Current Courses

Spring 2019: Current Courses




Fall 2018: Current Courses 


WRD 225: 001 Craft Writing: Writing Bourbon/Rectifying Writing

Professor Fernheimer                                White Hall Classroom Bldg 209                    T/R 11:00-12:15

Sign up for WRD 225 to learn Bourbon’s multicultural backstories and how to write about Bourbon!

This course introduces students to Kentucky's iconic Bourbon history and heritage and the many minorities--Jews, African Americans, Japanese, Irish, and other ethnic immigrants who participated in its development.  Students will gain familiarity and practice in the genres of Bourbon writing. Additionally, students will be introduced to primary sources including the Kentucky Bourbon Tales and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Jewish Kentucky Bourbon oral history collections as well as the Schenley Distillers Corporation materials in UK's Special Collections and Resources.


Autobiographical Composition: Small Writing

WRD 402

Fall Semester 18

Dr. Joshua Abboud

T / R 12:30am – 1:45pm

When we find ourselves in life situations of grieving, stress, or even crisis writing can become a refuge or the furthest thing from our minds. But even when we are not actively writing for an overt purpose we still produce bits of texts that can tell a story of our experiences in those difficult moments. Small Writing will focus on the pieces of mundane writing that we produce even during times when we resist writing, but nonetheless leave a trace of ourselves alongside those life experiences.                                            


Hollywood Eats Itself 

Honors/WRD 410-001

Fall Semester 18

Dr. Thomas Marksbury

T / R 11:00 am  – 12:15 pm

From the beginning, Hollywood has been self-conscious about the lure of its often destructive and always reflexive mythology.  What could be more natural than cannibalizing itself for source material?  Movies about movies seem to revel in their own dark glamour, daring us to believe that only Hollywood would dare to show the rest of us back in flyover country what a special circle of hell Hollywood really is.  We will be thinking about genre and gender, industry and Art, Cold War paranoia, the food chain of producers, actors, directors and writer, celluloid immortality and virtual death, with comic mayhem and tragic hijinks along the way. 

Films run from the ur-text A Star is Born to such noir classics asSunset Boulevard and In A Lonely Place to revisionist approaches like Barton Fink and The Player, culminating in such recent deconstructions as Mullholland Drive and Tropic Thunder.  Books include The Day of the LocustSuspects, and Zeroville.

Expect loads of content, a little theory, lively discussion, two 7-9 page essays, two exams, and a final creative project.



Fall 2018 | MWF 10-10:50

Professor Beth Connors-Manke

One of the most flexible genres in English, the essay is more than that paper you wrote for class last semester. It’s a tried and true genre for writers who want to explore their lives and the world. The essay is an approach to viewing the world, and a type of intellectual movement. In the preface to his Collected Essays, Aldous Huxley describes the essay as “a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything. . . . Essays belong to a literary species whose extreme variability can be studied most effectively within a three-poled frame of reference. There is the pole of the personal and the autobiographical; there is the pole of the objective, the factual, the concrete-particular; and there is the pole of the abstract-universal.” In order to understand how those three poles interact, we’ll be reading and writing essays, practicing and analyzing the various aspects of style alive in the genre. Students should be prepared to live and think as an essay writer during this course. So, buy a notebook and start looking around.


WRD 410:001 Comics and Resistance

Professor Fernheimer

T/R 2:00-3:15

Since their popular circulation in the early twentieth century, comics have served a vital function for marginalized groups. They have provided a vehicle for both rescue (a la the Superhero) and resistance.  In this course students will learn about the creation of comics and long-form graphic narrative and the ways they have helped to circulate narratives that interrupt the status quo. We will read comics about resistance, learn to interpret and critique them, as well as how to create our own narratives of resistance. Selected texts may include Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Joe Sacco’s Palestine, John Lewis’s trilogy March, Miriam Libicki’s Jobnik, Miriam Katin’s We Are on Our Own,  Leila Abdelrazaq’s Baddawi, and the recent film The Black Panther.






Spring 2017

[General WRD Courses]

These courses meet requirements for the WRD

major and minor.


WRD 130-001 – Writing Comics (8 weeks)

Rachel Elliot | MW 3:00–5:30


WRD 130-201 – Style & Grammar (8 weeks, online)

Judith Gatton Prats


WRD 210 – Social Media: Theory, Culture, Politics,


Michael Pennell | TR 12:30–1:45

UK Core: Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities


WRD 300 – Introduction to WRD

Jenny Rice | TR 9:30–10:45

Required for all WRD majors & minors


WRD 324 – Writing Center Peer Tutoring

Judith Gatton-Prats | MWF 12:00–12:50



[Professional and Technical Writing]

These courses meet requirements for the WRD

major, minor, and PTW minor.


WRD 203 – Business Writing {multiple sections}


WRD 204 – Technical Writing {multiple sections}

WRD 203 & 204 fulfill GCCR for certain majors.


WRD/ENG 301 – Style for Writers

Brandy Scalise | MWF 12:00–12:50


WRD 304 – Writing in the Social Sciences

Katherine Rogers Carpenter | TR 2:00–3:15

Lauren Cagle | TR 3:30–4:45

Required for majors in Political Science


WRD 306 – Intro to Professions in Writing

Michael Pennell | TR 2:00–3:15


WRD 310 – Writing in the Natural Sciences

Lauren Cagle | TR 9:30–10:45

Brandy Scalise | MWF 10:00–10:50

Required for majors in Chemistry


WRD/ENG 405 – Editing English Prose

Beth Connors-Manke | MWF 11:00–11:50


WRD 408 – Digital Composing

Sharon Yam | TR 12:30–1:45


[Special Topics Courses]

These courses meet requirements for the WRD

major and minor.


WRD/ENG 401-001 – Jewish Graphic Novel

Janice Fernheimer | TR 9:30-–10:45


WRD/ENG 401-002 – Conspiracies, Hoaxes, &


Jenny Rice | TR 11:00–12:15


WRD 410-001 – Rhetoric & Popular Culture:

Rhetoric of Horror | MWF 10:00–10:50


WRD 410-002 – Rhetoric & Popular Culture: The

New Television | MWF 1:00–1:50

Tom Marksbury


WRD 422 – Public Advocacy: Snapshots of the 20th


Beth Connors-Manke | MWF 12:00–12:50

UK Core: Community, Culture, & Citizenship


WRD 430 – Advanced Workshop: Senior Project

Joshua Abboud | MWF 9:00–9:50

Required for WRD majors; fulfills GCCR


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