Undergraduate Prof Writing & Publishing
2023 Spring 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.
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.
The course will survey the function of the editor in planning and developing a major publication. The course examines different editorial roles, gives an overview of publishing processes, and focuses on acquiring texts, developing the author-editor relationship, organizing and restructuring texts, checking facts, and developing production specifications.
This course focuses on exploring career paths related to professional writing and publishing, learning industry-standard design software, and building an integrative professional portfolio.
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.