Welcome to the Department of Writing

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 skill set to:

  • Write fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Develop and tailor content to both print and online media.
  • Work with the industry standard writing, design, and web 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!

The Department of Writing is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

News and Events

Writing Professor Publishes New Short Story Collection

Writing Professor Publishes New Short Story Collection

Horrocks' recently released book, Life Among the Terranauts, has been widely recognized and reviewed.

Newest InWriting Published

Newest InWriting Published

The Fall 2020 issues of InWriting is now available.

Oldenburg Writing Contest

Oldenburg Writing Contest

The contest accepts entires from undergraduate students through March 12.

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Alumni in Action

Alumni Spotlight: Meahgan Pear

Alumni Spotlight: Meahgan Pear

WRT alum discusses career path and offers advice.

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Biegalle

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Biegalle

WRT alum discusses career path and offers advice.

Alumni Spotlight: Grayson Mack

Alumni Spotlight: Grayson Mack

WRT alum discusses career path and offers advice.

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Events

Oldenburg Writing Contest Deadline

March 12, 2021 All Day

Writing Center Applications Due

March 12, 2021 1:00 AM - 5:00 PM

GV Writers Series: Rebecca Hazelton

March 17, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Student Reading Series

March 23, 2021 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

GV Writers Series: Scott Blackwood

April 5, 2021 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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