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Introduction to Professional Writing

Course NumberENG 214
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Introduces students to genres unique to professional writers, such as review writing, grant writing, freelance writing, and magazine writing, and will highlight issues of marketability. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate the ability to produce clear, effective writing.
  1. Identify the differences between general grammar rules and the guidelines specific to professional writing.
  2. Analyze an audience.

Properly write a review.
  1. Identify and apply the difference between summary and critique.
  2. Analyze the audience.

Properly write a grant proposal
  1. Identify and apply the skills and techniques needed for organizing and writing a full-scale, formal grant request and a follow-up grant report.
  2. Understand and apply writing in connection with preliminary proposal planning.
  3. Understand the philosophies and strategies in project idea development.
  4. Understand the methods for finding funding sources.

Properly write a freelance piece.
  1. Demonstrate ability to research appropriate markets.
  2. Write a query letter with proposal.
  3. Understand ownership of publication rights.

Work with other classmates in a group environment.
  1. Demonstrate the critical thinking skills required of a professional.
  2. Work at a mature level in small (interpersonal) groups, particularly to solve problems.
  3. Demonstrate the group process skills required of a professional.

Understand the publishing of writing.
  1. Demonstrate general familiarity with a computer word processing system.
  2. Demonstrate publication editing in both copy editing and publication design.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and application of design principles and skills.
  4. Understand basics of copyright and libel laws.
  5. Understand e-publication.

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