Professional Writing Major

Professional Writing

Writing is changing faster than almost any other professional field. Changes in digital communication, in social media, in digital printing—not to mention the ability to combine writing with still images, audio, video and interactive media—have forever changed which skills a writer needs and which opportunities face a writer after graduation.

If you are passionate about a career as a writer, you'll need not only a strong foundation in the mechanics of good writing and editing, plus a storyteller's gift for narrative and a poet's eye for telling detail, but you may also benefit from grounding in graphic design, video storytelling or other new media abilities.

The Professional Writing Bachelor of Science program at Champlain is one of the few undergraduate writing programs that's keeping pace with this exciting and rapidly transforming landscape. Like more traditional writing programs, Champlain's offers excellent courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting, but you'll also learn how to create your own online portfolio or blog and learn how to draw an audience to it.

In short, no matter what type of writing you want to do, this program prepares you to thrive as a writer in the real world.


Customize your Writing Degree

  • Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll be taking Creative Writing, as well as at least three other courses from the Professional Writing curriculum in your first year at Champlain. 

  • Our Professional Writing faculty, who represent an extraordinary range of experience and achievement in the writing world, will teach you the technical and creative expertise you need stand out in this highly competitive field.

  • You'll build a highly marketable resume and portfolio through our extensive Professional Writing internship opportunities at places like Eating Well magazine and Rolling Stone.

  • We'll offer you the option to tailor your degree program with a specialization in Journalism or Screenwriting.

  • You'll be able to work at the cutting edge of contemporary publishing with the Champlain College Publishing Initiative.
  • A global perspective, so important in a writer's development, is built right into the program. You can spend a semester studying at one of our campuses in Montreal, Dublin, or anywhere in the world through our study-abroad partners.

  • You are part of the generation that changed how (and where!) we view media. Now it's your turn to determine the future. Envision your career success.

  • Find out what you need to know to apply to this popular major.

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