PROW 100: Fundamentals of Professional Writing

Course in Professional Writing
Course in Professional Writing
Course Description:

Using an immersive, scenario-based teaching style, this course is an introduction to critically analyzing any writing situation and making your writing a purposeful act of communication. You engage in a series of authentic writing scenarios and a range of activities that provide hands-on practice and instructor coaching and feedback. Coursework includes targeted exercises for improving grammar, mechanics, clarity, precision, and persuasiveness. This collaborative, problem-based learning approach provides you with the strategies and flexibility you need to adapt to an ever-changing multimedia communication environment.

Fundamentals of Professional Writing serves as the foundation course for the Certificate in Professional Writing. It introduces the basic concepts and vocabulary that students will draw upon in all future writing tasks and build upon throughout the remainder of the certificate. You do have the option to enroll in this individual course without committing to the entire Certificate in Professional Writing.

Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2019 Term Offered:
Fall 2 (accelerated): Oct 25 – Dec 19, 2019
2020 Term Offered:
Spring 1 (accelerated): Jan 15 – Mar 12, 2020
Spring 2 (accelerated): Mar 16 – May 12, 2020
Summer 1 (accelerated): May 26 – Jul 20, 2020
Course Block:
BAAS Foundational Requirement:
Gateway Category

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.


  • Faculty Director, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Professional Writing
  • Director, Critical Writing Program, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing

Valerie Ross is the founding director of the Critical Writing Program in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, co-chair of Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators (PWRA) and an editor of the Journal of Writing Analytics. Her current… Read more

  • Lecturer in Critical Writing, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lawrence Abbott is a seasoned writer and teacher whose background includes eleven years as an editor in the private sector and more than twenty years in the writing classroom. As Senior Editor at Auerbach Publishers, Abbott was in charge of Dataworld, at that time the most widely read… Read more

  • Lecturer, Critical Writing program, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Helen Jeoung is a lecturer in the Critical Writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a PhD in linguistics and over a decade of professional experience in non-profits and community-based organizations, including writing for program planning and results-based frameworks. Dr.… Read more

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