjamin J. Robertson. Either the print or ebook version is fine.

Syllabus: 

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2016

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:

none

Marissa K. Landrigan, Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing, Spring 2016

Course Description:

An advanced writing course designed to hone creative nonfiction writing skills through extensive writing, workshop style peer critiques, and in-depth reading. Several of the sub genres of creative nonfiction will be studied and practiced: memoir, personal essay, nature writing, travel writing, science writing, biographical profile, and historical incident. Accurate description, scenic representation, and narrative framing will be among the technical devices considered. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or 0053.

Required Texts:

-Best American Science & Nature Writing 2015, ed Rebecca Skloot
-The Tarball Chronicles: A Journey Beyond the Oiled Pelican and Into the Heart of the Gulf Oil Spill by David Gessner
-On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
-A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka by Meera Subramanian
-Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
-Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Marissa K. Landrigan, Creative Nonfiction Writing, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the art and practice of creative nonfiction prose, including personal essay, memoir, and literary journalism. Students will explore the unique possibilities of the genre by reading and studying modern and contemporary authors, and composing and revising a variety of creative writing assignments. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present, edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone (TA)

Marissa K. Landrigan, Writing for Digital Media, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the basics of successful writing for a variety of online media. We will rhetorically analyze the particular needs of digital media including blogs, websites, various social media, and collaborative media such as wikis. Using a process-based approach, we will then practice crafting clear, concise prose, and shaping it to meet the needs of online readers. By analyzing how online communities organize, use, and distribute knowledge and information, we will evaluate and build digital stories that communicate simply and effectively. Since our focus will be on developing a rhetorical awareness of the needs of an online audience, the course will allow students to practice digital writing for a variety of professional fields, ranging from business and technical communication to journalism, from public relations and marketing to creative writing. You should therefore be prepared to dictate much of your own focus in this course, in terms of subject and content.

Required Texts:

None

Syllabus: 

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Professional Writing, Fall 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:

none

Marissa K. Landrigan, Writing for Digital Media, Fall 2014

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the basics of successful writing for a variety of online media. We will rhetorically analyze the particular needs of digital media including blogs, websites, various social media, and collaborative media such as wikis. Using a process-based approach, we will then practice crafting clear, concise prose, and shaping it to meet the needs of online readers. By analyzing how online communities organize, use, and distribute knowledge and information, we will evaluate and build digital stories that communicate simply and effectively. Since our focus will be on developing a rhetorical awareness of the needs of an online audience, the course will allow students to practice digital writing for a variety of professional fields, ranging from business and technical communication to journalism, from public relations and marketing to creative writing. You should therefore be prepared to dictate much of your own focus in this course, in terms of subject and content.

Required Texts:

None

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2014

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:

-Imaginative Writing, edited by Janet Burroway, 3rd ed. Pearson Longman

Marissa K. Landrigan, Composition 1, Fall 2014

Course Description:

In this course, students study and practice the essentials of essay writing, with an emphasis on producing clear, correct prose.

Required Texts:

-Bring the Noise: The Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazine

Syllabus: 

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