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Welcome to the Department of Writing

Welcome to the Writing Department homepage. We are one of only a handful of independent writing programs in the nation, which allows our program to offer our students unique opportunities to shape their education. Whether you are interested in creative writing, web writing, document design, or business communication, you will be able to choose courses that correspond to your professional aspirations and to the skills you wish to develop. With a degree in writing, you can become a web writer, freelancer, document designer, magazine writer, editor, publisher, or technical writer, to name a few.

The Writing Department curriculum offers unique opportunities for students to shape the B.A. or B.S. 42-credit degree in writing. In choosing this major, students will also have the chance to enhance their classroom writing experiences with an internship. As a department, we take job preparation seriously. By completing an internship as part of their coursework, students will gain professional experience before graduating and will be better prepared for the demands of the 21st century workplace.

Besides choosing from a variety of courses, students will also be able to participate in many extracurricular activities and practice their writing skills outside of the classroom. These activities range from a vibrant student reading series, the Grand Valley Writers Series, a student-run literary journal, a bi-annual student-written department newsletter, to clubs and organizations dedicated exclusively to writing. Finally, our Distinction in Writing program encourages students to pursue extracurricular activities to set themselves apart as writers and young professionals.

More details on all of these extracurricular opportunities, as well as major/minor requirements, course descriptions, faculty profiles, and internship information can be found in the top left links. Please contact us if we can assist in any way!

--Christopher Toth, Writing Department Chair | |


Learn about the Distinction in Writing program in this video created by GVSU Writing majors Jacqueline Bull, Shelby Christie and Johvan Calvo


Dawn Nagelkirk

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 or one of the student assistants.

News and Events

Great Lakes: Image & Word

Great Lakes: Image & Word

Professor Clark in the Writing Dept co-curated a collaborative art & poetry show with Virginia Jenkins, Chair of the Department of Art & Design.

Department Hosts First Annual Writing Program Advisory Board Visit

Department Hosts First Annual Writing Program Advisory Board Visit

The Writing Department will be hosting an all-day visit for our newly formed advisory board on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Marcia Aldrich Visits GVSU

Marcia Aldrich Visits GVSU

On October 1 Marcia Aldrich, author of the books Girl Rearing and Companion to an Untold Story, visited Grand Valley.

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