Fall 2018

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

Course Description

This course provides an introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an artist who writes essays, short stories, and poems. You will also do a lot of reading. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion!

I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions, your writing.

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:

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your creative work for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)
• paper and pen for in-class writing and notetaking (and hopefully journaling outside of class time!)

Syllabus: 

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

Course Description

This course provides an introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an artist who writes essays, short stories, and poems. You will also do a lot of reading. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion!

I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions, your writing.

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:

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your creative work for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)
• paper and pen for in-class writing and notetaking (and hopefully journaling outside of class time!)

Syllabus: 

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

Course Description

This course provides an introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an artist who writes essays, short stories, and poems. You will also do a lot of reading. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion!

I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions, your writing.

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:

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your creative work for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)
• paper and pen for in-class writing and notetaking (and hopefully journaling outside of class time!)

Syllabus: 

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

Course Description

This course provides an introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an artist who writes essays, short stories, and poems. You will also do a lot of reading. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion!

I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions, your writing.

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:

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your creative work for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)
• paper and pen for in-class writing and notetaking (and hopefully journaling outside of class time!)

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Composition 1, Fall 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.

Required Texts:

• Patterns for College Writing, Kirszner and Mandell, ISBN: 978-1-319-10667-6
• In Conversation: A Writer’s Guidebook, Palmquist and Wallraff, 978-1-319-06300-9

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and your will be required to print the essays you complete for this class)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Playwriting, Fall 2018

Course Description:
This is a beginning course in writing for the stage.

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

We will read published plays and talk about how they are constructed.

Some class time will be devoted to generating ideas and raw material for your plays and then workshopping your plays towards perfection. You will also be encouraged to offer tactful, constructive, and encouraging criticism to your classmates when they submit drafts of their plays for workshop.

I hope you help me create an environment in which we feel free to make mistakes, take chances, and be brilliant.

Required Materials:
• Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays, Land and Shengold (1997)
• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communications from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your plays for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)

Syllabus: 

Leland K. Wood, Feature Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is intended to contribute to a process that could result in the highest level of professional-level reporters and free-lancers by providing experience and examples of the journalism’s highest forms. It can serve as a “polishing” course for students with relatively extensive journalistic writing experience or as a journalistic writing introduction for students with no experience.
At a minimum, the course is to provide a foundation upon which students can critically analyze journalistic writing, and improve his or her writing . Students should develop fundamental skills necessary for good writing – conception of presentations; gathering presentation information, including conducting interviews; and practicing good writing that considers the use of each and every word. Also, students learn to meet a deadline.
The Worlds of Knowledge learning outcomes for the course for Aesthetic and Creative Expression include a demonstration of knowledge and understanding of human expression, analysis of aesthetic and creative work and creative work in written media.
The classes for this course meet from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Room 251 Biddle Hall.

Texts:

The texts for this class are Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories edited by David Garlock; The Art and Craft of Feature Writing by William E. Blundell; and Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular by Rust Hills. You should purchase these books. Also, you should have, or you should purchase, the latest edition of the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.

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Leland K. Wood, Reporting 1, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is intended to provide a beginning in a process that could result in professional-level reporters by providing experiences and a theoretical basis for both the gathering and writing of news. The course emphasizes practical experience by covering a township's supervisors' (note the use of apostrophes) meeting. Classes for the course are held from 6 to 8:40 p.m. Mondays to coincide with meetings of the Richland Township Board of Supervisors, the Richland Township supervisors for our references and, on second reference, the township supervisors or the supervisors. Classes are held both in Room 222, Biddle Hall, and in the supervisors' meeting room at the township municipal building at 322 Schoolhouse Road.
The township meeting agenda of issues should direct students to story ideas outside their worlds and their conceptions of news. Most recently, the supervisors approved plans to convert Hometown Bar and Grill along Scalp Avenue into a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and the demolition and rebuilding of the Burger King along Scalp Avenue..
Students should develop fundamental skills necessary to good writing – conception of presentations; gathering information for the conceived presentation, including conducting interviews; and practicing good writing that considers the use of each and every word.
The writing skills developed will provide evidence of the student’s professional training that is applicable to the student’s presentation of himself or herself in any kind of writing, not just “newspaper” writing. The skills developed will identify the student as a professional, capable to produce words professionally in any platform, including “new” or “social” media. Associated Press style will be followed. Also, students learn to meet a deadline, sometimes under the more extreme pressure of writing on the spot. Such spot writing capabilities are essential for presentations in faster new mass media platforms, such as Web and Twitter presentations.
The course is intended to meet learning outcomes in the World of Society and Civics by students demonstrating knowledge of the importance of civic engagement and the organizations of civic institutions and the World of Aesthetic and Creative Expression by students creating work in a written media.

Texts:

- News Reporting and Writing, latest edition, by Melvin Mencher
- Associated Press Stylebook

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Leland K. Wood, Introduction to American Journalism, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is intended to provide a basic survey of American journalism. It is
designed to provide the beginnings of an historical, theoretical and ethical framework for those who wish to pursue a journalism career and for those whose role will be limited to consuming news. It is intended to provide an
understanding of American journalism to develop a critical eye. A significant portion of the course will be taught in a history context outside readings.

The class is intended to meet learning outcomes in the World of Society and Civics by explaining collective human behavior from political, psychological, sociological and other perspectives.

Text:

Four Theories of the Press by Seibert et al

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Susan M. Wieczorek, Medical Communication, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This experiential learning course is designed to increase student knowledge and awareness of how communication skills directly affect medical outcomes, satisfaction, and overall health. It seeks to teach communication theory and methodology as it relates to the unique context of the medical relationship. It then attempts to apply this knowledge to situations and relationships specific to each student’s past experiences and future professional goals. In short, this course seeks to help students apply knowledge discovered through research, discussion, observation, and analysis to this ever changing and expanding, interdisciplinary field in an effort to improve patient care and overall health outcomes.

Vitally important to the perspective of this course is the desire to see health communication not only from the perspective of the professional but from that of the patient as well. This is a multidisciplinary course that values multiple, inter-locking perspectives. Again, the goal is to improve awareness and understanding of the entire process of medical communication. To know how to facilitate effective medical outcomes, all parties must be willing to share in the skill building and application of the fundamental communication principles discussed throughout this course.

The primary goal is a practical one. The success in acquiring this goal and teaching others how to do the same depends upon the determination and commitment of each individual participant.

Required Text:

Theodore A. Avtgis and Polack, E. Phillips. Medical Communication: Defining the Discipline. 2nd Ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2017.

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