Taylor Professor Dennis Hensley Publishes Tenth Writing Textbook

Published: Feb 24, 2017

Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

Dennis E. Hensley, Professor of Professional Writing at Taylor University, has published his tenth textbook on writing, Finding Success with Your Dream Writing Projects (Bold Vision Books). Hensley is the author of 63 published books, including 10 novels, the latest of which is Pseudonym (Whitaker Publishing House, 2016). 

“During my 20 years at Taylor the world of publishing has altered drastically, so I’ve had to write new books to keep up with developments,” Hensley said. “My first textbook, Writing for Profit (Thomas Nelson Co., 1985), was published before the advent of ebooks, the web, smart phones, and online publishing. All of those elements are given major attention in my new book.”

Hensley said most of his books stay in print because many concern specialized topics. For example, his book Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours (Macmillan, 2000) does not go out of print because it covers such basic topics as spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and style. Similarly, his book How to Write What You Love and Make a Living at It (Random House, 2000) focuses on developing creativity, managing time as a writer, understanding the copyright laws, and mastering the art of interviewing, all topics that stay in vogue. The only thing that has changed is that many of these earlier books have now been made available as online downloadable ebooks.

“I write a monthly column on aspects of professional writing for Christian Communicator magazine,” said Hensley. “This keeps me on the cutting edge of what is developing in publishing. Also, I write a weekly blog in which I share insights on writing and marketing (www.dochensley.com). I draw information from literary agents, successful authors, editors, and publishers. My new book is chocked full of such contemporary insights on this business.”

Hensley joined the Taylor faculty in 1997 as a member of the English department on Taylor’s former Fort Wayne campus, and came to Upland in 2009 to chair the newly-formed Department of Professional Writing. He holds four degrees in communication, including a Ph.D. in English from Ball State University.