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About the Program

The Professional Writing Program is specifically designed for students who contemplate a professional career in which writing plays a significant role. Since writing skills are important in almost all professions, and much sought by employers, one might conclude that almost all students at York could benefit from taking Professional Writing Program courses – and that's probably true. However, access to most Professional Writing Program courses is restricted to Professional Writing Program students, so if you have chosen Professional Writing Program as your major, you should congratulate yourself on a wise choice.

Professional Writing allows for direct entry in the first year of university. You may transfer into the program from another program at any time, but note that there are requirements (listed later) that you must fulfill. The fact that you may be in your third year does not exempt you from the requirements indicated for the first two years of the program (though you may receive a waiver for equivalent work done elsewhere).

The program core is designed to offer a firm grounding in the history, theory and practice of writing, and to prepare students for the four experiential capstone courses that complete the program: digital writing, institutional/business writing, periodical writing/publishing and book publishing.  At the beginning of the third year students will choose two of the four areas to specialize in.

After reading about our program, please feel free to contact the Writing Department with any questions you might have.