Introduction to Professional Writing

Michael W. Cox, Introduction to Professional Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description:

In this introductory-level course you will learn how to structure and develop writing in and about the profession you wish to pursue when you graduate from college. Proper grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling, and formatting will be expected and clear writing required; stylish prose will be encouraged within these bounds. Classroom instruction, careful attention to the professional samples, various written exercises completed during class time, and one on one conferences will help you learn the basics of professional prose. You will complete five out-of-class assignments that will focus on writing for print or for an online audience. You will also write in the classroom on occasion, to demonstrate your understanding of professional forms of writing.

Required Texts:

A few short primary readings will be handed out in the classroom; others will be available on Courseweb. You will need to print these and have them ready in the classroom; we’ll be looking closely at formal expression in these documents, so be ready to look at sentences, paragraphs, and images. We will also work with material in The Elements of Style, a guide to clear, concise writing used in professional settings. You should compile information for your assignments through a variety of methods: reading, observing, interviewing, and analyzing. You will be directed to sources that will help you research your profession and the kinds of writing you will regularly encounter.

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study “real world” examples of professional writing.

Suggested Materials:

* reliable access to a computer and the internet and a Google account
* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
* reliable access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Professional Writing, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study “real world” examples of professional writing.

Suggested Materials:

* reliable access to a computer and the internet and a Google account
* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
* reliable access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study “real world” examples of professional writing.

Suggested Materials:

* reliable access to a computer and the internet and a Google account
* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
* reliable access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Michael W. Cox, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2017

Course Description

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the Web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study "real world" examples of professional writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

Some short primary readings will be handed out in the classroom; others will be available on Blackboard. We will also discuss material from Writing on the Job (WOTJ), a Norton pocket guide available at the UPJ bookstore.

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Professional Writing, Fall 2016

Course Description:

This course offers an introduction to several forms a writer is likely to encounter in the fields of journalism, public relations, or advertising—or any job that values good writing and creative, professional expression.

You will read and examine exemplary models of: film reviews; journalist profiles; press releases; ad proposals; blogs; and formal emails. You will then compose original work in each of these forms.

Toward the end of the semester, you will hone your revision skills by submitting a substantial reworking of either your film review or your journalistic profile.

Suggested Materials:

- A binder or other organizational method to contain our numerous handouts and readings.

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the Web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study "real world" examples of professional writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

none

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Professional Writing, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the Web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study "real world" examples of professional writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

none

Michael W. Cox, Introduction to Professional Writing, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the Web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study "real world" examples of professional writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Writing on the Job (WOTJ), a Norton pocket guide

Michael W. Cox, Introduction to Professional Writing, Fall 2014

Course Description:

This course introduces students to several forms of professional writing, such as review and profile writing, public relations and marketing writing, and writing for the Web. Students will compose, revise, and edit their own texts and also read and study "real world" examples of professional writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Writing on the Job (WOTJ), a Norton pocket guide

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