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Northwest Missouri State University


Writing: Professional Writing

Wherever you work, you will write. If you want to be successful at your job, you will need to be good at writing.

Professional Writing students build the skills in written communication and critical thinking that employers demand. Students engage in a broad range of practical and theoretical experiences that emphasize workplace genres, audiences, and problem-solving.

Writing faculty are nationally recognized experts in language and writing, who hold terminal academic degrees and real-world professional writing backgrounds.

Professional Writing Certificate

The 12-hour Professional Writing Certificate is a complement to any major. Students complete just four classes, and receive permanent, official, university certification on their transcripts that they have the written communication skills employers want.

Career Opportunities

Job titles related to this major include:
Technical writer
Analyst
Marketing director
Editor
Project manager
Public relations specialist
Knowledge manager
Grant writer
Consultant
Usability expert

Professional-Based Learning

Students in professional writing complete practicum-based exercises in genres of the workplace, including real-world projects for regional businesses and organizations.

GreenTower Press is a small press supported by the department, and managed by two faculty members. GreenTower Press publishes a highly lauded literary magazine, The Laurel Review. Each term, student interns gain professional publishing experience with GreenTower Press and The Laurel Review. Students work as editors-in-training at The Laurel Review, where they read, judge and edit manuscripts for publication.

Internships

Although internships are not required with the English major, they are highly encouraged. Interns have worked with the following organizations:
GreenTower Press (Northwest campus)
KZLX radio station (Northwest campus)
Grant coordinator (Northwest campus)
Northwest Missourian (student newspaper)
Tower yearbook
Better Homes and Gardens
Nodaway County Historical Society
A to Z Communications