A consistent feature of an Antioch education is the role writing plays within academic study. Rather than tests and exams, Antioch students use writing to illustrate their complex understanding of new concepts.
In this way, writing becomes more than words on a page—writing becomes a “way of knowing,” a representation of the critical reflection engaged in learning. At Antioch University Seattle, we have developed course offerings in writing to support the writing growth and success of AUS students.
Courses are designed with the specific needs of Antioch students in mind, and courses geared for graduate students as well as undergraduates.
Current course offerings are listed below:
- WRTG 4000/6000: Writing Strategies Seminar (1): This writing seminar offers students a small group community of writers that supports the individual student’s writing in his/her academic program. Through structured, biweekly meetings with a faculty facilitator, students process their writing: from generating ideas to composing, from proofreading to revising.
- WRTG 4010/6010: Writing Seminar with Digital Storytelling (3/4): This writing seminar offers a small group community focused on the creation of digital stories that may complement efforts in an academic program. In this way, the digital story becomes another medium for academic inquiry. Through structured, biweekly meetings with a faculty facilitator, students engage in all aspects of the process and production of a digital story.
- WRTG 4040/6040: The Writing Process (3): Introduces students to the generative and recursive nature of reading and writing. Through critical reading and writing, students develop their writing and thinking skills. A critical understanding of the writing process develops as students learn to generate ideas, compose, proofread and revise for focus, support, organization and conventions.
- WRTG 4050/6050: Writing in Academic Contexts (3): Offers students a critical exploration of reading and writing intrinsic to the university. Students compose a variety of genres, from personal narratives to more formal, academic writing incorporating outside research. The writing workshop approach includes tutorials supporting their writing process, peer editing and successful revising and proofreading techniques.
- WRTG 4060/6060: Inquiry and Research (3): Emphasizes that writing and inquiry are both cognitive processes. Student-writers develop their understanding of their particular discourse community through critical, active reading, researching and writing, and integration of primary and secondary sources. They also explore a personal stance in relation to the material studied. Some sections also explore a personal stance in relation to material studied in an online writing community.
- WRTG 4070/6070: Technical and Professional Writing (3): Technical and Professional Writing examines the forms of writing required in professional, administrative and research contexts: from memos to grants and proposals, research writing and technical reports. This course includes more than mastering these forms of writing; particular emphasis is placed on understanding the rhetorical contexts for writing (subject, audience, ethics, context, and purpose).
- WRTG 4080/6080: Books by Hand (3): Provides students with models of the ancient craft of bookbinding while engaging in the writing of poetry and prose. The class will be approached as an “arts and crafts” workshop in which students develop a piece of polished writing and learn techniques of creating beautiful books.
- WRTG 4150/6150: The Personal Essay (3): Students engage in an examination of the essay as a genre while exploring their own narrative voices. This workshop-style course draws from coming-of-age experiences and life transitions for material. The course includes reading, weekly freewrites, shorter written assignments, and one complete personal essay.
- WRTG 4160/6160: Media Writing (3): This course engages students in critical understanding and deconstruction of the “rhetoric” involved in electronic media to define and explore the essentials for writing within modern media. From blogs to PSAs, across radio, print, and the web, writers practice composition for and study the patterns of consumption for each medium. Students compose an array of texts designed for on-line communication and learn techniques to get their work noticed.
- WRTG 4900/6900: Special Topics in Writing (3): Offers students a concentrated examination of a topic that reflects current issues related to writing and society. Some topics that might be explored are: Eco-writing, Writing Self as Story, Writing for Personal Growth, and Writing Supernatural Literature.
- WRTG 6100: Project Writing (1): Explores the complexities involved in researching, composing, revising and formatting the proposal, project paper, thesis or dissertation. Graduate students engage in careful examination of rhetorical strategies involved in researching and writing their terminal paper for a degree in their content area.
- WRTG 6110: Writing for Psychology (3): This course offers MA Psychology students a comprehensive experience in writing from and about research for the psychological discourse community. The class emphasizes critical reading & thinking, the development of technical & library skills as well as the integration of primary & secondary sources in graduate-level writing. Students will gain experience in composing in multiple genres requiring formal research.
- WRTG 7060: Writing for Psy.D. (3): Emphasizes that writing and inquiry are both cognitive processes. Student-writers develop their understanding of the psychological discourse community through critical, active reading, researching and writing, and integration of primary and secondary sources. They also explore a personal stance in relation to the material studied.
- WRTG 7000, 7010, 7020 (1 each) Writing Seminars, Psy.D.: Offer entering doctoral students a developmental experience in writing for an academic, psychological discourse community. These one-credit seminars are designed to meet students’ needs as they enter the program and support writing through their first two quarters of study. The class approaches writing and reading as cognitive processes and also reviews the conventions and style of writing in APA. Through sequential, one-credit writing seminars, students gain experience in composing in multiple genres requiring formal research in Psychology.
- WRTG 7900: Special Topics in Writing (1-5): Offers students a concentrated examination of a topic that reflects current issues related to writing and society. Some topics that might be explored are: Eco-writing, magazine/journal writing for specific audiences, writing as healing, etc.
Why take a writing class?
Joining a writing community helps support your written communication while engaging in the writing process with an expert mentor.
If I write pretty well, how would a writing class help me?
A writing class examines writing as a unique craft and content area, and so the faculty and class will engage in studying various aspects of composing and revising. This way, students will learn useful techniques for improving their own writing, no matter what their level.
I usually write in solitude; how would a writing class help?
First, don’t be the lonely writer separated and isolated from other writers! If “knowledge is a social construction,” then there are multiple benefits from writing and learning within a community of writers. Writing is also a “public” act in an academic community, so writing in isolation deprives you of an audience who can provide rich support. Finally, most professional writers share their work with others to get much-needed feedback that enhances their writing and their skills.
Does a writing class focus on grammar and punctuation?
As artifices of written communication, grammar and punctuation (as well as spelling and other conventions) are discussed. However, they are usually addressed in relation to the piece of student writing and as they relate to proofreading and revising.
Five Reasons to Take a Writing Class:
- A writing class helps support your written communication while engaging in the writing process with an expert mentor.
- A writing class relieves isolation and brings you into a student community of writers from all programs.
- A writing class encourages the writing process rather than a product-driven modality.
- A writing class will offer you a structured environment in which to practice the craft.
- A writing class will teach you everything you’ve always wanted to know about writing, such as:
- Thesis statements
- Integrating research
- Developing your voice
- Methods of developing ideas
- Strategies to increase readability
- Genres and academic writing
- Audience awareness
- Format, punctuation and grammar
Elizabeth Burke is a skilled professional with 25 years of project management, strategic planning, coaching, facilitating and consulting experience. She holds a master’s from Antioch University Seattle and specializes in work with organizations wanting to revitalize themselves and pursue creative new endeavors and individuals wishing to grow beyond their current horizons.
Carolyn Hall graduated from the Evergreen State College and earned her teaching certificate and master’s degree in education/human development form Pacific Oaks College. She is also an alumna of the Hedgebrook Writers Community. She is a writer, has published short stories and currently has two novels in process. She is also a jewelry designer. She taught for many years in the Seattle Public Schools, winning the Washington State Excellence in Education award in 1987. She has also been a faculty member in the AUS School of Education, teaching literacy and classroom management courses. She is a guest presenter at The Richard Hugo House and an adjunct professor of Integrated Studies at Cornish College of the Arts. At AUS, she teaches a variety of writing classes, from the personal essay to developmental writing.
Evan Peterson holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. His teaching philosophy is based on the idea that students do best when they feel confident in their ability to fulfill assignments, demonstrate skills/knowledge, and continue learning and growing. He creates a classroom environment win which support, honesty, vulnerability, and humor combine to foster each student’s growth in skill and knowledge.
Rachel Kunert-Graf holds a PhD in English, with a certificate in Film and Media Studies, from the University of Washington. She has taught courses in writing, literature, and cultural studies at the UW, Université Paul-Valery, Shoreline Community College, and Antioch University. Her dissertation addresses representations of historical persecution in graphic narrative. Her interest in the ways cultural texts, including literature, film, and other media, can confirm and/or challenge systemic oppression motivates her scholarship and her teaching.
Rebecca Rauve Davis holds a Ph.D .in English Literature with a Certificate in Theory & Criticism from the University of Washington, and earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Purdue University. She has been teaching literature, composition and fiction writing for the past 12 years. Before coming to Antioch, she worked with psychology and sociology students in the UW’s interdisciplinary writing program. She is particularly interested in the intersection of narrative and identity, and in the power of language to affect conscious states.