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Writing at Pitt-Johnstown

Students looking to enhance creativity or develop marketable skills can take advantage of the Writing minor at Pitt-Johnstown.  The Writing Department provides students with opportunities to enhance their communication skills and write more proficiently.  The Writing minor, like most minors, consists of 18 credits which are broken down into professional and creative styles.  The minor allows students to engage in a serious minor that offers a challenging addition to their chosen major. 

What Writing classes are available?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Writing courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Writing course descriptions, click here

This course offers students an introductory study of the written arts. Through the close reading of modern and contemporary texts and guided experimentation in a variety of genres (e.g., poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction), students will examine, explore, and discuss the creative process. Class may be taken by freshman English writing majors. 

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the Web.  Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study "real world" examples of professional writing.

This intermediate writing course will teach students writing strategies for online media across a range of professional fields such as business and technology, journalism, public relations and marketing, and creative writing. Students will analyze the particular needs of digital media, including blogs, hypertext websites, social media, and collaborative media (e.g. wikis), and then apply that knowledge to shaping clear, concise prose for a digital audience.
Through writing exercises, close and extensive reading of modern and contemporary poetry, and intense revision of their own poetry, students will be introduced to the forms, elements, and techniques of poetry writing. 



Pitt-Johnstown Writing Faculty

Dr. Michael W. Cox, Coordinator of Professional Writing
230A Biddle Hall, (814)-269-7159
  • Associate Professor of Writing
  • MA, Organizational Psychology, University of Chicago
  • MA, Creative Writing, University of Florida
  • PhD, English Literature, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Author of Against the Hidden River (Mammoth Books, 2013)
  • He has published short stories, essays, and critical articles in such venues as Passages North, Salt Hill, South Asian Review, the New York Times Magazine, Best American Essays, and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction.
  • He teaches Fiction, Nonfiction, and Professional Writing. He has more than a decade of full-time work experience in business and in health care research.

Ms. Marissa K. Landrigan
233B Biddle Hall, (814)-269-7148

  • Assistant Professor of Writing
  • MFA, Creative Writing and Environment, Iowa State University
  • She has published essays and commentary in such venues as Orion, Guernica, Creative Nonfiction, and Gulf Coast.
  • She teaches Nonfiction and Professional Writing and she has had several years of work experience as a publishing journalist and as a teacher of writing.

Dr. Eric Schwerer, Coordinator of Creative Writing
223A Biddle Hall, (814) 269-7138
  • Associate Professor of Writing
  • MFA, Poetry, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • PhD, Creative Writing, Ohio University
  • Author of Whittling Lessons (published by Finishing Line Press)
  • Author of The Saint of Withdrawal (Custom Words Press, 2006)
  • His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Fence , Northwest Review , Elixir , Third Coast , The Journal , Quarter After Eight , and the Laurel Review.

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Last Reviewed: January 18, 2012