Professional Writing

Major/Minor

Learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry, while broadening your writing skills across a variety of forms and genres.


 

As a professional writing major, you will . . .

  • pitch stories, articles, and books to potential publishers
  • study and analyze publishers and publications
  • gain basic design skills using Adobe Creative Suite tools, including Photoshop and InDesign
  • learn the publishing process, from acquisition and writing to editing and packaging

Types of writing

  • Fiction genres: suspense, fantasy, science fiction, comedy, experimental, flash, historical, western, etc.
  • Nonfiction genres: reviews, devotions, magazine and feature writing, news reporting, web writing, business writing, blogging, etc.

Our program prepares students to make a living in the publishing industry or as freelance writers and editors. You'll learn from people who do this work—editors, literary agents, published authors—and explore the paths to identify what fits you best.

You will learn . . .

  • to examine writing and learn from its word use and sentence/paragraph arrangement
  • different forms and phases of the editing process
  • the principles and practices of freelance writing

Professional Development:

  • Meet and network with bestselling authors, literary agents, and editors who frequently speak in professional writing classes.
  • Attend writing conferences (like Write to Publish) and meet agents and editors, network for future employment, and present books proposals.
  • Join the writing and editorial staff of The Echo, our student-run newspaper, or Parnassus, our student-run literary journal.

Over their four years at Taylor, professional writing students fill a portfolio with their own published writing. They also complete a 160-hour practicum in a setting that requires strong writing and editing skills—including publishing houses, magazines, newspapers, PR and marketing firms, and literary agencies.

See the curriculum guide.