ENG-625: Independent Study: Emphasizing the Long Project in Professional Writing

12 credit hours

After successfully participating in the ENG-624 residency, students begin ENG-625: Independent Study: Emphasizing the Long Project in Professional Writing. The student and assigned mentor create an Independent Study Plan that creates assignments that familiarize the student with different modes of professional writing and also include assignments that reflect the student’s career goals. These writing assignments may include promotional materials, corporate communications, writing for nonprofits, developing speeches, conducting interviews, writing profiles, and writing scripts for promotional films or podcasting. Other assignments may be included with the mentor’s permission. During the independent study, students submit five packets to their mentors, at scheduled intervals, containing a cover letter, a specified amount of material that includes new and revised work, and short critical essays. The mentor replies to each student’s packet on an individual basis. The coursework for ENG-625 culminates with the presentation of the long project portfolio. Students who have made satisfactory progress but wish more time to finalize their projects may enroll in ENG-627. Students submit midsession and end-of- independent-study evaluations, and a cumulative bibliography of books and scripts read.

Prerequisites: ENG-624 and permission of Program Director or Associate Program Director