Creative & Professional Writing (Certificate)


"You are what you write..."--Natalie Canavor, author, Business Writing Today

Your writing reflects the way your mind works.  That's why applicants with strong communication skills have an edge in the job marketplace.

For some people, writing---or teaching it---is a profession.  But regardless of your career aspirations, writing is a valuable life skill.  If you want to write, teach, publish, or simply advance, the Department of English can help you achieve that goal. 

The Creative & Professional Writing Certificate is an 18-hour curriculum aimed at skill-building for career advancement.
This program is fast and flexible, featuring small, writing-intensive courses that will build your portfolio.

Coursework will enable you to:

  • Build on existing skills and develop new ones.
  • Gain confidence so that you can stop re-thinking and compose more quickly.
  • Organize your thoughts and ideas for maximum readability and impact.
  • Find your voice and hone your style.
  • Practice writing and proofreading to reduce grammatical and word choice errors.
  • Develop a written portfolio in multiple modes and media platforms.
  • Skill up to move up.

Whether you need to write emails, letters, digital content, proposals, reports or presentations; or aim to write books, stories, poems or scripts, the Department of English can help you do it with skill and style.

What will you learn?

This academically rigorous certificate program will help you refine your communication skills and add value to your degree. You will be able to use professional writing skills and appropriate technology to produce new and traditional media for informative, entertainment, and persuasive purposes. Locate, utilize, and synthesize sources to support communication and objectives. Evaluate the ethical issues related to professional writing practices.The program requirements can be found at this link.

What will you do?

Popular Careers for Writers include:

  • Proposal Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Senior Technical Writer
  • Senior Copywriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Managing Editor
  • Web Content Specialist
  • Legal Secretary
  • Publications Editor
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Copywriter
  • Web Content Editor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Public Relations (PR) Specialist
  • Proofreader
  • Grant Writer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Assistant Editor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Editorial Assistant
Faculty and Staff
  • Dr. Ji Young Kim (Chair)
  • Dr. Beth Bir (Assistant Chair)
  • Ms. Vickie Bannon (Administrative Support Associate)
  • Dr. Sara Boissonneau
  • Dr. Brenda Hammack
  • Dr. Brooksie Harrington
  • Dr. Eric Hyman
  • Ms. LaTasha Jones
  • Dr. Sarah Lyons
  • Dr. Nicole McFarlane
  • Dr. Edward McShane
  • Dr. Joshua Murray
  • Dr. Micki Nyman
  • Dr. Maria Orban
  • Dr. Dean Swinford
  • Dr. Chuck Tryon
  • Dr. Alison Van Nyhuis
  • Professor Carole Weatherford
  • Ms. Toni Thomas
  • Ms. Crystal Edmonds
  • Dr. Gladys Rosser
  • Dr. Dorothy Tatum
  • Ms. Tecarra Sutton