This class will focus on enhancing writing skills needed for communicating with academic and popular audiences. During the first session, students will study the art of composition, with an emphasis on improving writing projects typically associated with the effective dissemination of community resource materials, manuals, position papers, etc. Students will study the art of effective and accurate editing. Regarding the latter, students will edit an unedited version of a journal entry that is part of a novel - written by the Instructor - and published by the University of Hawai'i Press. During the second session, students will shift their focus to creative writing. They will create a credible protagonist, do a variety of effective creative writing exercises, and hold weekly readings of their work. They will write flash fiction pieces, after which they will convert one of their pieces into a treatment - the precursor to a film script.
Students can register for 4 credits first or second session, or take the full session for 8 credits.