I’m still breathless from the whirlwind of our first residency in professional writing. Our workshop conversations and guest lectures explored the diverse opportunities available to the professional writer: Crisis communication? We’re on it. Grant writing? Show me the money. Technical writing for corporations? Of course. Press releases, inclusive language, professional style? Check. Check. Check.
These students have now begun their professional writing independent study, bringing with them a variety of professional interests. During independent study, they will explore opportunities for on-the-job projects as well as freelance opportunities in review writing, travel writing, and table-top gaming.
The School of Creative and Professional Writing offers both a one-semester Certificate in Professional Writing and a 35-hour Master of Arts in Writing that includes a semester in editing and publishing. Current MFA students may also take professional writing as an out-of-genre residency or full semester. Feel free to contact me directly for more information: ledwards02 [at] spalding [dot] edu.
Lynnell Edwards is Professor of English and Associate Programs Director for Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing. Her fifth collection of poetry, This Great Green Valley, was recently released by Broadstone Books.