ENG522 Writing in Nonacademic Settings

Beginning with the spring 2012 semester, Dr. Susan Katz will offer ENG522 Writing in Nonacademic Settings for all English Department graduate students interested in a course that involves a work experience component.

All students will complete a 120 hour practicum in a local organization in a position relevant to their career goals. In addition, students will attend class once per week, read and discuss assigned articles, and complete several written assignments.

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • recognize the problems and practices of writers and writing in a variety of nonacademic settings
  • identify issues in writing in nonacademic settings
  • critically analyze published accounts of workplace writing
  • demonstrate an understanding of the differences between academic and nonacademic writing
  • describe personal workplace experience and skills
  • identify personal strengths

The course will cover the following topics:

Transitioning from academic to nonacademic settings (6 weeks)

  • Writing for a living
  • Preparing for work
  • Writing for different audiences
  • Workplace review vs. academic review
  • Identifying personal strengths
  • Using career resources

Writing with others (5 weeks)

  • Developing/sharing power and authority
  • Establishing personal identity
  • Writing collaboratively
  • Editing
  • Ghost writing

Workplace culture (4 weeks)

  • Understanding communities of practice
  • Identifying cultural constraints
  • Connecting text and context
  • Using technology

Interested students should contact Dr. Susan Katz for further information