Course Descriptions

Core courses are generally offered each semester.  A selection from each Area (I, II, and III) is offered each semester, and specific Area courses are generally offered in a two-year cycle. For additional information on upcoming course offerings, please contact the graduate director.  For a complete list of course descriptions, please visit the Writing Studies course catalog, located here.

Below please find the list of the Summer 2015 Writing Studies Course Offerings.

Summer I: May 18 - June 28, 2015
CRN 20487, ENG 646: Multimedia Storytelling (Area II)
Hours: Wednesdays 18:30-21:45 + online

During Summer Session I, Dr. Aimee Knight will join us from the Communications Department to teach Multimedia Storytelling. If you’re looking to expand your understanding of social media, digital design, and online storytelling, this is the class for you. Dr. Knight is the leading scholar on best practices in social media, and she heads up the innovative nonprofit consulting firm, Beautiful Social. Take this class if you have an interest in online publishing, developing your own website, working for a nonprofit, or showcasing your work in a digital environment. Multimedia storytelling is a hybrid course that meets once a week on campus, plus a second time online each week.

Summer II: June 29-August 9, 2015
CRN 20489, ENG 668: Creative Nonfiction (Area III)
Hours: Tues + Thurs. 18:30-21:45

During Summer Session II, WS alum Andrew Panebianco returns to the program as our first-ever teacher grad. Andrew is a dynamic instructor and passionate writer who completed an MFA in Creative Nonfiction after finishing our program. He is very involved in the Philadelphia writing community and has made a name for himself in the realm of competitive storytelling (read: story slams). By day, he works as a copywriter for a local advertising firm, developing material for TV, radio, billboard, and print ads. He blogs at – an invented dictionary blog. Take this class if you are interested in writing personal essays, learning about spoken-word narratives, participating in a workshop, and connecting to the local writing community.

Creative Nonfiction will meet twice per week on campus.



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