Incoming Professional Writing majors at Communication meeting

Professional Writing Major/Minor

The Pitch for Professional Writing

The unique Professional Writing major trains students to write for a variety of media outlets: newspapers, magazines, movies, stage plays, online publications, books, and more. You will pitch stories, articles, and books to potential publishers and become published during your first semester. Professional Writing students learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry, while broadening their writing skills across a variety of forms and genres, including:

  • Fiction genres: suspense, fantasy, science fiction, comedy, experimental, flash, historical, western, etc.
  • Nonfiction genres: reviews, devotions, magazine and feature writing, news reporting, web writing, business writing, blogging, etc.

An Elite Writing Setting

Bestselling authors, literary agents, and editors frequently speak in professional writing classes and teach seminars, allowing students to meet and network with professionals in their field. Courses in the Professional Writing program are taught by faculty who work in the publishing industry as editors and published writers and who desire to see all students thrive in their careers and faith.

Writing courses focus on analyzing publishers and publications, gaining basic Adobe Creative Suite design skills, and learning the publishing process from acquisitions and writing to editing and publicity. You will learn to examine the technical aspects of writing as well as various forms and phases of the editing process. Our students are encouraged to explore a variety of communications and writing styles to identify which kind fits them best. Over your four years at Taylor, you will fill a freelance writing portfolio with your own published writing that will impress future employers.

I’ve observed Taylor University’s unparalleled writing major over the years ... TU’s Professional Writing program teaches you not only to be a great writer but also how to send your writing into the world. You’ll learn the publishing industry from the inside out. Jerry B. Jenkins, author of 195 books including the bestselling Left Behind series

Minor in Professional Writing

Gain a foundational knowledge of the publishing world while sharpening your writing skills with a Professional Writing minor. Learn the business side of writing and how to navigate the world of agents and editors. This minor pairs well with majors in Strategic Communication, Public Relations, Marketing, Graphic Art, and History.

Professional Writing Conference

Join current and aspiring authors (teens to adults) for a two-day writing conference full of fiction, nonfiction, platform & marketing, and specialty writing workshops. You will learn from professional writers and network with agents and editors who can take you to the next level in your writing.

If you are a high school student aged 16 or older, choose our Teen Track. You can enjoy the writing workshops during the day and fun activities with current Professional Writing majors on Friday evening.

Learn More

Professional Writing Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact the Communication Department

Linda Taylor, Assistant Professor of Professional Writing

Donna Downs, Co-Chair of the Communication Department

Alan Blanchard, Co-Chair of the Communication Department

Tammy Armstrong, Communication Program Assistant