Miami Writing Institute

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Miami Writing Institute

Rethink what it means to be a good writer with this thought-provoking course created by Miami's nationally known Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE) and offered through Miami Professional Education. One look through this window, and you'll see writing in a whole new light.

Since 1996, the HCWE has been working with faculty and student writers of all kinds in the Miami University community. With the Miami Writing Institute (MWI), the HCWE team is excited to widen opportunities to learn about writing to even more of the Miami family, including alumni and staff. The MWI is an opportunity to continue learning about writing and engage with practice that helps you become a better writer.

Course Information
  • Self-paced
  • 10–12 weeks
  • 2-3 hrs/week time commitment
  • Open to and free for Miami alumni, faculty, and staff in the Spring 2022 semester*

*Registration for the Spring 2022 MWI is now closed. We will open to a wider audience of learners, along with any interested Miami alumni, faculty, and staff, in Summer 2022. If you are interested in being notified when Summer 2022 enrollment begins, please fill out our interest form, and we will contact you when enrollment opens. 

Debunk Common Writing Myths

You will explore four common myths about writing through questions like: What does it mean to write? Who is a writer? How do we define good writing? Along the way, you'll gain practical strategies to become a more effective communicator in the contexts that matter to you.

A colorful, mid-century themed graphic overviewing the myths of the Miami Writing Institute, including: Myth 1: Writing Is Just Words and Rhetoric is Empty Speech, Myth 2: Good Writing is Just Good Writing, Myth 3: Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words Will Never Hurt Me, and Myth 4: Writing is Solitary and Some People are Just Born Good Writers.

Red wall with curved window looking our on a blue sky, red rounded mountains and orange ground Experience a New View of Writing

Learn from Miami faculty, working professionals, and Miami alumni through examples, interactive activities, and practitioner commentary. Analyze your own professional writing, and challenge your understanding of what writing is and how it works.


Red wall with curved blue sky, and with three large plant leaves Elevate Your View

Step up to a completely new approach that goes beyond the mechanics of writing. Learn why good writing is more than correct, error-free, clear, or concise writing. The Howe Center for Writing Excellence faculty and staff will guide you through a journey that debunks common misconceptions about writing.

White Cat shape sitting on red window background on orange table with blue wallGet Curious

Each myth includes a variety of highly engaging elements designed to spark your curiosity. This course encourages you to get curious and explore the content, from visualizations and interactive content to case studies and side quests. Throughout, you'll hear from Miami faculty, Miami alumni, and working professionals.

Red wall with curved blue sky, and with three large plant leaves Grow Professionally

Whether you're just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, this course will meet you where you are. You'll learn how to harness the concepts of rhetoric to communicate your ideas, expertise, and point-of-view more powerfully. This knowledge applies to every position in every field and aspect of life — from writing a text to developing a business proposal.

Download Rhetorical Action Cards

After completing the institute, you’ll be eligible to download and print our exclusive set of Rhetorical Action Cards. Beautifully designed, these cards will help you remember and apply the principles you've learned in your daily life.

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Begin Your Journey Toward a New View on Writing

Register Your Interest for Our Summer 2022 Session Today

Frequently Asked Questions Spring 2022 Miami Writing Institute (MWI)


Enrollment and Course Completion Questions

When will we receive the information or link to start the class?  

On January 21, you'll receive an email asking you to create an account in Miami's Professional Education learning platform. Once you create a Professional Education account, you can begin the course on January 24. The course is self-paced and asynchronous (there is no face-to-face instruction, and you can complete units at your own pace). You must finish by May 14, 2022.

When does the MWI start and end?

It opens January 24, 2022, and closes May 14, 2022.

Do I have to be present at certain times for the MWI?

No. The course is asynchronous (there are no face to face sessions with other students or instructors)

How much time will I need to spend?

The MWI is self-paced; you can spend as much time on it as you like in a given week. You will need to complete all units by May 14, 2022. You can expect to spend 2–3 hours/module for a total of about 12 hours, but this will vary on your pace and interest in some of the optional readings and activities.

Once you have created an account on the Professional Education site, you should receive a follow-up registration email. Where is this registration email? I can’t find it.

Make sure you check your spam folder for the Professional Education registration email. If you continue to have problems registering, email for help.

I missed registration for the Spring 2022 MWI offering. How do I sign up?

If you missed the January registration, you can’t take the MWI in Spring 2022. However, if you’d like to take the MWI in the summer, please fill out this summer interest form and you will receive an email about registering for the next offering.

Can you confirm if I’m registered for the course?

If you’re not sure you’re registered, email to check.

Can I still complete the course after May 14, 2022, if I don't care about receiving the rhetorical action cards?

No, the course will be closed to all learners after May 14, 2022. If you want to take it again, you can indicate your interest in a summer session here.

Content Questions

Does this course pertain to creative writing?

This course relates to all sorts of professional and civic writing, but it is not a guide to creative writing (fiction, poetry, etc.). If you’d like to take a creative writing class, we recommend checking out offerings from the English department

Course Navigation Questions

Some of the images are cut off when I’m viewing the course content. How do I fix this?

There are a number of reasons this could be happening, but here are a few things you can try: If you’re using some kind of mobile device (like a phone or iPad), switch to a laptop or desktop computer. Another option you can try is, if you’re not using Google Chrome as your browser, try switching to Google Chrome (we’ve noticed that there are some problems with using Safari or other browsers).

When I try to start a unit, the content isn’t loading full screen—how do I change this?

There is a short lag time between starting a unit and when the content opens full screen. You can wait a few seconds for it to load, or, alternatively, you can click the “Fullscreen” button (see below) to view the content in full screen.Image of the screen that indicates that the full screen button is below "Welcome to the Miami Writing Institute"

I finished a myth, but I can’t figure out how to move on to the next myth/unit.

There are multiple ways you can move on to the next unit. First, click “Exit Fullscreen” if you are still in fullscreen mode. Then, you should either be able to click “Next” at the bottom of the page or select the next myth in the left-hand sidebar. (See Below)Image that shows how to move from myth to myth

How do I get back to a unit that I’ve already completed?

To move from a unit you’re in to a unit you’ve already completed, click “Exit Fullscreen” and then select the previous unit from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. (See Below) Image shows location and how to exit full screen

I went back to look at a unit I completed previously, but the “Continue” buttons are gone. How do I get back to the content in the unit?

If you find that your “Continue” buttons have disappeared, you can still navigate the content using the navigation on the left-hand side of the screen. Alternatively, you can keep scrolling down until a prompt for the next lesson appears. (See below)Image showing how to continue on the with the left had navigation

Contact Us

For issues with registration or other technical problems, email to reach the Miami Online support team. 

For questions about course content (e.g., activities, units, etc.) or course rewards (i.e., Rhetorical Action Cards), email the MWI team at, and we'll respond to your question promptly.