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ENGL 477 P - Advanced Environmental Writing

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Introduces students to the challenges of "turning data into narrative." With a focus on students' professional development as writers, this course emphasizes the research and rhetorical skills required to communicate current scientific research in earth and environmental science through non-fiction narrative forms--the investigative essay, long-form journalism, personal memoir, and op-ed--aimed at a general audience. Course Information: Same as ESE 477. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit.

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Description: Scale is one of the main challenges of environmental writing in the twenty-first century: how do we write about planetary issues like climate change, mass extinction, sea-level rise, and environmental injustice without overwhelming our audiences (and ourselves)- Our class will approach these problems by writing about environmental issues at local, regional, national, and global scales. Students will produce writing across a range of genres, including newspaper reports, op-eds, and longform narrative, while practicing professional skills like interviewing, historical research, and pitch letters.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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