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Write Your Own Future

Become a dynamic thinker and develop irreplaceable writing skills that employers need.

Division of Communication & Creative Media 
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Put your words to work.

A working writer needs more than just creative writing fundamentals. In this program, you’ll combine that artistry and craft with developing marketable skills ready for the workplace. Customize your degree with classes in marketing and publicity, filmmaking, journalism, professional pathways in publishing, digital storytelling, and genre-specific writing.

What Is Writing & Publishing?

Writing and publishing studies encompass a focus on creative writing craft and technique, as well as professional practices that explore how to submit, market, and showcase your work. You’ll also have the opportunity to study professional fields in publishing, including editorial, marketing, journalism, layout & design, and content creation for emerging media. These are the skills that will best prepare you to become a working writer. If you’re excited to start telling your stories, we invite you to get creative with us at Champlain.

Why Study it at Champlain?

Like all of Champlain’s academic programs, Writing & Publishing is grounded in hands-on learning that puts you at the center of your studies. You’ll have the support of faculty and career counselors to explore the field and uncover your calling. While you’ll certainly explore literature and learn to critique writing, you’ll do so much more than this by exploring beyond the boundaries of a traditional English program.

Our classes are taught by creative faculty actively publishing their own work and maintaining their own professional careers, bringing that experience directly to you. They also bring their professional contacts into the classroom so you can benefit from interacting with visiting authors, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals, and can practice building your own connections for the future. In addition, you’ll gain valuable experience in various fields through project-based and professional practices courses, internships, and through contributing to our student-run publications.

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Different by Design

Learn From Practitioners

Classes are led by creative faculty who are actively publishing their own work.

Create With Like Minds

You’ll make valuable connections right in the classroom with visiting authors, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals.

Make It Real, Right Away

You can join student-run publications like Willard & Maple, The Crossover, The Well, and Chivomengro.


of Writing & Publishing majors in the Class of 2023 were employed within six months of graduation. That’s success you can see.


The mean annual wage for writers and authors in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Best

The 2024 Fiske Guide to Colleges names Champlain College among the 300 “best and most interesting” colleges in the U.S., Canada, and United Kingdom.

Sample Courses in the Writing & Publishing Major

Our Writing & Publishing curriculum is designed for students who are passionate about writing and are looking for a degree that offers in-depth and versatile experiences to apply to a career of their choice. You’ll be able to tailor your academic experience to your personal interests and the type of writing you want to pursue professionally through selecting elective courses or and optional Editing & Publishing concentration. Check out some of the engaging and hands-on courses in our program.

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Career Success

Our students enter the industry with professional experience and a portfolio of work. 100% of Writing & Publishing majors in the Class of 2023 were employed within six months of graduation.

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By the time you graduate, you will …

  • Have spent time in classes and workshops preparing for life after college;
  • Taken professional practice courses that will enhance your digital presence on numerous social media platforms;
  • Prepared your cover letter, résumé, and portfolio for the job market;
  • Strategized your career plans and developed professional contacts;
  • Taken courses in marketing and public relations so you can promote yourself; and
  • Navigated ethical and legal issues in the profession.

You’ll Find a Career In…

  • Copywriting
  • Reporting
  • Grant Writing
  • Communications
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Column Writing
  • A high-school-aged student uses a camera at Champlain's pre-college summer program
    Pre-College Summer Program: Filmmaking & Media Production Exploration Academy

    The Filmmaking & Media Production Exploration Academy offers students the opportunity to learn about many of the different jobs available in creating content for film, television, and streaming – including movies, web series, documentaries, commercials, social media, drama, comedy and more. Students work together in a hands-on, supportive environment under the guidance of industry experts with extensive experience working at major film studios and networks.

    This program is for students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates.

    Learn More on the Pre-College Summer Program Website

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