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Knowing how to construct texts that appeal to different audiences is a critical skill for the 21st century. With the proliferation of online and accelerated communication, the ability to tell a story that engages and persuades an audience is more important than ever. A degree in writing can help you develop this ability.

As a writing major, you will have opportunities to develop storytelling skills in a wide variety of genres and media. Whether you are interested in connecting storytelling to traditional genres (academic, poetry, magazine, fiction, non-fiction) or to the latest writing technologies (document design software, content management systems), you can select courses that best prepare you for future professional careers.

Through a unique m­­odular curriculum that combines courses in professional, academic, and creative writing, you will learn how to create, shape, design, and share texts. These abilities will allow you to enter the world in a variety of careers. You can become a web writer, freelancer, document designer, magazine writer, editor, publisher, or technical writer, to name a few. The flexibility and the variety of courses offered lets you shape your educational experience and future professional identity.

Through our 42-credit B.A. or B.S. degree, our writing majors develop the skillset to:

  • Write fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Develop and tailor content to both print and online media.
  • Work with the industry standard writing and design software.
  • Collaborate with other writers, editors, subject matter experts, and designers to prepare content for publication.
  • Develop promotional materials to pitch and sell content.

You can find information about who we are, what we offer, and how to get involved using the links at the top of this page. Please contact us if we can assist in any way!

--Christopher Toth, Writing Department Chair | tothc@gvsu.edu |

News and Events

Department is Hiring an Assistant Professor

Department is Hiring an Assistant Professor

The Department of Writing is seeking to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 6, 2018.

Student Writing Competition Opportunity

Student Writing Competition Opportunity

Great Lakes by Design Magazine is hosting a student writing competition.

fishladder Now Accepting Applications

fishladder Now Accepting Applications

fishladder, Grand Valley's Student Journal of Art & Writing, is now accepting applications from potential readers, assistant genre editors (in Art & Photography, Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction), and assistant head editors.

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Dawn Nagelkirk, Wrt Dept Office Coordinator

The Writing Department office is available to help whenever you need it.

Please feel free to call (616-331-3411) or stop by (326 LOH) and talk with Dawn Nagelkirk, the Writing Department Coordinator, or one of the student assistants.

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