ENG 301: WRITING FOR THE PROFESSIONS

In this ENG 301 class, my goal was to help students gain knowledge not only of the genres of professional writing, but also some of the power dynamics that can occur between customer/employee and employee/supervisor. Beyond this, we worked on elements of good document design and persuasive business writing. Their Business Correspondence project asked them to write correspondence in response to situations such as an upset customer, and an e-mail to a boss informing them that a team member was not pulling their weight. The employment project focuses on the resume and cover letter. Students also create a job skills inventory from which they can design their resume as well as a rhetorical analysis of a job advertisement. Our course wiki asked students to put into place good organizational skills, team working skills, and online writing principles to use as they summarized information from our class. Finally, the Grant Proposal project asked students to pick a grant, scholarship, or graduate school application and create all the necessary application materials. At a minimum, students were asked to write an application letter and a personal statement. Each student presented on their application essays, treating the presentation as a 5-minute pitch to a board who would be judging the applications.