The Master of Arts in Professional Writing program (MAPW) is a professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing, and the arts. Coursework in three concentrations applied writing, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing allows students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in various fields of professional writing. As students become experienced in producing and analyzing business, technical, journalistic, and creative texts, they develop a sophisticated understanding of style, structure, and audience. MAPW students will become writing professionals who can move in many directions during their careers. They will become flexible writers who can tune in to the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting their writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts.

What is the MAPW Capstone Project?
A project designated as a thesis, portfolio or practicum and accompanied by a rationale for its purpose and design that involves electronic and/or print media and is relevant to the student’s concentration in professional writing. After submitting an approved capstone proposal, the candidate works under the direction and advice of two faculty members to produce the project. The candidate must submit the capstone project at least two weeks before either 1) a discussion about the project with the faculty committee, or 2) a public presentation about the project or a reading from the project for an audience of faculty and peers.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Running into a US Education, Tulasi Prasad Acharya

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Expressive Writing: A Technique for Improving Communication in Individuals with Autism and Related Disorders, Taryn G. Aldrich

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Editing an Anthology: Editing, Publishing & Blogging, Jessica R. Allgaier

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Sweetwater Blues, Raymond L. Atkins

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The Dirt Road: A Collection of Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction, Cindy Bee

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Maxwell's Suitcase, Peter Bein

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Quilts as Visual Texts, Marcia Inzer Bost

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Social Networking in Collegiate Public Relations, Leon Bracey

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Stepping Stones, Rebecca Brewer

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The Lost, Jano R. R. Donnachaidh

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Brigantia Equestrian, Sara D. Endres

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Braceros: A Novel, Vanessa H. Fardin

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Writing Center Outreach: What it is and Why it Matters, Christine B. Ghattas

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Digging For The Rock Man: A Biography, Andy Hall

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Nephilim: A New Age, Beverly M. James

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A Change of Heart, Fawn Jones

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Glimpses of Truth, Sally Kilpatrick

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Fresh, Frugal, and Fabulous: A Woman's Guide to Cooking with Life, Tricia Mahoney

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The Fertile Dark, Jacob M. Martin

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Boiled Down, Sara Meyer

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Empire's Ghosts, Ashley Phillips-Tirey

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Stonefingers, Chris Prince

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Songs of Expansion, Blake Ray

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The Facebook Story, Brittany Rowland

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D. Brian Peterman: One Man’s Service in the Coast Guard, Liza Scales

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Write Poetry: A Biography of American Poet Walter Griffin, Lawrence Sterne Stevens

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Wildly Unpopular and Totally Inappropriate, Katherine Tippins

Tales of a Wannabe Nomad, Logan Troutman

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False Obligations, Heather Tullis

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

The Problem with Marriage, Rebecca Abbott

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Life: The Work of a Hospice Chaplain, Matthew Alexander

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Northbound: An Insight Into Latino Immigrants Living in the Unites States of America, Yahira Arizaleta

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Bond PR and Brand Strategy: An Exploration into the World of Web 2.0, Jennifer S. Bond

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On The High, Jarmea L. Boone

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Damn Legs: A Memoir, Eric Todd Bussard

Beyond the Black: Poems and Stories, Katrina Carmichael

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Exploring Masculinities in the United States and Japan, Susan Sims Cochran

South of the South: A Collection of Short Fiction and Poetry, David Dresner

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Daughter, Mother, Sister: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors and Their Families, Gina Gareri-Watkins

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A History of Women at Georgia Tech, Keshia Gibson

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Capstone Portfolio, Rita Giménez

Planning a Best Practices Guide for PTO Today, Emily Graham

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Sheltered by Strangers: The Story of Kenya’s Orphans, Bethany Bishop Griggs

Equilibrium, Jamie Grimes

Learning to Talk: a memoir of questionable accuracy, Patricia Henritze

Surfacing: A Collection of Fiction, Poetry and Screenwriting, Kimberly Hill

Road to Delphi, Brittney S. Holland

A Writer's Portfolio: The Intrinsic Connection between Drafting, Designing, and Communicating, Sarah Louise Johnson

Giving Them A Voice: Improving Student Writing Through Service Learning, Kasey Carty Jordan

Preparing Students to Write In and Across Disciplines: A Case Study and Course Design, Emily Kagey

Picking Noses in Russia: A Proposal for a Memoir, Vanessa Knauf

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Doing It Write: Professionalizing The Write Room, Joellen Kubiak-Woodall

An Introduction to Altitude, Sean Leary

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The Summer of Change: A Memoir, Jaime Luckey

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Pilgrimage, Jennifer L. Mason

Adventures in Bellydancing, Lauren Murrah

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There Are Other Worlds than These, Jessica L. Nettles

My Sullen Art, Sara Register

The Creation of AtlantaTableHopper.com: A Practicum in Applied Writing, Andrew G. Schmidt

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A Thousand Crowns, Brent Schnee

Before We Knew That Things Could Break, Bernhard A. Schneider

Yes, Black Girls Eat Sushi, LaShelle Turner-Gaston

Twenty Extra Pounds and a Divorce, Jessica Uhrinek

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Technical Writing for Software Documentation Writers: A Textbook on Process and Product, Elizabeth Warnke

Web 2.0 and the Classroom., Rochelle Spears Wilson