Program Option B: Independent Writing Project
The Independent Capstone Project gives certificate in writing students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a UI faculty mentor on a substantial writing project of their choice. Students find a mentor, write and submit a brief project proposal, and enroll in WRIT:4000 Independent Writing Project for 1, 2, or 3 s.h. Students and potential mentors should review the WRIT:4000 Student and Mentor Guide for more information about requirements, expectations, and deadlines.
Past projects include screenplays, collections of poetry, policy reports, songs for rock and hip-hop albums, linked essays, graphic novels, and even professional handbooks for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students have also used their capstone projects to help showcase their talents prior to entering the job market—students have edited and printed anthologies, designed websites, and even learned to record and disseminate podcasts—all with the goal of learning skills they know will benefit their future careers.
Program Option B may be combined with an honors thesis or other senior project as long as combining is allowed by the home department, both mentors agree, and the proposed combination is approved by the director of the certificate in writing. Students interested in this option must submit a Combined Project Agreement.