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Writing minor features changes for Fall 2010

Posted on Mar 17, 2010

As UW-Superior students register for the Fall 2010 semester, they'll encounter several changes in the university's Writing minor.

The minor is now part of the new Writing, Reading and Library Science Department. Faculty used the move as an opportunity to create several new writing courses and re-examine the program's requirements, said Dr. Maureen Salzer, associate professor and coordinator of first year writing.

Students registering for writing courses will find them listed under a new WRIT course code instead of the ENGL code used for English courses.

Among the minor's new courses are two "craft" courses: Writer's Craft: Poetry and Drama and Writer's Craft: Fiction. These courses are not literary studies but instead focus on writing techniques and strategies.

 Other new courses include Nature Writing and Women's Autobiography. The program also includes courses in creative writing in fiction, non-fiction and memoir, rhetoric, persuasive writing, and business and professional writing. Salzer describes most of the writing courses "studio courses" that feature a lot of opportunities to write, revise and collaborate with other writers.

Salzer said the minor's updates are responding to student needs, and part of an ongoing effort to make the program useful for everyone.

"Any student can benefit from a writing course. We're trying to develop a minor that will be valuable to a wide range of students," she said.

Salzer noted that the writing program attracts students from all academic areas. Students who can read critically and write well can get things done on the job and even do better on job applications. "Employers like to know their employees have experience in writing," she said.

UW-Superior students benefit from the breadth of the faculty's experience. They can study fiction writing with award-winning author Dr. Tony Bukoski and poetry with award-winning poet Bart Sutter. Salzer and Yvonne Rutford are experienced in teaching the business and professional writing course, and Dr. Deborah Schlacks lends her considerable experience to teaching persuasive writing.

Most students enrolling in the writing courses are enthusiastic about writing, but faculty members also see their share of reluctant writers. Salzer said faculty try to "demystify" the work of writing. Students write a lot in the courses, but they spend a lot of time working with other students as well as revising and rewriting their work rather than handing in every item for a grade. Salzer calls it "a workshop approach."

"I think of myself as their editor and guide," she said. "They're working with each other and learning from each other. We're always willing to work one-on-one with students, and often they'll work with the Writing Center as well."

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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