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UW TACOMA
Division of Culture, Art and Comm
WRITING INSTRUCTION

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TWRT 111 Discourse Foundations (2)
Helps improve academic writing skills. Students must enroll concurrently in another writing course. Teaches reading skills to comprehend and analyze complex texts, review and analyze grammar structures as they appear in academic writing, and build advanced vocabulary skills. Credit/no-credit only.
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TWRT 112 Introduction to Academic Writing (5) C
Continues introduction to the principles of argument, including critical thinking, analytical reading skills, and research and writing skills needed for academic writing. Also covers skills for managing the writing process and how to transfer learning to other disciplinary contexts of writing.
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TWRT 200 Introduction to Creative Writing (5) VLPA
Introduces several genres and explores the creative writing process and terminology of imaginative expression.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 200 (student access only)

TWRT 211 Argument and Research in Writing (5) C
Focuses on writing critical analyses of texts in the arts and sciences. Emphasizes close reading, critical thinking, and developing well-supported arguments as well as advanced library research skills. Stresses managing the writing process so that good work can be produced within given time constraints. Prepares students for upper-division writing tasks. Prerequisite: minimum 2.0 grade in either TWRT 112, T CORE 101, or ENGL 131; may not be taken if credit earned for TCXG 272.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 211 (student access only)

TWRT 291 Technical Communication in the Workplace (5) C
Teaches objective-oriented and audience-centered communication for the workplace, while focusing on key genres of technical communication - reports, proposals, manual, and document design - essential for success in the professional world. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 2.0 in either T CORE 101, TWRT 112, TWRT 211.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 291 (student access only)

TWRT 330 Written and Visual Rhetoric (5) VLPA
Explores the principles and practices of written and visual rhetoric to learn to employ both effectively in print-based and electronic texts. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in TWRT 211.
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TWRT 331 Writing in the Natural Sciences (5) VLPA, C
Studies communications and rhetorical principles for sharing scientific knowledge in professional meetings with other scientists and with general audiences. Focuses on three most common genes: scientific paper (including literature review and abstract writing), research proposal, and scientific poster. Prerequisite: a minimum grade 2.0 in either TWRT 211 or TWRT 291.
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TWRT 350 Principles of User Centered Design (5) I&S
Explores the philosophy and process for developing solutions to design problems, including technical systems such as software applications and communication projects such as websites. Develops skills to identify and solve design problems through research, testing, and analysis. Recommended: TWRT 291.
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TWRT 355 Usability Testing and Research (5) I&S
Explores the concept of usability and research methods related to the evaluation of information and communication products as part of the user-centered design process. Develops skills to design and conduct usability studies, analyze results, and make recommendations. Prerequisite: TWRT 291.
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TWRT 365 Literary Editing and Publishing (5) VLPA
Explores practices of literary editing, magazine design, and literary small press publishing. Readings examine history, aesthetics, funding, promotion, layout, and other issues faced by literary journals in print and in emerging online media. Student assignments reflect practices of literary editors. Recommended: one course each of upper division writing and literature. Credit/no-credit only.
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TWRT 370 Poetry Writing (5) VLPA
Introduces students to the craft and process of poetry writing from initial draft to advanced revision. Explores current writing styles, poetic forms, and various aesthetic issues. Students discuss craft, assigned writings, and share work with other class members. Recommended: courses in upper-division writing and literature.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 370 (student access only)

TWRT 380 Introduction to Fiction Writing (5) VLPA
Introduces the process and techniques of fiction writing. Readings familiarize students with various writing styles and strategies of other writers. Students discuss craft, the assigned readings, and share work with other class members. Recommended: TWRT 200.
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TWRT 382 WRITING POPULAR FICTION (5) VLPA
Teaches students to write popular fiction. Explores questions of narrative, characterization, action, form, formula, and code in popular genres. Uses primary and secondary texts to study mystery, romance, spy thriller, western, horror, and science fiction. Emphasizes peer review, revision, assessment, and reflection as methods of producing excellent written work.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 382 (student access only)

TWRT 387 Creative Nonfiction Writing (5) VLPA
Builds narrative and descriptive skills in several genres of creative nonfiction, including the personal essay, feature articles for general trade magazines, or the literary essay. Includes reading of models and writers' workshops to provide feedback on drafts. Recommended: TWRT 200.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 387 (student access only)

TWRT 431 Writing for Social Change (5) VLPA, C
Analysis and development of texts designed to influence public opinion and advocate for social causes. Includes volunteer work in a nonprofit agency and writing for that agency. Prerequisite: a minimum 2.0 grade in either TWRT 211 or TWRT 291.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 431 (student access only)

TWRT 440 Cross-Cultural Communication Design (5) I&S
Examines issues that affect communication from global and local perspectives including the role culture and technology play in human interactions. Discusses the research and practices that writers and designers need to consider when internationalizing and localizing information products. Explores techniques and skills to develop effective communication products.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 440 (student access only)

TWRT 450 Principles of Accessible Design (5) I&S
Explores accessibility barriers, standards, and guidelines for designing products and processes such as self-service kiosks and websites. Develops skills to solve accessibility problems through video ethnographies of barriers, apply automated and adaptive technology tools for testing and analyze data for devising solutions. Prerequisite: TWRT 291; TWRT 440.
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TWRT 464 Teaching Writing (5) VLPA
Studies theories and practices of writing education and the history and challenges of writing assessment. Explores learning communities. Emphasizes pedagogical questions of social class, ethnicity, multilingualism, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and nationality. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either TCXG 272, TWRT 211, or TWRT 272.
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TWRT 470 Advanced Poetry Writing (5, max. 10) VLPA
Builds upon foundational skills in writing both traditional and contemporary poetry. Includes reading of models and writers' workshops to provide feedback on drafts. Students develop a portfolio of polished writing by the end of the course. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in TWRT 370.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 470 (student access only)

TWRT 480 Advanced Fiction Writing (5, max. 10) VLPA
Builds upon foundational skills in fiction writing such as dialog, narration, theme, language, and character. Includes reading of models and writers' workshops to provide feedback on drafts. Students develop a portfolio of polished writing by the end of the course. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in TWRT 380.
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TWRT 487 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (5, max. 10) VLPA
Builds on beginning creative nonfiction skills in several genres: personal or lyric essay, literary journalism, the nonfiction "short", or prose poetry. Includes reading of models and writers' workshops to provide feedback on drafts. Students develop a portfolio of polished writing by the end of the course. Prerequisite: TWRT 387.
MyPlan Course Details: TWRT 487 (student access only)

TWRT 499 Advanced Topics in Creative Writing (1-5, max. 15) VLPA
Builds on beginning creative writing skills. Includes reading of models and writers' workshops to provide feedback on drafts. Students work on developing a portfolio of published writing.
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