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Professional and Public Writing

Minor Professional and Public Writing

This minor aims to prepare students to write confidently and effectively in professional and public situations. Students can choose to focus on professional writing, where they analyze and produce genres required by employers; public writing, where they study and engage in meaningful social action through written texts; or a combination of courses tailored to the student’s own interests. Students will write purposefully, imaginatively, and persuasively in, across, and beyond their college courses. In alignment with several of RWU’s Core Values, this minor fosters preparation for careers and future  study, collaboration of students and faculty in research, commitment to local and global communities, and the promotion of civil discourse.

Requirements for the Minor in Professional and Public Writing:

  • WTNG 102  Expository Writing
  • Two (2) WTNG courses at the 200 level or above
  • Two (2) WTNG course at the 300 level or above
  • One (1) WTNG course at the 400 level

Selected from the list of WTNG courses below

Requirements for the Core Concentration in Professional and Public Writing:

  • WTNG 102  Expository Writing
  • Two (2) WTNG courses at the 200 level or above
  • Two (2) WTNG course at the 300 level or above

Selected from the list of WTNG courses below

WTNG 200 Critical Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences  
WTNG 220 Critical Writing for the Professions*  
WTNG 230 Rhetoric of Film: Writing about Film*  
WTNG 270 Travel Writing*  
WTNG 299 Special Topics in Writing *  
WTNG 300 Rhetoric in a Global Context*  
WTNG 301 The Rhetoric of Narrative*  
WTNG 303 Environmental Rhetoric*  
WTNG 305 Writing the City*  
WTNG 311 Technical Writing*  
WTNG 320 Writing for Business Organizations*  
WTNG 321 Multimodal Writing in Public Spheres*  
WTNG 322 Advancing Public Argument*  
WTNG 400 Writing for Social Change  
WTNG 430 Special Topics  
WTNG 470 The Writing Thesis/Portfolio  
*This course meets the 200 level University writing requirements for the Core Curriculum

 

Donald Holder
Adjunct Professor
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Donald Holder

Donald
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Patricia Rinehart
Adjunct Professor

M.A. English

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Patricia Rinehart

Patricia
Rinehart
Adjunct Professor

M.A. English

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Pat has taught WTNG 102 and 200 at Roger Williams since 2008. Previously she lived in Eastern Pennsylvania and taught similar courses at Penn State branch campuses and at West Chester University. She holds an M.A. in English Literature at West Chester University, A Masters of Public Administration from Russell Sage College, and a bachelor’s in journalism from Boston University. She now lives in Stonington, CT, where she enjoys kayaking, quilting, reading, and writing, mainly in the personal memoir genre. She is currently editing her family’s diaries and letters of 1935-1948.

Richard Fucci
Adjunct Professor

B.A., M.A. English University of Rhode Island
M.Ed. (Secondary Administration ), Providence College

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Richard Fucci

Richard
Fucci
Adjunct Professor

B.A., M.A. English University of Rhode Island
M.Ed. (Secondary Administration ), Providence College

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Mr. Fucci is currently teaching Writing 220, Critical Writing for the Professions and

Writing 102, Expository Writing. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences).

A  former English chairman at Toll Gate High School in Warwick, Mr. Fucci  served on the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Council of Teachers of English and chaired the English Steering Committee for the Warwick Public Schools.

Joyce Cote
Adjunct Professor
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Joyce Cote

Joyce
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Jane Ellen Scott
Adjunct Professor

MA English, University of Pittsburgh

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Jane Ellen Scott

Jane Ellen
Scott
Adjunct Professor

MA English, University of Pittsburgh

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I teach writing and Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas. In the summer I work as  tour guide in Newport and at sea for American Cruise Lines.

James Brady
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James Brady

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Elizabeth Cazden
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Oberlin
J.D. Harvard
M.A. Andover-Newton Theological School

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Elizabeth Cazden

Elizabeth
Cazden
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Oberlin
J.D. Harvard
M.A. Andover-Newton Theological School

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After practicing law in New Hampshire for twenty-five years, Prof. Cazden moved to Rhode Island in 2006 to undertake historical research on Quakers and slavery in colonial Rhode Island. In addition to one full-length biography, she has written articles and book reviews for peer-reviewed history journals, Cobblestone Magazine for children, Harvard Magazine, and the Providence Journal. She also writes as the Providence History Examiner on Examiner.com. Her most recent publication is a chapter on "Quakers, Slavery, Anti-slavery, and Race" in the Oxford Handbook for Quakers Studies (2013).

She has two grown children, one a computer programmer and musician and the other in medical school. She has taught writing at RWU since 2008.

 

 

Fredrika Quinn
Adjunct Professor
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Fredrika Quinn

Fredrika
Quinn
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Rebecca Kanost
Adjunct Professor

Rebecca Kanost

Rebecca
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Ronald LaFontaine
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Ronald LaFontaine

Ronald
LaFontaine
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