PCOM631: ‘Professional Writing & Publishing’ – Royal Roads University

Posted on Nov 14, 2013

Fall 2013 Semester
Blended delivery (online/on-campus)

Introduces the principles, styles, and strategies that influence technical, scientific, business, and institutional writing. Learners assess the elements of good style and the mechanics of writing using an analysis of various writing styles and formats and discussion. Considers the role and responsibilities of the professional writer.


PCOM 631 Professional Writing and Publishing is a three-credit course offered in the MA in Professional Communication program. Each credit assumes 33 hours of learner effort.

Blended Delivery and Course Dates

PCOM 631 is delivered blended. The course runs from month date to October 21, 2013 to January 19, 2014 (10 weeks total).

  • Pre-Residency: October 21 to November 8, 2013
  • On-Campus Residency: November 18 to December 6, 2013
  • Post-Residency: December 16, 2013 to January 19, 2014

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre- or co-requisites to PCOM 631 Professional Writing and Publishing

Final Date for Voluntary Withdrawal

The final date for Voluntary Withdrawal from this course is December 5, 2013. Note the VW date must be before the 50% point of the course.

Course Overview

In this course, students will learn the basics of how to write and sell nonfiction articles for publication in commercial and trade periodicals. Students will learn to study target markets, writing to optimize chances of making a sale. By exchanging feedback with peers, students will also acquire interpersonal skills essential to professional writing success, including the ability to set out, discuss and follow agreed guidelines, receive constructive criticism orally and in writing, and execute edits and re-writes following editorial feedback. Students will also acquire a broader understanding of the periodical and professional writing business generally.

Expanded Overview

Increasingly nowadays magazine “writing” is multimodal. Multimodal compositions commonly include writing, photography, and video . This course therefore focuses on producing research-based compositions that satisfy—at professional but technically introductory levels—the stylistic conventions of these three modes.

One of the most ideal genres of multimodal composition is the ethnographic one. Ethnographic research—defined broadly as research that actively attempts to take the perspective of an individual or a small group of people by seeking to understand the significance of their experiences, practices, values, and representations—can be powerfully rendered by the triangulation of photography, writing, and video. Such multimodal compositions have the ability to offer multiple and vivid perspectives on diverse lifeworlds, as well as the capacity to bridge the gap between academic and popular knowledge.