Department of Writing
Professional Writing Resources
Professional Writing RESOURCES:Professional Groups
- Society for Technical Communication (STC)
- West Michigan Shores Chapter of STC
- International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
- IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS)
- American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
- ACM Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC)
- Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
- Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA)
- AIGA: the professional association for design
- STC Undergraduate Scholarship: Awards of $1,500 each will be granted toward school tuition and expenses. Two awarded nationally per year.
- ACM SIGDOC Undergraduate Scholarship: One non-renewable scholarship of $500 each is granted toward school tuition and expenses.
- Sigma Tau Chi (STX) Award: Students who are accepted into Sigma Tau Chi receive one year's membership in STC, a pin, and a t-shirt.
Other Essential Online Resources
- EServer TC library: A free online library for professional, scientific and technical communicators.
- The Official Techwr-L For Technical Communicators
The Forest of Rhetoric
This online rhetoric, provided by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University, is a guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric. Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest (the big picture) of rhetoric because of the trees (the hundreds of Greek and Latin terms naming figures of speech, etc.) within rhetoric.
This site is intended to help beginners, as well as experts, make sense of rhetoric, both on the small scale (definitions and examples of specific terms) and on the large scale (the purposes of rhetoric, the patterns into which it has fallen historically as it has been taught and practiced for 2000+ years).
Page last modified January 19, 2007