Professional and Creative Writing

Overview

A minor

Having good writing skills is a necessity in today’s world. Whether you are composing a cover letter, a blog, a white paper, a poem, or a story, you will find that perfecting the craft of written communication is vital to professional success and personal creative fulfillment.

We are bombarded with content equivalent to 174 newspapers each day, according to a 2011 study by the University of California. (And that conclusion was based on information from 2007.) To get someone’s attention, your writing must really stand out.

A minor in Professional and Creative Writing will help you develop skills in a variety of settings designed to provide a full exploration of genres. Options range from feature writing for magazines and the Web to newspaper journalism and creative writing such as poetry and fiction.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

A minor in Professional and Creative Writing will enable you to develop skills in research, writing, critical thinking, and communication, which are in demand in all professions. You will also be well prepared to pursue graduate studies in a number of fields.

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Requirements

For a 12-credit minor:

Four (4) courses. At least one (1) offered by the Department of Communication, and at least one (1) in creative writing offered by the Department of English and Cultural Studies

At least one (1) course at the 400 level

Students will choose courses from the following:

  • Written Communication (COM251)
  • Writing for New Media (COM351)
  • Print Journalism (COM355)
  • Script to Screen (COM443)
  • Writing Articles for Publication (COM451)
  • Poetry Writing Workshop (LCS370)
  • Fiction Writing Workshop (LCS371)
  • Advanced Poetry Writing (LCS470)

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To learn more, please contact:

Mary Lyons, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Communication
mlyons@bryant.edu

BRYANT’S POET LAUREATE

Tom Chandler
Professor of Creative Writing

The written word moves mountains, and Chandler’s work has stirred national applause. Throughout his prestigious career, he has been honored as the poet laureate of Rhode Island, and a featured poet at the Library of Congress, Providence mayoral inaugurations, and at the homestead of Robert Frost. Chandler has authored six books of poetry, the most recent is Guitars of the Stars. On campus, he is the founder and editor of the Bryant Literary Review, a journal of poetry and fiction.

Fulbright scholar in Barcelona

José Gonzalez ’89
Professor of English, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

José Gonzalez ’89, English professor for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, came to the United States at the age of eight from El Salvador. Then, he knew no English; now he holds a Ph.D. in English. Among his many teaching accolades, he served as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in Barcelona during the spring 2012 semester. While completing his undergraduate work at Bryant in business communication, he was heavily involved with the Multicultural Student Union; he later completed a master’s in English at Brown University, and then went to the University of Rhode Island for his doctorate.