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Students who study professional & technical writing like to mix writing with editing and document design. Each student brings experience and knowledge from the fields where they study and work. Students learn to recognize audience and user needs. They develop confidence in working with new tools and technologies, and students practice talking to others about documents in tactful and helpful ways.


Students take introductory and advanced courses in these areas:

During class, students work on real projects and leave class with one or two portfolio pieces. This semester, students are working with to develop instructional repair guides and with the 15-40 Connection, an organization that raises awareness about cancer in people who are 15-40 years old.

Students cap off their coursework with field experience in a professional workplace.

Where Students Are Working

Graduates have success on the job market. Some students receive job offers and start working before graduating. Graduates are working or will soon be working for these organizations:

Others are attending graduate, law, and medical schools.

Options For Studying PTW

Every English major must choose a writing concentration.

The minor in professional writing adds a professional credential to any degree. Coursework can be tailored to your specific field of study. Contact Dr. Charlsye Smith Diaz (charlsye.diaz [at] for more information.

ENG 317: Business & Technical Writing introduces workplace writing, provides instruction in resume writing, business communication, and workplace ethics and culture.

Find Out More

To find out more about courses in professional writing or options for the concentration or minor, stop by the English Department Office, 304 Neville Hall to pick up some information, or contact:

Dr. Charlsye Smith Diaz
Email: charlsye.diaz [at]
Phone: 207-581-3839

Image Description: Photo: Graduate students Elizabeth and Chad work in The Writer's Studio.

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Contact Information

Professional & Technical Writing
5725 Neville Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5725
Phone: (207) 581-3822
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System