Who is today’s professional writer?
- A reporter typing into a blog on deadline.
- A company spokeswoman crafting a message for the Web.
- A public health specialist writing press release on how to avoid the latest flu virus
- A freelance writer conferring with a magazine editor on a new business story.
- An author interviewing a famed scientist for a Web article.
- A political blogger asking tough questions at a mayoral press conference.
- A communications manager producing an online company newsletter.
A professional writing program prepares students to produce clear, concise and effective prose using new digital tools while maintaining the rigor and discipline of the print world. A practical alternative to journalism and creative writing programs, the Regis College professional writing track in the Communications Department responds to the demands of the new media landscape while encouraging students to exercise their creativity, explore career options, and become adept at both producing and analyzing information. Instruction is by professionals in journalism, public relations, communications and creative nonfiction who will cover in-demand areas such as health, science or business writing, writing for nonprofits, and public relations. Students will participate in a tailored internship designed to provide hands-on experience and real-world contacts. A capstone project, required in the Advanced Professional Writing course, will be the cornerstone of an e-portfolio that can be used for job hunting and career development. A professional writing program enhances and builds on the skills of English, history and political science majors as well as those in fields like nursing or public health. The program is also structured for mid-career professionals who hope to change direction or enhance skills. Courses use traditional in-class format on evening and weekends as well as hybrid delivery.
With a concentration in professional writing through the Master of Science in Organizational & Professional Communication, you will:
• Gain and improve writing skills through hands-on lessons and instruction by professionals in journalism, public relations, communications, and creative nonfiction
• Practice applying new technologies in social media and digital publication
• Learn skills for in-demand areas such as health, science or business writing, writing for nonprofits, and public relations
• Take internships for real-world experience
Regis College’s professional writing courses use traditional on-the-ground format on evening and weekends along with hybrid delivery so working professionals can enhance skills and build a portfolio.
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