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Each of the links below show class projects completed by WRTC majors. Come explore some of the amazing things WRTC students are doing!

WRTC 484: Writing for Nonprofits
Spring 2020

Students in Elisabeth Gumnior's Writing for Nonprofits class worked on helping the local nonprofit Gemeinschaft Home--a transitional facility for individuals released from incarceration--enhance their social media presence and prepare their 35th-anniversary publication. The students produced content that will help Gemeinschaft Home differentiate itself from other non-profits in order to appeal to donors, become an easily relatable organization in the community, and become a Thought Leader on issues connected to social and criminal justice. The Coronavirus pandemic notwithstanding, the students learned about the importance of fully engaging rhetorical skills in the service of vulnerable populations. Their projects reflect both the passion and compassion generated throughout the semester and against many odds.

WRTC 426: Special Topics: Prison Writing
Fall 2017,  Fall 2019

Students in professor Sarah O'Connor's special topics course build on the work of students enrolled in previous semesters to produce a podcast called Second Chance. This podcast highlights the community work of formerly incarcerated persons who are doing something exceptional in their communities. Students learn interviewing techniques, recording methods, and website design principles to edit and publish interviews Professor O'Connor has conducted over the past several years. 

WRTC 354: Document Design
Fall 2019

Students in professor Cynthia Martin's Document Design class this fall learned a range of skills using a variety of software applications. Examples of student work include personal branding, flyer design for a client, feature spreads, newsletters and data visualization. 

WRTC 434: Advanced Popular Writing
Fall 2019: Soundwriting

As a topics-based course, WRTC 434: Advanced Popular Writing offers students a different experience each time it is offered. In the fall semester of 2019, Professor Scott Lunsford offered a new take on the subject: Soundwriting. Throughout the semester, students learned audio recording and editing techniques using online audio sources such as music, sounds, and interviews as they explored composing with and through sound.  

WRTC 420: Feminist Rhetorics 
Fall 2019

Students enrolled in WRTC 420: Feminist Rhetorics (also cross-listed as SCOM 420 and WMST 420) gained valuable and marketable experience archiving the four-day conference that drew over 500 participants to JMU and Harrisonburg. While conference goers were learning about and engaging in DIY feminism through a variety of scholarly presentations and hands-on workshops, students enrolled in the class were busy collecting artifacts, snapping photos, and conducting interviews. 

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