ENGL398B: Writing for Social Entrepreneurship

Writing for Social Entrepreneurship is a course for students who want to develop the skills needed to start a successful social venture – a start up businesses with a social mission or a new nonprofit program. The course will center on a major writing project such as a business plan, a website design plan, a fundraising proposal, or a concept paper for a new nonprofit organization. Students will also produce several other communication projects that social entrepreneurs use to develop and sustain their businesses and nonprofits, such as a presentation/pitch to prospective investors/donors, marketing materials, and a job announcement. Students can start class with an idea for a social venture they want to start, or they can develop a concept or group project over the course of the semester. Students will learn from local social entrepreneurs who visit class and share their experiences using writing to succeed in the field. In addition to learning to write effective documents for specific audiences, students will develop related collaboration and networking skills needed by effective social entrepreneurs. Through this course, students will learn how to use writing throughout the entire process of developing a socially minded entrepreneurial venture.

This class was developed with the support of the Center for Social Value Creation and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Fall 2017 Syllabus