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Professional Writing

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

This program offers a unique opportunity to get practical experience in the profession of writing. Our students develop inventive approaches to writing that keep pace with cultural, social and technological changes. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers who recognize the need for talented communicators. 

By joining the Professional Writing Program, you become part of a community of writers who learn to recognize and communicate in a variety of genres and styles appropriate to their audience, as they participate in experiential opportunities, collaborative projects, and extra-curricular activities, such as the Professional Writing Students' Association and Existere - Journal of Art and Literature.

Our students find our program invaluable in preparing themselves for the world outside the university, whether they find themselves writing as a profession or in a profession. See what they say about the program here!

Check out our Degree Options & Requirements below!

Trying to decide between Professional Writing (PRWR) and English and Professional Writing? We can help! Thinking about pairing your Honours Major with a PRWR Minor? Check this out!

What you’ll learn 

  • The history, theory and practice of writing  
  • Digital writing 
  • Organizational and business writing 
  • Periodical writing or publishing 
  • Editing and book publishing 

Hands-on experiences 

  • Creating a live podcast  
  • Editing and publishing books
  • Creating websites
  • Developing outreach projects for community organizations
  • Working as communications consultants

We focus on writing as a profession and in a profession. Part of how we do that is to recognize that professional writing is a creative process that ultimately has a positive impact on all types of writing. We build a sense of community through cohort progression and direct interaction with faculty.

Andrea McKenzie
Professor, Professional Writing

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