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 2022

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Wildwater, Will Amato

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Dark Legends, Aneka Bailey

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REFLECTIONS, Kiera Baity

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Miss Hartwright's Most Terrifying Tale: A Novel, Kevin Bomely

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Key Steps and Strategies for Successful Revision in First-Year Composition, Maura Bowden

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All the Clawed Feet of Winged Gods, Samantha Casto

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Toward a More Humane Public Policy: How the Humanities Can, and Should, Inform the Creation and Analysis of Public Policy, Eric Celler

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Courier of Souls, Brian Cochran

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LOVE IN THE OORT CLOUD, Rebecca Connelly

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Midnight Tarot Pulls, Fern Conte

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A Wellbeing@KSU Journey: MAPW Portfolio, Meghan Cooper

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Shout Me Home, Tyra Douyon

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A Year Underwater: A Collection of Essays, Victoria Fontenot

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The Cycle of Book Publishing through a Queer Lens, Aly Gilmore

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The Progression of African American Representation in Film and Television, Kyra Hammond

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Queering Composition: A Language for LGBTQIA+ Perspectives in First-Year Writing Instruction, Ian Hatcher

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What Made the Writer Emerge?, Jasmine Jones

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Spelmanite Soldiers, Kiahna Kuykendall

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Digital Storytelling in Higher Education: An Analysis of Production Practices, Meagan Lowney

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Tiptoeing through the Tulips at Seventy: A Memoir, Fran Miele

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The Wishgrant, Mezi Mulugeta

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The Genre Writer's Portfolio, John Nelson

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Batter: A Creative Writing Portfolio, Hannah Newman

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Unclean and Unforgivable, Cindy Pope

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Breaking the Silence: Forgotten Stories in the Mental Health Field, Crystal Wilkins

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With the Screenwriter's Pen: An Analysis of the Representation of Gifted Children in the Family Film, Sarah Williams

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Finding Their Chrysanthemum: Linguistic Representation in Children's Literature, Marielena Zajac

Capstones from 2021

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Lucy’s Secret: An Interactive Narrative About Parental Alcoholism From A Child’s Perspective, Katie Allran

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Writing Strong Fiction: Influences of Point of View on Character, Ime Atakpa

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Holly Springs, Virginia: Narratives for a Short-Story Cycle, Ronald B. Baldwin

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Phantom, Ashley Banks

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Blue Amber, Denise Boivin-Iassogna

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Video for All: An Argument Towards Standardization Of Video Production Practices and Research, Kelley Bostian

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La Bodega: Junior's Story, Rashaan Canady

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Life in the Second Youth, Donna Cochran

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COVID-19's Impact on Communication Practices in the Animal Welfare Nonprofit Sector, Tiffany M. Davis

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Remote Working During the Pandemic: MAPW Graduates in the Workforce, Jordan Dollar

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Student-Perceived Inclusivity in the FYC Classroom: Embracing Multilingualism, Melinda Grant

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A Black Southern Woman’s Perspective on Literature, Culture, & Identity: A Portfolio of Creative Nonfiction and Academic Writing, Jonquil Harris

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A Pin-up’s Guide to Traveling Like a Local: A Series, Annedra Utley Herring

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Home, Kandace James

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Falling Star, Miro Jefferis-Nendick

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The Seventh Plateau, Willie Lawson

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Black Lens, Dominic Ligon

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Peaks and Valleys: The Life and Legacy of Carleton Watkins, Danny Madore

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The Lies They Hold, Sherrie Morgan

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WHAT IS DONE IN THE DARK WILL COME TO LIGHT: A NOVELLA, Giselle Reid

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Query into Queer: A Creative and Analytical Examination of LGBTQ+ Experiences, Peyton Sibert

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Understanding Community and Engagement in Synchronous Online Writing Instruction, Conner Sutton

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MAPW Portfolio, Arlene White

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