Welcome to Professional & Technical Writing
Students who study professional & technical writing like to mix writing with editing and document design. Each student brings experience and knowledge from the fields where they study and work. Students learn to recognize audience and user needs. They develop confidence in working with new tools and technologies, and students practice talking to others about documents in tactful and helpful ways.
Students take introductory and advanced courses in these areas:
- Technical editing
- Document design
- Reports/proposals/grants writing
- Communication for small businesses
- Coming in spring 2013: Science Writing
During class, students work on real projects and leave class with one or two portfolio pieces. This semester, students are working with IFixIt.com to develop instructional repair guides and with the 15-40 Connection, an organization that raises awareness about cancer in people who are 15-40 years old.
Students cap off their coursework with field experience in a professional workplace.
Where Students Are Working
- Athena Health
- Bangor Metro
- Eastern Maine Medical Center
- The Edge
- Fogler Library
- Foster Center for Student Innovation
- Southerland Weston Marketing Communications
- KahBang Music • Art • Film Festival
- The Maine Campus
- Department of Justice
- Hannaford Bros. Co.
- Health Dialog
- National Semiconductor
- Spruce Run
- University of Maine
Others are attending graduate, law, and medical schools.
Options For Studying PTW
Every English major must choose a writing concentration.
The minor in professional writing adds a professional credential to any degree. Coursework can be tailored to your specific field of study. Contact Dr. Charlsye Smith Diaz (charlsye.diaz [at] umit.maine.edu) for more information.
- Time for just one class? Try ENG 317: Business & Technical Writing
ENG 317: Business & Technical Writing introduces workplace writing, provides instruction in resume writing, business communication, and workplace ethics and culture.
Find Out More
To find out more about courses in professional writing or options for the concentration or minor, stop by the English Department Office, 304 Neville Hall to pick up some information, or contact:
Dr. Charlsye Smith Diaz
Email: charlsye.diaz [at] umit.maine.edu