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Writing Program

At Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), we teach writing as a craft and work with students at all levels of expertise. Whether you are working to satisfy composition requirements for your degree or are looking to hone your skills through creative writing courses, our mission is to help you build confidence in your writing and enhance your ability to express rich ideas thoughtfully.

A certain degree of writing proficiency is required in nearly every professional endeavor, and you'll have the opportunity to study with instructors who provide a unique approach to the fundamentals of written English that you'll need to succeed in your chosen career.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
WR 115 Introduction to Expository Writing 4

Introduces college level skills in reading critically, exploring ideas, and writing. Covers composing essays which support a thesis through structure appropriate to both thesis reader, and covers revision for clarity and correctness. Prerequisites: (Placement into WR 115 or completion of WR 90) and (placement into RD 115 or completion of RD 90). Audit available.

WR 121 English Composition 4

 Introduces academic writing as a means of inquiry. Employs critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121, or completion of WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

WR 122 English Composition 4

Continues the focus of WR 121 on academic writing as a means of inquiry with added emphasis on persuasion and argument supported by external research. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate original positions. Emphasizes development of writing and critical thinking through logical reasoning, rhetorical control, independent research and information literacy. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit available.

WR 227 Technical and Professional Writing I 4

Introduces technical and professional communications. Students compose, design, revise, and edit effective letters, memos, reports, descriptions, instructions, and employment documents Emphasizes precise use of language and graphics to communicate complex technical and procedural information safely, legally and ethically. Prerequisites: WR 121, basic computer literacy, and intermediate word processing skills. Audit available.

WR 241 Creative Writing - Fiction 4

Focuses on writing short fiction for class discussion and analysis in a workshop setting. Explores the techniques, styles, and structures of the writings of established authors, as well as the creative writing process from development of an idea to revision of a manuscript. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

WR 242 Creative Writing - Poetry 4

Focuses on the writing and submitting of poetry for class discussion and analysis in a workshop setting. Introduces the techniques, structures, and styles of established poets. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

WR 243 Creative Writing - Script Writing 4

Focuses on writing and submitting theater and film scripts for class discussion and analysis. Studies established writers for techniques, structures, and styles. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores.

WR 244 Advanced Creative Writing - Fiction 4

Extends the introduction to the craft of fiction started in WR 241. Explores the creative writing process from development of an idea to revision of a manuscript. Introduces the techniques, structures, and styles of established writers. Prerequisites: WR 241. Audit available.

WR 245 Advanced Creative Writing - Poetry 4

Extends the introduction to the craft of poetry in WR 242. Includes additional practice in writing poetry and critiquing work of peers in a workshop setting. Prerequisite: WR 242. Audit available. 

WR 246 Advanced Creative Writing - Editing & Publishing 4

Emphasizes development of craft while introducing basics of editing others' manuscripts and preparing them for publication in a variety of forms, including an annual student literary magazine. Prerequisites: (WR 240, 241, 242 or 243) and (WR 244 or 245) or instructor permission. Audit available.

WR 247 Advanced Creative Writing - Scriptwriting 4

Focuses on writing and submitting both drama and screen scripts for class discussion and analysis, as introduced in WR 243. Continues the study of established writers for techniques, structures, and styles. Includes lecture, small group activities, and conferences. Prerequisite: WR 243 and its prerequisite requirements; or instructor permission. Audit available.

WR 90 Writing 90 3

Instruction includes sentence structure, paragraph and essay development, and written expression. Students can expect to increase working vocabulary and improve skills in basic communications. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 90 and RD 90. Audit available.

WR 90C Writing 90C 3

Includes instruction in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, essay development, and critical thinking skills. Improves basic writing skills by learning to use simple and complex sentences in developing a good essay, and by developing critical thinking skills that are used in the writing process. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 90 and RD 90. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Kristen Booth Kristen Booth Writing Instructor kbooth@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Andrea Golts Andrea Golts English, Writing Instructor andrea.golts@gmail.com (541) 506-6031
Leigh Hancock Writing Instructor lhancock@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Jennifer Hanlon-Wilde Jennifer Hanlon-Wilde Writing Instructor jwilde@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Tom Kaser Tom Kaser English/Writing Instructor tkaser@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6180
Nan Noteboom Nan Noteboom English and Writing Instructor nnoteboom@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Chauna Ramsey Writing Instructor cramsey@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Tim Schell Tim Schell
Literature and Writing Instructor
Department Chair
tschell@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6171
Scott Stein Scott Stein English & Writing Instructor sstein@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Kristie Towell English & Writing Instructor ktowell@cgcc.edu (541) 806-1295
Andrea Ware Writing & Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor aware@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Amanda Webster English, Writing Instructor mwebster@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031