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.


Theses/Dissertations from 2001

Creativity in Corporate Writing, Stephanie D. Waldroup

Finding One's Place through Writing, Leslie M. Walker

The Importance of Family in My Professional Writing, April Sheffield Wallace

Spherical Angles: The Practical Pursuit of Stylistic Freedom, Kristie K. White

Putting the Pieces Together and Discovering a Story, Gina Woods

Theses/Dissertations from 1999

The Rhetorical Construction of History: A Historian's Journey in Professional Writing, Catherine A. Armstrong

Hudson City Rain: Collected Fiction, Mauro Bisiacchi

Flight: A Story Cycle, Traci Leigh Blanchard

Layers of Literacy: A Theoretical Journey, Melanie Blenis

Something to Cry About: A Writing Portfolio, Lauri Michelle Bohanan

Words Grow Like Ivy: Lessons from a Writer to a Writer, Jeanine A. Burns

The Development of a Writer's Gestalt: Lessons from a Writer to a Writer, Dianne McClintock Callahan

Professional Writing Functions of a Telecommunications Company Public Relations Department, Joy Dean Conn

Roads of the Past: The Autobiographical Route to Writing, Eric Durocher

Dead Asleep: A Full Length Screenplay, Wallace E. Edson

The Personal Travel Essay: Reflections and a Collection of Travel Essays, Margaret Gramoglia

The Balancing Act: Pedagogy of PRAXIS, Patsy Hamby

Teaching to Write and Writing to Teach: A Teacher's Circular Journey through Literacy, Bernadette Lambert

Honoring Truth in Writing, Dorinda Eller Paige

Reading Narratives and Reflexive Understanding, George M. Seaman

Discourse of Authority: Forays into the Dynamics of Authority, Power and the Construction of Knowledge through Writing, Karl A. Soetebier

Rising above Expectations: Personal Development through Education, Joyce Scott Tippens

Shapeshifting: Collecting and Connecting. The Experience and Application of Professional Writing, Mary Walker

Beyond the Classroom Experience: Integrating Education and Career, Yvonne Beard Wichman

A Day in the Life of a Reasonable Man: A Novel, Neil Wilkinson