Undergraduate Prof Writing & Publishing
2023 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.
THE GRAMMAR OF STANDARD WRITTEN ENGLISH
This is a course in the grammar of relatively formal and planned written English. We will review a vocabulary for talking about the structural choices that are available to writers of English, and use this vocabulary to practice analyzing and constructing sentences and parts of sentences. The course is meant primarily for people whose professional plans include writing or editing.
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.
WRITING FOR THE WEB
Writing for the Web is designed to survey the many forms of online writing, focusing on community contributions, blogs, Web pages, Wikis and writing for the Web in students' particular academic disciplines. Students will examine each of these forms' conventions, create and contribute to such texts, and reflect upon the cultural significance of those forms.
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.