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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Capstones from 2019

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Reset, Victoria M. Banks

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The Rhetoric of Substance Use Disorder, Morgan Carter

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The Support Needed for Spouses of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survivors: An Exploration into Resources and Reference Materials, Brigitte Espinet

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Rosa: Interactive Active Graphic Narrative as a Tool for Teaching about Human Trafficking, Jennifer Jackson

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Teaching the Sun as Simile: Bringing Nature into Language Arts Middle School Classrooms, Stormy Kage

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Recovering Grace: How One Man's Religious Movement Turned into a Homeschool Cult, Kathryn Knight Harper

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Thinking outside the Toolbox: A Teaching Resource for Vocational Writing, Dustin Ledford

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Welcome Guide: Onboarding Guidebook for Hannah Michelle Photography, Hannah Lozano

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Without Them, Maryann Lozano

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Dee: A Feature Length Drama, Laura Angelyn McCarter

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Ballot Readability and Plain Language, Roger Poole

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Exploring My Unique Literacy Experiences as a Ukrainian American Emerging Scholar through Autoethnography, Diana Prokopiev

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The Talus, Carol Roddenberry

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The Divine Double Voice: How Female Christian Rhetors Found Rhetorical Agency through the Voice of God, Cara Ryfun

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Digital Literacy in the Workplace Begins in School: A Research Study on Digital Information Literacy Pedagogies for FYC Classrooms, Ashley Shaw

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Mezze A Collection of Short Stories, Leata Thomas

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Mezze: A Short Story Collection-in-Progress, Leata Thomas

Marketing Information: Using Grounded Theory Methods to Understand Advertising and Content Marketing through the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, Rhonda White

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Hot, Fiery, Fierce, Burning, Passionate: The Story of John Fry and Ardent Studios, Zack Zoeller