Danielle M. Williams


FAS 1302: Writing in the Age of Digital Media
ENG 1302: Thinking & Writing
ENG 1304: Thinking, Writing & Research
ENG 1310: Writing & Academic Inquiry Seminars
ENG 2301: British Literature
ENG 3300: Technical Writing
ENG 3309: Creative Nonfiction
ENG 3318: Professional & Workplace Writing
ENG 4321: New Media Writing & Rhetoric

Course Descriptions

FAS 1302: Writing in the Age of Digital Media

This course explores the relationship between personal and public uses of digital literacies, focusing on the potential of digital writing as a means for community involvement. Utilizing an array of traditional and digital rhetorical tools, students gain experience in composing expository essays about and multimodal projects for different audiences in the local community. This introduction to composition and digital media aims to prepare students to communicate effectively by employing the unique means of persuasion available to them in an age of visual argument and participatory social media.

ENG 1302: Thinking & Writing

This first-year writing course emphasizes the rhetorical principles necessary for writing in academic, personal, and public contexts. Students composed projects in a number of genres, including critical analyses, creative nonfiction essays, and persuasive essays.

ENG 1304: Thinking, Writing, & Research

The second class in a first-year writing sequence, English 1304 focuses on the relationship between critical reading and writing in an academic context and the writing of a series of argumentative essays, including a formal research project. Assignments foster the ability to read source material carefully and critically; to evaluate information and arguments; to respond in discussion and in writing to a variety of sources; to represent sources fairly and accurately through summary, paraphrase, and quotation; and to incorporate and document sources appropriately in your own writing. Furthermore, the course emphasizes an essential part of writing and research: learning to cultivate a sense of curiosity in order to ask the kinds of questions that make research meaningful.

ENG 1310: Writing & Academic Inquiry Seminars (Upcoming in Fall 2020)

English 1310 is a themed research writing course that provides a forum for students to discuss, analyze, and create nonfiction texts to develop the writing abilities, research skills, and rhetorical knowledge necessary for academic, personal, professional, and civic pursuits. Students compose and revise three major research-based essays, culminating in an oral presentation of their semester-long area of inquiry. Current course themes include happiness & human flourishing, foodways, music, technology & innovation, contemporary feminisms, and advertisements.

ENG 2301: British Literature

Spanning a range of British literature, ENG 2301 introduces the essential tools of literary study: paying close attention to the details of the text in order to trace a theme or image, to examine the construction of character, to recognize tone or style, and to understand how all these things contribute to the meaning and experience of a story. Ultimately, though, our main objective will be to grow as critical thinkers and writers by moving beyond these observations into clear arguments so that we can translate our private engagement with a text into something that can be shared: talked about, written about, and in that way, deepened.

ENG 3300: Technical Writing (Upcoming in Summer 2020)

English 3300 is an advanced writing course designed to meet the needs of students who are preparing for careers in engineering, scientific, technical, business and writing professions. The course emphasizes rhetorical concepts such as purpose, audience, style, and situation as well as strategies for planning, organizing, designing, and editing technical and professional communication. Specific assignments include professional correspondence, reports, proposals, technical definitions and descriptions, and instructions. As part of the work of this class, students prepare technical documentation on the repair of broken devices for the online community iFixit.com and participate in a community-based writing project for a local nonprofit organization.

ENG 3309: Creative Nonfiction (Upcoming in Spring 2021)

English 3309 is a writing workshop course in which students engage with the forms, concepts, and craft of creative nonfiction (CNF) so that they can translate personal experience and research into effective written works. A central objective of this course is to give students experience writing a range of CNF subgenres (e.g., personal essays, memoirs, personal reportage essays, and lyric essays). In preparation for these writing tasks, students discuss applicable skills such as scene writing, characterization, description, symbolism, structure, and point of view. By analyzing and employing the techniques used in CNF, this workshop aims to provide students with meaningful opportunities to employ writing practices and research techniques used to compose texts for popular media outlets.

ENG 3318: Professional & Workplace Writing (Upcoming in Fall 2020)

English 3318 emphasizes the study and practice of professional writing in workplace contexts. Students will practice managing projects, analyzing client needs, applying principles of visual rhetoric and design, and producing a variety of workplace documents. As part of the work in this class, student teams will partner with a local community organization or school to produce professional materials such as brochures, flyers, videos, and social media posts. Students will also create a digital portfolio that includes a resume and other documents that showcase their work as professional writers.

ENG 4321: New Media Writing & Rhetoric (Upcoming in Spring 2022)

ENG 4321 is a workshop course designed to develop your skills in composing in multiple modes and media for different audiences, purposes, and situations. Though “new media” seems to denote only the most current and bleeding edge technologies, what counts as “new” changes and evolves at a rapid pace. In this course, we will primarily focus on composing our own video- and audio-based essays and creating print-based texts using new media tools. You will compose an episode of a podcast, design a print and social media campaign using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, craft a digital story, and compose a website page to publish your work online.