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Professional Writing

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Professional Writing 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.

The program is designed on a cohort model, where students complete each set of year-level requirements in order, which enables them to build the necessary foundation of knowledge and skills that prepare them for the expectations and assignments at the next level of the program.

Since our courses are small, you will receive mentorship and guidance from supportive professors committed to your success in university and beyond.

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies also offers a number of scholarships, awards and bursaries and emergency funding for students in financial need.

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


Trying to decide between Professional Writing (PRWR) and English and Professional Writing? Thinking about pairing your Honours Major with a PRWR Minor? Check out our FAQs or just ask us!

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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