Program in Professional Writing

The Program in Professional Writing (PPW) provides pre-professional opportunities for Illinois students to equip themselves to overcome the writing challenges their careers will present. Courses with the “BTW” rubric regularly provide learning experiences involving the skills and genres commonly found in:

  • engineering and scientific workplaces
  • business, agri-business, and government workplaces
  • marketing and public relations workplaces

Some BTW courses qualify students to meet the Advanced Composition Requirement at UIUC; please check the individual listings during course registration.

Through its affiliation with the Center for Writing Studies, the PPW provides expertise to the Writers Workshop and other interested parties across the university on matters germane to professional writing.

Working with Illinois Online and ATLAS, the PPW has developed online-only courses with the “BTW” rubric. Of note, most of these online courses have significant collaborative-writing and collaborative-learning components since writing in a career environment often involves working and writing with others.

You can email questions, concerns, and requests to the Interim Co-Director of the PPW: Kay Emmert at