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.

Upside-Down Curriculum

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, copyediting 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.

Faculty

Learn from faculty who are dedicated writers, published authors, poets and journalists. Meet our Professional Writing faculty. 

Specializations

As a Professional Writing major, you have the option to specialize in Journalism, Publishing and Screenwriting. Gain fundamental skills of journalism and how journalists use online and social media venues to disseminate news in the Journalism specialization or compose story ideas in film, character development, conflict, dialogue, dramatic structure and script formatting with our specialization in Screenwriting. You can also complete print and digital projects to build skills in editing, design, illustration, marketing, social media and event planning with our Publishing specialization.

Champlain College Publishing Initiative

If you take the Publishing in the 21st Century class, you will work on real-world projects through the unique Champlain College Publishing Initiative (CCPI). Students in the program have developed creative and innovative projects, ranging from traditional forms such as children's books to avant-garde products such as interactive e-books, as they customize their program of study to meet their specific interests. Learn more about CCPI.

Career & Portfolio Focus

Build your website and online portfolio, and use social media to drive traffic to your site. Develop professional contacts, learn to navigate ethical and legal issues in the profession, and contact editors and publishers. 

Extra-Curriculars

Get involved  in the various publications at Champlain. Write for the Champlain Crossover and Chivomengro, the College's online zines, or be a member of the editorial board for Willard & Maple, a national literary magazine based at Champlain. Perform around town at open mic nights, or attend one of the campus poetry and moth readings hosted by Willard & Maple