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*Resumes & Cover Letters
*Business Letters
*Other King's Writing Courses



Writing Beyond Core 110

Whether we like it or not, most of us will have to complete many different writing tasks throughout our college careers and the rest of our lives.  When we begin the job search, we will write resumes and cover letters.  On the job, we might be asked to write memos and letters.  This area of the Effective Writing Resource Page will help you complete some of these tasks and direct you to websites that provide more information.

Resumes and Cover Letters    Back to top

King's College's Office of Career Planning and Placement has developed a complete guide to writing resumes and cover letters.  Visit the following areas for more information:

    What is a Resume? Tips for Writing a Resume

    Blueprint of a Resume

    Suggestions for Preparing the Final Copy

    Writing Cover Letters

Business Letters    Back to top

We write business letters in our personal lives when we want to complain about a defective product or when we want a landlord to take action.  We are also asked to write letters on the job.  Perhaps we will have to market our services to a new client or we will have to deliver bad news to existing clients.  But how do we do this in the most positive and effective way?  These sites will help you with both the format and the content of business letters.

    Colorado State University - This site discusses audience, purpose, and general format.  It also covers the most common types of letters and provides examples.

    Utah Valley State College also provides brief letter writing tips and a sample letter.

    Read about the 10 Secrets of Writing Business Letters from Arizona State University's website.

    Visit this page to read Robert W. Bly's article "How to Write Business Letters That Get Results."

    Accentuating the Positive - This site teaches you how to write more successful letters by focusing on the positive.

    Having trouble with your conclusion?  See this article titled "Writing a Closing That Demands Action."

Memos     Back to top

Business letters are typically sent from one person or business to another outside person or business, but memos are correspondence sent within a business or company.  Because they are in-house, they do not require the typical business letter format with inside addresses.  They do, however, follow a specific format.  You can read about the differences between business letters and memos by visiting some of the sites below.

    This site contains both an overview of memo writing and a sample memo.

    Purdue University's On-Line Writing Lab also has information on memo writing.

    This site provides information on memo writing in the form of a memo.

    You might also want to read "How to Write a Memo" by Emily Thrush.


Other Writing Courses Offered at King's...    Back to top

If you enjoyed taking Core 110: Effective Writing, you might want to consider some of the other writing courses offered at King's.

ENGL 221. Specialized Writing.  Special types of writing required by various professional disciplines. Each section of this course treats a different subject (e.g. business communication, technical writing, legal writing); consequently, more than one section can be taken during the student's college career.

ENGL 223. Language and Thought.  The study of the English language and its appropriate use in communicating thought through writing in all disciplines. Includes study of the principles of standard usage.

ENGL 251. Advanced Writing.  Student writing supervised through seminars, workshops, and conferences. Overview of rhetorical theory and introduction to all forms of writing at the advanced level; informational, critical, argumentative, creative. The course deals with the rhetoric, structure, and presentation of the material; and models of the writing of past and current authors are examined in detail. Weekly papers are assigned, and MLA style is taught for research. Prerequisite for all other advanced writing courses. Required in the sophomore year.

ENGI, 352. Creative Writing Workshop: The Short Story/Poetry.  The Short Story: Student writing of short fiction supervised through private seminars and class critiques. Study of the techniques of short story writers (plot, focus, voice, point of view) and guided practice in writing the short story. Prerequisite: ENGL 251. Poetry: Student writing of poetry supervised through tutorial, small group and class critiques. Some study of current techniques/practices in poetry will enhance the guided writing of poetry. Prerequisite: ENGL 251.

ENGL 353. Persuasive writing.  Study and practice of how writers influence readers; includes such types as editorial, critical review (book, play, movie), testimony, debate, satire, etc. Extensive reading and writing of the persuasive essay. Prerequisite: ENGL 251.

ENGL 355. Advanced Technical Writing.  Intensive practice in the various types of informal and formal reports used for business, technical, and professional contexts. A major research project in the students professional interest is delivered orally and submitted in written form. Students work on projects in teams with frequent conferences conducted by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 251.

ENGL 357. Writing for Publication.  Intensive practice in producing and editing current forms of publishable writing (popular, critical, creative, scholarly) for portfolio development and publication. Includes workshops with a professional writer and instruction in publishing procedures.

ENGL 359. The English Language.  A study of the history, dialects, usage, and modern approaches to the grammar of American English. Since the course examines the language in depth, it is appropriate for students of all disciplines. Required of candidates for teaching certification in English.

ENGL 361. Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice.  Study and practice in current theories of teaching of writing and utilization of the writing process in academic writing; readings on collaborative learning, composition theory, writing across the curriculum and the use of computers in the teaching of writing. Supervised experience in the classroom and the writing center; weekly writing assignments. Faculty nomination required.

COMM 321. Broadcast News Writing I.   Theory and technique required for proper writing of ‘hard news,’ features, editorial and commentaries used by the electronic media.  The student will obtain an awareness and practical experience in rewriting news, gathering of local news, the broadcast interview, and processes associated with newscast preparation.  Prerequisite: COMM 231.

  COMM 322. Broadcast News Writing II.   An opportunity to refine skills acquired in COMM 321.  Special consideration to on-the-spot reporting and remote broadcasts.  Students will be expected to produce a weekly comprehensive newscast for airing on the college’s radio station.  Prerequisite: COMM 321.

  COMM 323. Newspaper Reporting I.   Theories and skills used in compiling a newspaper story.  Topics include a definition of the news, sources of news, story structure, the lead and the interview.  Students will be taught how to write various story types.  Prerequisite: COMM 231.

  COMM 324. Newspaper Reporting II.   Refining and mastering fundamental news reporting techniques.  The writing of specialty material sports, business, crime, politics.  Prerequisite: COMM 323 plus permission of department.

  COMM 325. Sports Communications.   Familiarization with the terminology and peculiarities associated with men’s and women’s athletics, the techniques of release and brochure preparation, conducting the press conference, preparation of program and promotion materials, budget preparation, broadcast remotes, creating and producing the sports feature; media-athletic and school-media relations.  Prerequisite: COMM 211.

  COMM 326. Magazine Article Writing.   Theoretical and practical experience in idea selection, research methods, factual organization, writing and marketing of non-fiction articles.  Students will be expected to submit articles for publication.

  COMM 331. Critical Writing for the Mass Media.   Instruction and practice in those skills necessary for the writing of reviews and criticisms for the mass media.  Students will gain theoretical and practical experience in criticizing books, films, the electronic media, and dramatic presentations.  Prerequisite: COMM 251 and/or permission of the department.

  COMM 332. Script Writing.   Theory and techniques necessary for successful scripting an writing of no-news programming.  Comedy and drama will be stressed.  Prerequisite: COMM 231 or permission of the department.

  COMM 333. Media Writing on the Internet.   An advanced level writing-intensive course that puts students on-line to widen their writing and reporting capabilities.  The course includes ad copywriting as well as straight journalism.  Media Writing on the Internet deploys the World Wide Web, e-mail and newsgroups as specific reporting tools that help writers in search of sources, story ideas and background.  The course allows on-line collaboration with journalism students at other colleges and universities.  Prerequisite: COMM 231.