Undergraduate Prof Writing & Publishing
2022 Fall Term
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FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL WRITING AND EDITING
Students will be introduced to current practices in and theories behind what makes a good professional writer/editor, attending to context, purpose, and the needs of various audiences.
CRITICAL WRITING IN MULTIMEDIA CONTEXTS
In this course, students will learn to conceptualize, structure, and produce analytical writing in multiple forms within digital contexts. Since such contexts are often multi-modal--layered with visual images as well as sound--instruction will include the analysis and appropriation of the visual and auditory in critical writing.
STYLE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
Introduction to analysis and revision of texts for their style by a) assessing the rhetorical situations of these texts and b) becoming conversant and widely accepted principles and categories of style. Focus is on stylistic concerns such as clarity, coherence, cohesion, emphasis, concision, shape, and elegance.
TOPICS IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING
Variable topics course that will focus on particular subsets of professional writing, editing, or rhetorical analysis relevant to these fields. Topics might include discourse analysis, argumentation, technical editing, content strategy, translation studies, or writing and editing for specific fields (e.g. science, medicine, environmental studies, etc.).
WRITING IN THE SCIENCES
Instruction on the nature of writing in the sciences, including features of scientific genres and strategies for producing effective texts.
TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING
Students will learn a rhetorical approach to producing common technical and professional writing genres, such as memos, reports, technical descriptions, and instructions. This course addresses practical skills of professional and technical style, as well as ethics, data visualization, and user experience in international contexts.
This is an advanced writing course on the genre of the proposal, pairing students with clients to produce a grant. The course benefits students who will write proposals for their own work as well as students who wish to add the proposal genre to their portfolio of professional writing skills.
INTERNSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING/EDITING
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Professional experience, as available, for suitably prepared students wishing to make careers in professional writing and/or editing. Repeatable for a maximum of six credits in degree.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.