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

New WRT 180 Courses Spotlight

New WRT 180 Courses

The Department of Writing faculty are offering new WRT 180 courses for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022.

Department Soliciting Applications for Part-Time Instructors Spotlight

Department Soliciting Applications for Part-Time Instructors

The Department of Writing seeks applications for part-time adjunct instructors.

Newest InWriting Published Spotlight

Newest InWriting Published

The Winter 2021 issue of InWriting is now available.

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Alumni in Action

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Biegalle Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Biegalle

WRT alum discusses career path and offers advice.

Alumni Spotlight: Grayson Mack Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Grayson Mack

WRT alum discusses career path and offers advice.

Alumni Spotlight: Sami Birch Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Sami Birch

WRT alum discusses career path and offers advice.

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Events

Student Reading Series

November 3, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

GV Writers Series: Nandi Comer & Sumita Chakraborty

November 12, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Student Reading Series

December 2, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

GV Writers Series: Mukherjee, Carlise, Rushton

January 28, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Study Abroad Applications Due

February 1, 2022 All Day

MyScholarships Deadline

March 1, 2022 All Day

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