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Major or Minor in Professional Writing!

Major or Minor in Professional Writing!

Join a rich and active community of students, staff, and faculty in Professional Writing for one of the best undergraduate experiences around.

Why Professional Writing?

Professional Writing students, past and present, speak highly of their experience in the program.

They refer to the high-quality professional experience and skill development offered in the program as well as the amazing students, staff, and faculty they get to work with.

Check out our ever expanding repository of student reflections on the Professional Writing program.

Our students go on to excel in a variety of exciting professional positions. Professional Writing alumni have the following titles:

  • Digital Marketing Coordinator
  • Learning Experience Designer
  • Operations Specialist
  • Content Management & Development
  • Web Designer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Digital Project Manager
  • Scientific Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Brand Ambassador
  • Creative Copywriter
  • Story Coordinator

Many students also pursue post-graduate degrees and diplomas. Recent graduates have gone into the following programs:

  • Publishing
  • Professional Writing
  • Rhetoric and Communications Design
  • Communications Studies
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Creative & Digital Public Relations Strategy
  • Education
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Technical and Scientific Communications
  • Screenwriting
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Programs & Degree Pathways

We offer:

  • a 90-credit (~3 year) BA
  • a 120-credit (~4 year) Honours BA
  • a 120-Credit Specialized Honours with English

Explore the differences between these programs.

You can also study Professional Writing as a 30-credit Honours Minor Degree while you major in another subject. Professional Writing complements any BA and will give your resume a powerful boost in a competitive job market.

Develop expertise across the following areas of professional writing:

  • Writing in industry and organizations. Create clear, concise, effective documents that address issues, build networks and achieve results.
  • Digital writing. Create visually and sonically rich digital texts with high impact.
  • Periodical writing. Become a sought-after writer for magazines, blogs, newsletters, and websites.
  • Editorial processes and publications. Design, coordinate, and edit publications that engage with readers on both textual and visual levels.
  • Book publishing. Prepare, market and publish fiction, non-fiction, or anthologies of varied works.

Refine your skills through professional experience in our experiential capstone courses!

Our Community

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A note from our faculty:

We're so excited to work and learn with you! We're committed to your success in the program and beyond.

We're always thinking of new ways to design courses that are as fun and interesting as they are challenging.

We love the ingenuity and dedication of Professional Writing students! Many of our students have won writing awards, received grants, and gained research assistantships - you can too!

See you in class!

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A note from our staff:

We are always here ready to support you! We've got the answers to all of your questions, and we're only a phone call or email away.

We're always refining our communications to make sure you have precisely what you need to successfully navigate the program.

See you in South Ross!

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A note from our students:

Join us! We're living it up in the program. We're super active in the Professional Writing Students' Association. Our student webzine, Inventio, is an amazing space to get your work published. A lot of us are also working hard on Existere, a literary journal we run with faculty advisors. There's so much for you to do (along with studying). There's never a dull moment!

We're always here for each other, which makes such a big difference at a big school like York.

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