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Professional Writing and Editing

Any survey of business and nonprofit leaders shows that mastery of writing skills is a top priority when hiring—and woefully lacking in the current applicant pool. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for technical writers will increase 7 percent until at least 2029, a higher-than-average growth rate.

professional writing student on tabletTo meet the need for highly skilled professional writers, we offer a low-residency curriculum designed to give you structured yet individualized study in aspects of professional writing most useful to your specific career goals.

Why Study Professional Writing and Editing at Spalding?

Our low-residency model for professional writing and editing—the first education of its kind in the nation—is more flexible than traditional, campus-based programs and more customizable than one-size-fits-all, online-only programs.

Each semester begins with an on-campus, week-long residency that provides an immersive experience in the world of professional writing and editing, gives you immediate feedback on your own writing, and introduces you to a community of writers and colleagues that will form the foundation of your professional writing network.

After residency, you’ll return home to complete an independent study, working one-on-one with an expert faculty member to zero in on your specific goals as a professional writer. Unlike a cookie-cutter online-only curriculum, the independent study is customized to projects in your current or aspirational workplace.

Whether you spend one semester earning a Graduate Certificate or two semesters earning a Master of Arts in Writing, you can accomplish a variety of career goals:

  • to enter the workforce holding a master’s degree or certificate in a field useful across numerous professions that will enhance your resume and polish a highly desirable skill set.
  • to advance in your current career by refining your professional writing and editing skills or learning new skills that allow you to publish in your field. Your employer may provide reimbursement for tuition.
  • to change your career path or begin work as a professional writer in nonprofit organizations or the business sector.

You’ll master writing skills highly prized in today’s workplace, including arts and humanities organizations, government agencies, corporations, and small businesses. You may explore opportunities for

  • writing for trade and consumer media, including reviews, profiles, interviews, and articles for sports, food, travel, health and science and other publications
  • developing content for online and print media
  • writing for museums
  • creating media campaigns
  • ghostwriting
  • speechwriting
  • grant-writing and proposal development
  • video and online game development

The curriculum is also designed to help you advance in soft skills valued in the workplace, such as critical thinking, collaboration, organization, presentation, and communication skills.

As a certificate student or first-semester MAW student, you’ll focus on narrative structure, persuasion, editing, publishing, and specific professional writing modes. As a second-semester MAW student, you will complete a portfolio that showcases your writing and editing for the professional world.

You will also gain an understanding of creative writing techniques. Story structure, narrative arc, character development and the like will make you a better storyteller, whether you’re working in corporate communications, scripting industrial films, writing grants, or doing freelance journalism.

Our Professional Writing and Editing faculty includes accomplished writers and editors working in the worlds of online and print publishing, podcasting, gaming, and more.

We are committed to offering affordable education. Certificate and MAW students may matriculate into the MFA program if they want a terminal creative writing degree, earning both the certificate + MFA or the MAW + MFA for about the same cost as the MFA alone.