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    Laurel A. Rotter: Writer Profile (2014-2016)

    Table of Contents (TOC) Education ......................................................................................................................................... i

    Towson University ........................................................................................................ ii

    PRWR 619: Writing for the Profit/Non-Profit Sector ............................................. ii

    Work Experience ........................................................................................................................... iii

    Grant Writer, Patapsco Valley State Park ................................................................... iii

    Writing Assistant, Towson University Writing Center............................................... iii

    Outside Interests............................................................................................................................. iv

    Delta Alpha Pi (DAP) Honor Society ............................................................................. iv

    Conclusion ..................................................................................................................................... iv

    Bibliography .................................................................................................................................. iv

    Table 1: Graduate Courses Completed, Graduate Courses Needed ............................................... ii

    Figure 1: Autumn colors outside University Union, Towson University..TOC

    Figure 2: College of Liberal Arts, Towson University..... ii

    Figure 3: Sample of Keep Patapsco Valley Safe, Fun, and Clean Recreational Trails Grant.iii

    Figure 4: Sample of Chapter 4.0 Police Lethality Program (PLP): Assessment Procedure from House of Ruth, Maryland Call Center Training Manual ............................................................... iv

    Figure 5: Towson University Writing Assistant works with a client ............................................. v

    Figure 6: Halloween Candy Fundraiser Event Flyer ..................................................................... vi

    Figure 1: Autumn colors outside University Union, Towson University

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    Introduction This report is designed specifically to provide its reader with a more articulate understanding of

    my educational, professional, and personal history, as well as to illuminate more boldly my

    desires and aspirations.

    For the past two years, I have dedicated myself to enriching, extending, and developing two

    things. First, I work diligently to create and maintain a perceptive understanding of how gender,

    race, class, and other matrices of identity affect how people exist in the world. Second, I strive to

    cultivate an artful grasp of professional writing abilities and techniques that will allow me to

    successfully support myself while engaging in and preserving meaningful partnerships with

    community groups and systems. This dedication can be seen in the way that I focus my higher

    education on related fields and subjects, obtain reputable internships with academic and non-

    profit organizations, and serve my community through campus involvement.

    Ideally, I will continue to use my writing skills, tenacity for research, and knowledge of social

    structures to support justice, equality, and community enrichment in large-scale and detail-

    oriented focus while also working both independently and in group settings to produce detailed,

    accessible, high-quality writing that is useful to its respective clientele.

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    Education Some of the courses I have enjoyed most from my time spent in Towson Universitys Women &

    Gender Studies department and Combined Bachelor's in English/Master's in Professional Writing

    program include the following:

    ENGL 317: Writing for Business & Industry (covering standard written formats used in business and industry: correspondence, memoranda, and reports)

    WMST 485: Women in Religion, Advanced Study Activism Seminar (resulted in 6+ months of research into past and present response of Christian clergy to domestic

    violence (DV), DV in Baltimore, MD, and services available to DV victims and

    survivors)

    CRMJ 348: Women and Crime (discussing women as offenders, victims, and workers in the criminal justice system, theories of female criminality, as well as discrimination and

    sexism in juvenile and adult justice systems)

    PRWR 619: Writing for the Profit/Non-Profit Sector (examining the communication process with special emphasis on writing within the profit/nonprofit organization,

    theories of organization, management styles, and relationship of written messages to the

    function of climate of the profit/nonprofit organization, as well as strategies of preparing

    written communication to meet internal and external needs).

    Within these courses, I was asked to do in-depth investigation/research, critically analyze my

    findings, and present complicated, sometimes-controversial topics to large groups of people in

    the form of presentations, class talks, infographics, interactive activities, and more. Having

    recently earned my Bachelor's degree in December 2015, I look forward to the fact that I need to

    complete only six additional courses in order to attain my Master's degree as well.

    Figure 2: College of Liberal Arts, Towson University

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    Towson University In my time at Towson University, I have found my involvement at the Writing Center to be the

    most fulfilling and rewarding. Serving as a catalyst for the growth and learning of my peers gives

    me not only a sense of pride in them, but also a comforting sense of purpose. Using my own skill

    with language to help others make themselves understood helps me feel understood as well.

    Most importantly, however, the practice of guiding my peers through the writing process has

    caused me to become both a better teacher and a better writer. Instead of relying solely on

    instinct, I find myself putting more consideration into the literary moves I make, examining not

    only the strategies and tools themselves, but also the reasoning behind their use. As I move on to

    complete my Master's degree in Professional Writing, I feel confident that these new insights

    will serve to strengthen the foundation of my understanding as I continue to build upon it. Table 1: Graduate Coursework Completed, Graduate Needed

    Graduate Coursework Completed Graduate Coursework Remaining PRWR 612: Rhetorical Grammar (3) PRWR 617: Editing (3)

    PWRW 619: Communication in the Profit/Non-profit

    Sector (3)

    PRWR 611: Rhetoric: The Pursuit of Eloquence (3)* PRWR 613: Theory of Exposition (3)*

    PRWR 615: History and Development of Prose Style (3)

    PRWR 621: Business Writing (3)**

    PRWR 623: Technical Writing & Information Design (3)**

    PRWR 729: Corporate Communications Consulting (3)

    PRWR 797: Internship in Professional Writing (3)

    *Course In Progress **Equivalent course taken under another name

    Under the following heading, I will briefly describe an educational course that was significant to

    the continued development of my abilities and my growth as a technical writer.

    PRWR 619: Writing for the Profit/Non-Profit Sector This course stands out from all others I have taken because it involves real-world engagement

    and experience. Here, we learned how to select a community partner, conduct research,

    construct/organize information, and create a presentable finished product that will draw grant

    reviewers in and, ultimately, generate funds for our partners. This class culminated in the

    execution of real grants for real non-profit organizations. As a result, I was personally

    responsible for the creation and acceptance of a $25,463 grant from the Recreational Trails

    Program (provided for by the Maryland State Highway Administration / Office of Environmental

    Design). This grant will allow the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park to purchase wood-

    chipping equipment and, in turn, be better equipped to maintain Park trails by clearing natural

    debris and converting it into mulch, ensuring the safety of campers, hikers, cyclists, horse-back

    riders, and other visitors. This equipment will also allow the Park to better replenish its trails

    with organic mulch, which will reduce soil erosion and prevent sediment from entering and

    polluting the Patapsco River.

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    Work Experience The job traits which I have most enjoyed and excelled at involve completing both cursory and in-

    depth research, engaging in direct client interaction (in person, as well as via phone, fax, and

    email), and exercising my writing knowledge and abilities via creating manuals for non-profits'

    internal training, editing conference programs for national organizations, and developing the

    writing abilities of my peers at Towson University. The following three sections are designed to

    shed a more specific, deliberate light on some of the more substantial tasks I have taken on, with

    respect to my professional history.

    Patapsco Valley State Park: Grant Writing My work as a grant writer for the Patapsco Valley State Park (PVSP) began as part of my PRWR

    619 class (mentioned previously) and extended into a paying position i