ENSP 1060: Public Speaking [3]

Margaret Gardiner, Instructor

Through theoretical instruction and practice, students will learn to prepare and deliver public presentations. We will learn techniques for handling speech anxiety, analyzing your audience, organizing and composing an effective argument, and improving diction, projection, and delivery. We will also be discussing the difference between oral and written style in language, the role of the body in public speaking, and how to achieve specific goals in speeches: speaking to inform, to persuade, to commemorate. We will begin every class period with physical, vocal, and relaxation exercises. Grades will be based on class attendance, participation, and the preparation and delivery of two 6-8 minute presentations. Our goal is neither to memorize nor to read these speeches, but to learn the art of extemporaneous delivery, where a carefully prepared and rehearsed speech may seem to arise spontaneously in the moment.

ENWR 3559: Contemporary Flash Fiction: Theory and Practice [3]

Elizabeth Denton, Instructor

Flash fiction (very short stories) is an increasingly visible genre—as distinct from the short story as the short story is from the novel. We will examine the genre historically, critically and ultimately in terms of craft.   Accomplished writers in the genre tend to have the poet's interest in language and tend to use language rather than character development to power narrative.  Students interested in taking the class should have a strong interest in reading and writing stories as well as a strong interest in language.  Students will write and revise their own flash fiction pieces.