Technical and Professional Writing Program

Developing writing, research and collaboration skills

The WSU Vancouver Technical and Professional Writing Program offers a minor and two certificates: one in professional science and technology writing, and one in professional writing. Strong writing credentials can improve your career prospects.

The program works in partnership with nonprofit community organizations, allowing students to gain practical experience in collaboration, project management and research as key aspects of the writing process.

Because professional writing skills are necessary for workplace and academic success—from composing effective reports, white papers, proposals, functional specifications, fact sheets and brochures—the minor and certificates can complement any major. The program also manages a core course for many WSU Vancouver students: English 402: Technical and Professional Writing.

Mission

The WSU Vancouver Technical and Professional Writing Program implements community engaged curricula in a minor, a professional science and technical writing certificate, a professional writing certificate, and English 402: Technical and Professional Writing. With the support of community partners and multi-disciplinary faculty, we equip undergraduates from all backgrounds, interests, and majors at WSU Vancouver with the practical skills to ethically compose technical and professional genres. Students in TPW courses write in consequential contexts wherein they practice collaboration, project management, and research skills to address multiple audiences.


Contact us

For more information about the TPW program or the Professional Writing minor, contact Johanna Phelps at j.phelps@wsu.edu and 360-546-9729 or Shellynda Michalek at michaleksj@wsu.edu and 360-546-9106.