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Professional Writing Major/Minor

The Pitch for Professional Writing

The unique Professional Writing major trains students to write for a variety of media outlets: newspapers, magazines, movies, stage plays, online publications, books, and more. You will pitch stories, articles, and books to potential publishers and become published during your first semester. Professional Writing students learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry, while broadening their writing skills across a variety of forms and genres, including:

  • 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.
An Elite Writing Setting

Bestselling authors, literary agents, and editors frequently speak in professional writing classes and teach seminars, allowing students to meet and network with professionals in their field. Courses in the Professional Writing program are taught by faculty who work in the publishing industry as editors and published writers and who desire to see all students thrive in their careers and faith.

Writing courses focus on analyzing publishers and publications, gaining basic Adobe Creative Suite design skills, and learning the publishing process from acquisitions and writing to editing and publicity. You will learn to examine the technical aspects of writing as well as various forms and phases of the editing process. Our students are encouraged to explore a variety of writing styles to identify which kind fits them best. Over your four years at Taylor, you will fill a freelance writing portfolio with your own published writing that will impress any future employer.

Minor in Professional Writing

Gain a foundational knowledge of the publishing world while sharpening your writing skills with a Professional Writing minor. Learn the business side of writing and how to navigate the world of agents and editors. This minor pairs well with majors in Strategic Communication, Public Relations, Marketing, Graphic Art, and History.

Professional Writing Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Communication Department

Donna Downs, Co-Chair of the Communication Department

Alan Blanchard, Co-Chair of the Communication Department

Tammy Armstrong, Communication Program Assistant

Communication Department

More Than Words

With a 95 percent career placement rate, the Communication Department excels at creating connections between students and businesses across the country. Our Communication programs cover exactly what employers are looking for: leadership, interpersonal and team-based communication, writing, graphic design, branding, image rhetoric, and many other topics.

Our students become proficient at clear communication and target audience messaging. They gain the skills necessary to enter any setting—online, in print, or in person; professional or otherwise—and effectively engage with others.

Beyond Talking—Communicating

Our students aren’t just sitting in classrooms learning; they are professionals working hands-on to develop and sharpen their skills. Our students perform communication audits, evaluate website effectiveness, send book proposals and query letters, execute communication campaigns, and write for The Echo, Taylor's award-winning student newspaper.

Faculty also bring students to regional and national conferences, like the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), regional IABC conventions in Cincinnati and Cleveland, and Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Indianapolis chapter meeting.

Speaking of Your Future
Graduate Programs

Our Communication students have gone on to study at many graduate programs, including:

  • American University
  • Ball State University
  • Baylor University
  • Bethel University
  • Carnegie-Mellon University
  • DePaul University
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Indiana University School of Law
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northwestern University
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Radford University
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Taylor University Graduate School
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Wheaton College Graduate School
Career Opportunities

The practical experience you receive with any of our Communication degrees will prepare you for a career in many vocations, from journalism to event planning to novel writing. The Communication faculty and the Calling and Career Office work hard to put students in contact with Taylor alumni and partnering organizations for internship and employment opportunities.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Communication, Language, & Writing philosophy.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Alan Blanchard

Associate Professor of Journalism


Donna Downs

Department Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Communication



Timothy Berkey

Instructor of Communication


Julie Borkin

Assistant Professor of Communication


Zack Carter

Assistant Professor of Communication


Jeanne Sigworth

Assistant Professor of Communication


Linda Taylor

Assistant Professor of Professional Writing



Tammy Armstrong

Communication Program Assistant