Distance learning only
The Mass Communication Foundations (MCF) +4: Writing course builds on the basic writing skills student learned in MCF. Students will learn and apply elements of non-fiction writing and storytelling techniques to write engaging narratives to further overall DoD themes and messaging objectives. Using a student-centered writer’s workshop format, students will develop and foster the writing skills needed to communicate themes through non-fiction stories. To ensure they have credible information, students will also learn and apply research methods, interviewing and reporting techniques.
Students will focus on consistently following the writing process and developing sustainable writing skills. Instruction includes case studies, mini-lessons, and active writing sessions infused with frequent discussion, coaching and feedback, editing time, and revision sessions designed to improve students’ writing skills. They will practice writing clearly and concisely with emphasis on story purpose and concept, narrative organization and structure, and applying techniques such as drawing an audience into a narrative, identifying and creating character and story arcs, and delivering satisfying conclusions. The course culminates with students writing a non-fiction narrative to engage an audience in support of DoD messages and commander’s intent.