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Professional Writing


Break into Publishing With Professional Writing

The unique Professional Writing major trains students to be just that: professional writers. Professional Writing students learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry while broadening their writing skills across a variety of forms and genres. While we learn all about book publishing, the major is about far more. Our goal is to help students be able to write, edit, use technical tools, design, and strategically work with social media, newspapers, and magazines.

You’ll be prepared to go into a variety of careers where you’ll use your love for words to write articles, blogs, essays, work with social media, understand technical writing, or edit for all types of writing.

Get on track for these careers

  • Freelance Writer
  • Published Author
  • Social Media Manager
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Proofreader
  • Business Writer
  • Journalist
  • Technical Writer
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Professional Writing Conference

Join current and aspiring authors (teens to adults) for a two-day writing conference full of fiction, nonfiction, platform & marketing, and specialty writing workshops. You will learn from professional writers and network with agents and editors who can take you to the next level in your writing.

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Professional Writing Summer Academy

During this one-week summer camp, we help you get an understanding of the writing and publishing processes. You may be someone who wants to one day get published; you may be a writer who is considering how God might want to use that passion; or you may just be curious about where your love of writing and books might take you. We’ll give you an overview of how that works, get you doing some writing in your favorite genre, and give you encouragement for your writing years ahead.

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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 Communication, Public Relations, Marketing, Graphic Art, and History majors.

Tarah Zumbrun
Class of 2022
"I started my freshman year a nervous, insecure writer who would practically shake anytime she had to share her work with someone. Now, I’m graduating as a confident woman who isn’t afraid to put myself out there and who has recently signed on to a full-time writing position at a job I'm very passionate about."

Professional Writing Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Liberal Arts Foundational Core

A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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An Elite Writing Setting

Writing courses focus on analyzing publishers and publications, gaining basic Microsoft Office and 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.

You will be encouraged to explore a variety of communication and writing styles to identify which kind fits you best—and how all of that works with your Christian faith. Over your four years at Taylor, you will fill a freelance writing portfolio with your own published writing that will impress future employers.

I’ve observed Taylor University’s unparalleled writing major over the years ... TU’s Professional Writing program teaches you not only to be a great writer but also how to send your writing into the world. You’ll learn the publishing industry from the inside out.” Jerry B. Jenkins, author of 195 books including the bestselling Left Behind series

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Alumna Holds Senior Associate Editor Position at Focus on the Family

Jan 19, 2024

Rachel Pfeiffer '18 gained versatile writing, editing, and research skills through the Professional Writing program. She writes and edits for children's magazines at Focus on the Family.

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Professional Writing Graduate Scores 29 Book Contracts and 1,500 Bylines

Sep 21, 2023

Prolific Professional Writing alumna Hope Bolinger '19 is a force to be reckoned with in the publishing industry.

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From Book Publicist to Full-Time Author

Jun 19, 2023

After eight years of working as a book publicist for Bethany House Publishers, Professional Writing graduate Amy Green ‘13 has transitioned to working as an author full-time.

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