"Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.”
Amercan novelist, Don DeLillo
Author Don DeLillo names eloquently the role of writing in personal identity. The ability to write a clear, concise well-organized essay is also key to academic success. That's why all the degree and certificate programs at Clatsop Community College include some sort of writing requirement. Luckily, Clatsop has excellent full time and adjunct writing faculty and a variety of course offerings to help any writer, at any level, find success writing for academics and/or personal fulfillment. Students will need to complete a Compass placement test to effectively choose where to begin their writing career at Clatsop. Writing students of all levels may benefit from the free individual tutoring offered through CCC's Writing Center.
The descriptions below review course offerings which include a developmental writing course (WR 40) to help students brush up on their writing skills; English composition courses (WR 121, WR 122, WR 123), which review basic grammar and teach the formal essay in a variety of forms; a technical writing course (WR 227); creative writing courses including poetry writing (WR 242), creative nonfiction (WR 240), fiction (WR 241) writing children's books (WR 249 ); and our literary publications course (WR 270), which selects and publishes the manuscript for CCC's award winning RAIN Magazine.
WR 40 ENGLISH FUNDAMENTALS 3 Credits
Students write descriptive, narrative, and expository paragraphs and essays to improve organization, coherence, sentence control, mechanics, and usage. Students review issues of grammar and mechanics through workbook and oral practice. No Prerequisites. This class is for students who have a COMPASS writing score below 42 or need practice before enrolling in WR 121. Offered each quarter.
WR 115 INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING 3 Credits
Students study a variety of rhetorical situations, the contextual appropriateness of language, the individual and collaborative nature of the writing process, and the beginning of critical inquiry. Prerequisite: WR 40 or COMPASS score of 70-78. Offered each quarter.
WR 121 ENGLISH COMPOSITION – EXPOSITION 3 Credits
Students read and write essays to explore the writing process, investigate the essay form, and improve thinking, reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: Writing COMPASS placement of 79 or above or equivalent. Offered each quarter.
WR 122 ENGLISH COMPOSITION – ARGUMENT 3 Credits
Students will write essays that logically argue a thesis and effectively respond to outside texts. Throughout the course, writing will be approached as a process that includes guided discussion to generate ideas, prewriting, drafting, revision and finally careful proofreading. Assigned readings will require students to analyze, summarize, and synthesize secondary sources addressing a variety of issues. Prerequisite: WR 121. Offered each quarter.
WR 123 RESEARCH WRITING 3 Credits
Students write extended essays developed with ample and thoughtful research. After formulating a formal research question, students learn to use efficient research tools and effective search strategies to locate and evaluate print and electronic sources. Approaching writing as a process, students learn to use summary, paraphrase, analysis and synthesis to integrate secondary research into original arguments and exposition, making certain to effectively document sources to avoid plagiarism. Offered each quarter.
WR 227 TECHNICAL REPORT WRITING 3 Credits
Students experience the types of technical writing required in the professional environment, gain proficiency in writing applicable to their employment goals, learn to ethically incorporate research into a technical document, and become familiar with the protocols of technical documentation. Offered each Spring quarter.
WR 240 CREATIVE WRITING – NONFICTION 3 Credits
Students will explore the conventions and techniques of creative nonfiction writing: personal essay, memoir, reportage and more through a variety of formal and informal writing assignments. Approaching writing as a recursive process that includes invention, drafting, revision, and finally careful proofreading, students will engage in workshop-style critique sessions of their own and other students' work. Prerequisite: WR 121 or instructor approval. Offered alternate Spring quarters.
WR 241 CREATIVE WRITING - FICTION 3 Credits
Students write short stories or novel chapters and read and critique short stories written by members of the class and published authors.
WR 242 CREATIVE WRITING - POETRY 3 Credits
Students explore the techniques and conventions of poetry by reading and writing poetry with or without meter, rhyme, or stanzas and critique poems written by members of the class and major historic and contemporary poets. Oral presentation of published poets will encourage students to examine the origins of aesthetic traditions, placing the craft of poetry in a historical and cultural context. Offered every other Fall quarter.
WR 249 WRITING CHILDREN’S BOOKS, 3 Credits
Students learn the techniques of writing for children: choosing an appropriate topic, creating vivid characters, using visual imagery, editing for young readers, and determining age appropriateness. Students will write fiction, non-fiction, and poems, and will design a picture book. Offered each Spring quarter.
WR 270 LITERARY PUBLICATIONS, 3 Credits
Students learn the fundamentals of editing a professional literary magazine. Students develop a philosophy of editing and, through active participation in publishing a college literary magazine, develop an understanding of the principles and procedures of editing and publishing using discipline appropriate technology.Through manuscript selection process, students will be required to read and critically respond to written texts and artwork, exploring the conventions and techniques of various creative expressions.
Offered each Winter quarter.
Students with questions about any of these writing classes should visit the Arts & Letters Faculty Suite in Towler 305. There they will find the full time writing faculty's offices along with posted daily office hours.
Or, to read more about each of our faculty, please visit the English webpage.