The Society of Technical Communication—STC Chicago Chapter has been providing learning opportunities for students, technical writers and editors, since 1955. Writing Studies has partnered with STC Chicago to enhance students’ professional writing learning experiences and support their professional goals. STC Chicago offers the following to Writing Studies students:
- Attend all STC Chicago webinars and speaking events for free.
When registering for an event simply select “Student.”
- Opportunity to earn $1000 and $500 scholarships.
Submit one or two writing samples from your coursework, an explanation for why you are pursuing professional writing and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Applications are due by the end of March.
- Opportunities to publish in Byline, STC Chicago’s bi-monthly newsletter.
Topics may vary but could include: a review of what is trending in the field, a student’s perspective on a professional writing issue, a summary of a topic learned in class. Byline is published on the first of October, December, February, April and June. All submissions must be emailed to the editor no later than 12 days prior to the publication date and should be no longer than 500 words.
- Opportunities to practice interviewing and networking with professional writers.
Schedule an appointment to talk with a real professional writer about what it is like to work in the field, what skills are required and how much you can earn over your career.
- Opportunity to win “Best” awards.
At the end of each semester, you may submit your coursework to Writing Studies program chair Steven Accardi. At the end of the academic year, the Writing Studies committee, along with STC Chicago, will evaluate entries to determine the winner and runner-up of the following categories: “Best Writing,” “Best Editing,” “Best Graphic Design,” “Best Presentation,” and “Best Professional Portfolio.” Winners will receive $100 and runner-ups will receive $50, along with a certificate from STC Chicago. Be sure to write “Best Awards” in the subject line and explain which category you are submitting your work to in the email.
English Department Chairs
Jillian Grauman, Ph.D.
Chair of Composition
Chair of Literature, Creative Writing and Film