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  2. Professional Writing – Spring 2024
  3. Professional Writing Course Schedule – Fall 2023
  4. Writing with Artificial Intelligence

Recommended

  1. Academic Writing – How to Write for the Academic Community
  2. Credibility & Authority – How to Be Credible & Authoritative in Speech & Writing
  3. Citation – How to Cite Sources in Academic and Professional Writing
  4. Coherence – How to Achieve Coherence in Writing
  5. Coauthorship – How to Work with Coauthors
  6. Flow – How to Create Flow in Writing
  7. Kairos – How to Strategically Time Your Arguments for Impact
  8. Page Design – How to Design Messages for Maximum Impact
  9. Paraphrasing – How to Paraphrase with Clarity & Concision
  10. Professional Writing – How to Write for the Professional World
  11. Structured Revision – How to Revise Your Work
  12. Writer’s Guide – How to Improve Your Writing

All Topics

Citation – Types of Citation Styles in Academic & Professional Writing

  1. APA – Publication Manual of the APA: 7th Edition
  2. Attribution — What is the Role of Attribution in Academic andn Professional Writing
  3. Citation – Definition – Introduction to Citation in Academic & Professional Writing
  4. Citation Tools
  5. MLA – MLA Handbook, 9th Edition

Collaboration – What is the Role of Collaboration in Academic & Professional Writing?

  1. Coauthorship – How to Work with Coauthors
  2. Collaboration Tools – The Collaborative Tools You Need for Success on School Projects
  3. Conflict Resolution – How to Manage Conflicts & Keep Projects On Track
  4. Critique – A Research-Based Guide to Criticism in Academic & Professional Writing
  5. Peer Review – How to Make The Most of Peer Review
  6. Team Leadership – How to Be the Team Leader Everyone Wishes They Had
  7. Teamwork – Why Winning Teams Have It And How To Get It
    • Managing Group Projects

Design – The Visual Language That Shapes Our World

Related Concepts: Design Thinking; Infographic; Literacy; Venture Design; Semiotics; Visual Language

  1. Data Visualization – Information Visualization – The Art of Visualizing Meaning For Better Decision-Making
  2. Design Principles – The Big Design Principles You Need to Know to Create Compelling Messages
  3. Elements of Art – How to Leverage the Power of Art to Make Visually Compelling Documents
  4. Elements of Design – Master the Fundamentals of Visual Composition
  5. Page Design – How to Design Messages for Maximum Impact
  6. Universal Design Principles – How to Design for Everyone
  7. Usability – How to Research & Improve Usability
  8. Visualization – Visual Representation

Discourse

Related Concepts: Discourse Conventions; Rhetorical Analysis

  1. Causes & Effects
  2. Classification
  3. Comparison & Contrast
  4. Definition
  5. Description
  6. Discourse Conventions
  7. Exemplification
  8. Exposition
  9. Narration

Drafting – Composing – What is the Drafting Process?

Related Concepts: The Writing Process – Research on Composing

Editing

  1. Edit for Assignment Requirements
  2. Edit for Diction
  3. Edit for Sentence Structure
  4. Edit for Strings of Prepositional Phrases
  5. Edit Paragraphs
  6. Proofreading

Genre

  1. Annotated Bibliography
  2. Argument, Argumentation
  3. Autobiography
  4. Cover Letter, Letter of Transmittal
  5. Conclusions – How to Write Compelling Conclusions
  6. Dialogue – The Difficulty of Speaking
  7. Executive Summary
  8. Formal Reports
  9. Infographics
  10. Instructions & Processes
  11. Introductions
  12. Pitch
  13. Presentations
  14. Problem Definition
  15. Progress Reports
  16. Proposals
  17. Recommendation Reports
  18. Research Proposal
  19. Research Protocol
  20. Reviews and Recommendations
  21. Subjects & Concepts
  22. Summary
  23. Syllabus
  24. Team Charter

Grammar

  1. Mechanics
    1. Capitalization
    2. Punctuation
      1. Apostrophes
      2. Capitalization
      3. Colons
      4. Commas
        1. Phrases, Essential and Non-Essential Phrases
      5. Dashes
      6. Ellipses
      7. End Punctuation
      8. Hyphens
      9. Italics
      10. Parentheses
      11. Periods, Question Marks, Exclamation Points (End-Punctuation)
      12. Quotation Marks
      13. Semicolons
    3. Spelling
  2. Modifiers, Modification
  3. Parallelism, Parallel Structure, Parallel Construction
  4. Sentences
    1. Parts of a Sentence
      1. Independent Clauses, Dependent Clauses & Phrases
      2. Subjects, Verbs, & Objects
    2. Common Sentence Errors and How to Avoid Them
      1. Comma Splice
      2. Run-on Sentences
      3. Sentence Fragment
      4. Subject-Verb Agreement
    3. Sentence Patterns
    4. Sentence Structure – Syntax
      1. Coordination & Subordination
      2. Primer Sentences
      3. Subject-Pronoun Agreement
    5. Sentence Types
  5. The 9 Parts of Speech
    1. Articles
    2. Conjunctions
      • Coordinating Conjunctions
      • Subordinating Conjunctions
    1. Nouns
    2. Prepositions
    3. Pronoun – Guide to Writing with Pronouns
    4. Verbs

Information Literacy – Discerning Quality Information from Noise

  1. Archive – What Do Writers Need to Know About the Archive?
  2. Credibility & Authority – How to Be Credible & Authoritative in Speech & Writing
  3. Canon – Why is the Concept of the Canon So Important to Writers?
  4. Copyright
  5. Empathetic Information Literacy
  6. Epistemology – Theories of Knowledge
  7. Evidence
  8. Information Architecture
  9. Information Design
  10. Information Literacy Perspectives & Practices – ACRL Framework for Higher Education
    1. Authority is Constructed & Contextual
    2. Information Creation as a Process
    3. Information Has Value
    4. Research as Inquiry
    5. Scholarship as a Conversation
      [ See also Dialectics ]
  11. Information, Data, Content – Building Blocks Of The Digital Information Age
  12. Interpretation, Interpretative Frameworks
  13. Text, Intertextuality
  14. The CRAAP Test

Invention

  1. Commonplaces (Topoi)
  2. Conversations with Others
  3. Felt Sense
  4. Finding the Bunny: How to Make a Personal Connection to Your Writing
  5. Freewriting
  6. Heuristics
  7. Inner Speech – How to Trust Your Writerly Voice
  8. Preliminary Research
  9. Visual Brainstorming

Literacy

Related Concepts: Information Literacy

  1. 21st Century Literacies & Writing Studies
  2. Cognitive, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Competencies
  3. Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Quantitative Literacy
  6. Semiotics: Sign, Signifier, Signified
  7. Symbolic Communication
  8. Symbolic Systems
  9. Visual Language
  10. Visual Literacy
    1. Articles
  11. Writing

Mindset

  1. Growth Mindset
    1. Have Faith in the Writing Process
    2. Why Write?
  2. Habits of Mind – How to Foster Intellectual Growth
  3. Intellectual Openness
    1. Demystify Research Methods
    2. Demystify Writing Misconceptions
  4. Professionalism & Work Ethic
    1. Why Does Practice Matter?
  5. Resilience
  6. Self-Regulation & Metacognition
    1. Balance Believing with Doubting
    2. Develop Effective Writing Habits
    3. Establish a Comfortable Place to Write
    4. Overcome Discouragement
    5. Reading and Disruptive Emotions
    6. Play the Believing Game
    7. Play the Doubting Game
    8. Reading and Disruptive Emotions
    9. Scheduling Writing
    10. Why Does Practice Matter?
    11. Why Should I Keep a Writer’s Log?

Organization

  1. Organizational Patterns
    • Announcements, Signposting, & Organizational Theses
    • Causal Order
    • Chronological Order
    • Deductive Order, Deductive Reasoning, Deductive Writing
    • Given-to-New Order
    • Global Perspective – Rhetorical Perspective
    • Inductive Order, Inductive Reasoning, Inductive Writing
    • Local Perspective
    • Metalanguage
    • Spatial Order
    • Transitions – Transition Words – Transitional Phases
  2. Organizational Structures
  3. Paragraphs
    • Flow, Transitions, Coherence @ Paragraph Level
    • Paragraph Transitions
    • Sentence Order within Paragraphs
    • Topic Sentences & Paragraph Development
    • Unity @ the Paragraph Level
  4. Sentence Schemas

Planning – What Are the Dispositions and Planning Strategies of Successful Writers?

  1. Career Planning
  2. Planning Technical & Professional Documents
  3. Prewriting

Research

  1. Applied Research, Basic Research
  2. Research Ethics
    1. Human Subjects Research
    2. Informed Consent
    3. IRB (Institutional Review Board)
  3. Research Methodology
  4. Research Methods
    1. Empirical Research Methods
    2. Informal Research Methods
    3. Mixed Research Methods
      1. Customer Discovery
        1. Problem Scenarios
      2. Design Thinking
      3. Usability & User Experience Research
        [ See also Corpus Linguistics Analysis, A Bird’s Eye View of Writing; Usability and User Experience Research ]
      4. Venture Design
    4. Qualitative Research Methods
    5. Quantitative Research Methods
    6. Textual Research Methods
      1. Corpus Linguistic Analysis – A Bird’s Eye View of Writing
      2. Hermeneutics
      3. Literary Criticism
      4. Rhetorical Analysis
    7. Scholarship

Revision

Rhetoric – Exploring Its Definition and Impact on Modern Communication

  1. Rhetorical Moves and Academic Writing
  2. Rhetorical Reasoning
    1. Rhetorical Appeals
      1. Articles
        1. Beware of “Oh, that makes sense”: Ethos in Context
        2. Diplomacy, Tone, and Emphasis in Business Writing
        3. Ethos
          1. Fallacious Ethos
        4. Intrinsic Authority
        5. Logos
          1. Fallacious Logos
        6. Netiquette (Digital Ethics)
        7. Pathos
          1. Using Pathos in Persuasive Writing
        8. Rhetorical Appeals: An Overview
    2. Rhetorical Devices
    3. Rhetorical Modes
  3. Rhetorical Situation
    1. Audience Awareness – How To Boost Clarity in Communications
    2. Medium, Media
    3. Occasion, Exigency, Kairos – How to Decode Meaning-Making Practices
    4. Perspective – What is the Role of Perspective in Reading & Writing?
    5. Purpose – Aim of Discourse – Intention
      1. Research Question
      2. Thesis
        1. Articles
    6. Register
    7. Subject, Topic
    8. Text, Composition
    9. Writing Tools
    10. Writer, Speaker, Knowledge Worker
  4. Rhetorical Stance
    • Tone
    • Voice
      • How to Develop an Effective Voice, Tone, and Persona
  5. Rhetorical Theory – The Ultimate Tool for Effective Communication

Sharing – Publishing

  1. Student Voices

Style

Related Concepts: Audience – Audience Awareness; Discourse Community; Rhetoricity

  1. The Elements of Style
  2. Writing Style

The Writing Process – Research on Composing

  1. Discovering Your Unique Writing Process: A Guide to Self-Reflection
  2. Problem-Solving Strategies for Writers: a Review of Research
  3. The 7 Habits of Mind & The Writing Process
  4. The Secret, Hidden Writing Process: How to Tap Your Creative Potential
  5. The Ultimate Blueprint: A Research-Driven Deep Dive into The 13 Steps of the Writing Process

Writing Studies

  1. Communication Studies
  2. Composition Studies
  3. Professional and Technical Communication
    1. What is Workplace Writing or the Discipline of Professional and Technical Communication?
    2. An Overview of Professional and Technical Communication
    3. Cognitive, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Competencies
  4. Psychology & Writing Studies
  5. Rhetoric & Technology
    1. Why Study Rhetoric? or, What Freestyle Rap Teaches Us about Writing
    2. Research on Mindset & Intrapersonal Competencies
  6. Writers @ Work
    1. An Interview with Trent Hergenrader
    1. Interviews with Writers: Maureen Seaton
    2. An Interview with Stephanie Vanderslice