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Congratulations to Chris Crider, an alumnus of our English/Professional Writing Program at Longwood, for being promoted to a Junior Copywriter at Mission Lane Visa®!

“I have been really enjoying [the position of Junior Copywriter] at this company. I have the privilege of copywriting and revising inbound copy requests across departments, so the copies are very diverse — from mobile app updates to internal documents,” said Chris, who has been with his company for over a year (previously in a different role).

Congratulations, again, Chris! The Professional Writing Program is so proud of your accomplishments!

Congratulations to Haley Vasquez, a star alumna of our English/Professional Writing Program at Longwood, for accepting the position of Creative Director at Letterpress Communications!

Haley is returning to her home state, Virginia, after two years of working as a technical writer at PlayStation in San Diego, California.

Digital card Haley’s colleagues put together for her last day at PlayStation!

Haley notes: “I’m so thankful to all my amazing colleagues who made my time at Sony truly incredible, and I’ll miss working with them. This was definitely one of the toughest decisions to make, but I’m excited to take this next step, and return to my home communities.”

Congratulations, Haley! We are so proud of your accomplishments!

Longwood’s Professional Writing Program has finished Spring 2021 on a great note! Congratulations to our brilliant Professional Writing students on receiving multiple awards of excellence from the Department of English and Modern Languages this year!

⭐️ Payten Bovat: The Marion Camper Fuller Award

⭐️ Ireland Seagle: The Rosemary Sprague Award

⭐️ Amber Thomas: The Maria Bristow Starke Award

We’re so proud of you!

Check out the changes and NEW course offerings in the Professional Writing Program (starting with the 2020-2021 catalog year)!

Here are the upcoming Professional Writing course offerings:

SUMMER I – 2021

ENGL 210 Introduction to Digital Writing – Online/2 sections – Guler OR Lettner-Rust: “What happens when we hit ‘enter’? And how can we ensure our efforts are being received with our intentions? Employing persuasion theories, we will create texts addressing multiple audiences, bringing together visual and alphabetic texts that involve readers in the construction of those texts. *For students in the catalog year of 2020-21, this fulfills an elective for the PW Concentration and Minor.”

ENGL 319 Technical Writing – Online/Lettner-Rust: “You will create documents that clearly and concisely convey complex, technical or scientific information to targeted audiences, demonstrating effective visual and verbal elements. Last semester, we watched the film Dark Waters and developed documents communicating an understanding of the properties of the manmade chemical C-8 in water and soil for the local residents in the film. Fulfills a requirement for the English major. Also required for PW concentrators.”

ENGL 470-B01 Professional Writing Skills – Online/Guler: “Writing for workplace settings from a rhetorical perspective. Students will study the foundations of professional communication, document design, persuasive writing, and promotional strategies. The course will culminate in a portfolio of documents commonly found in the professional world (e.g., applications, brochures, professional profiles, etc).”

FALL 2021

ENGL 210: Introduction to Digital Writing (Guler/2 sections/TR 12:30-1:45 OR TR 2:00-3:15): See the course description above.

ENGL 219 Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (Lettner-Rust/TR 9:30-10:45): We will examine the works of our modern world–monuments, architecture, speeches, and more–through the lens of classical and modern rhetorical concepts, design multimodal communication for specific academic audiences. Along the way, we’ll sharpen our concision, cohesion, and layout skills in written communication. Pre-req: ENGL 165

ENGL 303 Visual Rhetoric & Document Design (Green/TR 11-12:15):
Students will learn the art of communication through visual elements. We will explore how messages are communicated and arguments are made in both two- and three-dimensional contexts, including, but not limited to, fashion, photography, architecture, marketing, film, and restaurant menus.

ENGL 470 Professional Writing Skills (Guler/2 sections/MW 4:00 pm-5:15 OR MW 5:30 pm-6:45: See the course description above.

Important Note for Longwood Students who have declared PW as a concentration or minor before the 2020-2021 catalog year: the new courses won’t appear in your DegreeWorks , as you will still see the older versions of some courses. So, please plan your courses according to the following:

*ENGL 302 History of Rhetoric has now changed to ENGL 219 Introduction to Rhetorical Studies: The next offering of ENGL 219 is in Fall 2021 (this course is offered only on a rotation every other fall semester). If you still need to take ENGL 302 for your concentration/minor, please plan to take ENGL 219 in Fall 2021; ENGL 219 will automatically substitute for the ENGL 302 requirement.

*ENGL 301 – Rhetorical Criticism will be offered next in Spring 2022. Currently, the theme for the course is “Rhetorical Criticism of Popular Culture.”

*ENGL 305 (Special Topics in Rhetoric/PW) will be offered next in Fall 2022. If you still need ENGL 305 to complete your concentration/minor requirements and you need to graduate before Fall 2021, contact Dr. Guler at gulere@longwood.edu so we can find a course to substitute for ENGL 305.

Please contact Dr. Guler with any other questions/concerns as well.

Congratulations to Amber Thomas for recently receiving the Maria Bristow Starke Scholarship Award, nominated and awarded annually by Longwood’s English and Modern Languages Department to one student for excellent performance in English studies!

Ms. Amber Thomas is a junior Longwood student who is majoring in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a minor in Communication Studies. Ms. Thomas is also working as a consultant for Longwood’s Writing Center, where she is gaining valuable insight into undergraduate students’ common needs to be confident and successful writers.

Congratulations to Karyn Keane, one of our senior Professional Writing students, for receiving fully funded offers from the Rhetoric and Composition Master’s programs of multiple universities such as UMass Amherst, University of Tennessee, and Michigan State!

Karyn was also invited to fly out to Miami University in Ohio and has just announced that she’s committed to its MA program in Composition and Rhetoric, with full funding!

Karyn said: “I’m so happy to have found my next home, and I’m so thankful for all of the friends and mentors who helped me get to this point. I’ve never felt so excited and prepared for what lies ahead.”

Proud of our recent Professional Writing alumni!

Breanna Henshaw (on the left) has successfully been working as a licensing specialist for the Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation.

Savannah Dyer (on the right) was recently hired as a researcher at a security company in McLean, VA.

Congratulations to Haley Vasquez, one of our recent Longwood Professional Writing alumni, for being hired as a senior technical writer at PlayStation/Sony! Haley was one of our superstar Professional Writing students who has recently also received an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University.


Chris Crider, one of our recent Professional Writing Program alumni, has been hired as a Digital Content Writer at VMek, an international agricultural technology company based in Richmond, VA. Chris has been an active student in the program, previously completing an OSR/CURIO project with Dr. Elif Guler as well as internships with organizations such as  Steps, Inc.

In his reflection on his internship at Steps, Inc, Chris wrote:

Right away, I was able to examine principles and practices of effective professional communication, including visual and written communication, in a workplace setting at Steps, Inc. I accomplished this goal by creating different types of documents, such as employee assessments, client referral forms, satisfaction surveys based on employee performance, volunteer documents outlining volunteer responsibilities as well as a volunteer sign-in form, and finally the annual report. Through the research and creation of these documents, I was able to analyze rhetorical situations in online written communication with attention to audience, purpose, format, and context. Each professional document’s audience varied, so it was essential that I took the opportunity to analyze the rhetorical situation being addressed for a particular document before sending out my final draft.”

Congratulations, Chris! The Professional Writing Program is proud of your accomplishments!

Congratulations to Karyn Keane, one of our Professional Writing concentrators, for winning the Rosemary Sprague Endowment Scholarship at the EML Awards Banquet on March 26, 2019! The Professional Writing Program at Longwood is proud of her continuous accomplishments!