Writing as Encounter (WR 100)
In this class, students will explore the relationship between reader and writer. Writing is often described as a solitary pursuit, yet we write to be read by others. The act of writing then, is not a retreat but an encounter, the author calling out to an audience, whether real or imagined. The class will ask: to whom do we write, and why? How do perceptions of similarity and difference, closeness and distance, influence our ways of thinking and being in the world? As a community of writers, we will work to participate in creative, intellectual exchange. We will explore writing as a way of connecting, affirming that critical thinking, reading, and writing are never accomplished in isolation.
Professor Helen Hofling is a writer, editor, and teacher. She received a BA in philosophy from Vassar College and an MFA in creative writing from The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review, the Columbia Review, Electric Literature, Epiphany, Fugue, New South, Passages North, Prelude, and elsewhere. She is a member of the PEN Prison and Justice Writing Committee and serves as a poetry judge for their annual writing competition. She teaches in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland.
Media Writing (CM 201)
In this course students will learn basic story writing skills that can be applied across communication fields, including journalism, digital media, public relations and advertising. Students will explore what news is, how to interview effectively and how to distinguish fact from opinion or fiction. Students will learn how to tailor their messages in advertising campaigns, to social media platforms and how to direct their messages to the media in press releases. Students will also be introduced to some basic grammar rules in communication fields through the Associated Press Stylebook. Students will also explore some of the ethical issues facing news journalists, advertising executives and public relations professionals today. The graded assignments are intended to give students practice in writing for a variety of communication outlets.
Professor Jenny Glick joined Loyola University Maryland's Department of Communication in the fall of 2017. She teaches Media Writing, News Reporting and Writing, Public Speaking, Multimedia Storytelling and Radio Storytelling. She is also an award-winning veteran news reporter who works as a part-time anchor/reporter for WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C.
Mary Ellen Wade, Associate Director of Messina, earned her Master's in Higher Education Administration from Rowan University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Wilmington University. In 2020, Mary Ellen received the Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Mary Ellen is originally from Southern New Jersey and her interests include painting, hiking, and traveling.
This course pairing is recommended for students considering a Communication major or minor. The Writing course satisfies a core requirement for all students. Students not majoring or minoring in Communication will receive elective credit for CM 201.