Professional Writing

Writing is changing faster than almost any other professional field. Transformations in digital communication, social media, digital printing — and the ability to combine writing with still images, audio, video and interactive media — have forever changed the skills a writer needs and the opportunities that face a writer after graduation. If you are passionate about a career as a writer, not only will you need 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 a grounding in graphic design, video storytelling and other new-media skills.

Champlain's Bachelor of Science program in Professional Writing 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 offers excellent courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting, but you'll also learn how to create your own online writing sample or blog and learn how to draw an audience to it. Our unparalleled range of electives includes unusual options such as food writing, children's books and songwriting, as well as career-focused courses such as grant writing, technical writing, copy-editing and publishing.

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

  • Take Creative Writing, as well as at least three other courses from the Professional Writing curriculum in your first year at Champlain, thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum.
  • Learn from our Professional Writing faculty who represent an extraordinary range of experience and achievement in the writing world. They will teach you the technical and creative expertise you need stand out in this highly competitive field.
  • Build a highly marketable resume and portfolio through our extensive Professional Writing internship opportunities at places like Eating Well magazine and Rolling Stone.
  • Tailor your degree program with a specialization in Journalism, Publishing or Screenwriting.
  • Work at the cutting edge of contemporary publishing with the Champlain College Publishing Initiative.
  • Gaining a global perspective is so important in a writer's development. Spend a semester studying at one of our campuses in Montreal, Dublin, or anywhere in the world through our study-abroad partners.
  • Become a part of the generation that changes how (and where!) we view media. Envision your career success.
  • Find out what you need to know to apply to this popular major.