Writing Studies

Hannah, a former Writing Studies major, gained hands-on experience working with the local community through an internship with the United Way of Harrisonburg, VA

Kendra, an alumni English major with a Writing Studies minor, served as an editorial intern at MennoMedia. She was able to take part in a variety of projects that gave her a more complete understanding of the responsibilities of an editor.

Krista, a former Spanish minor, traveled to Colombia, South America over the summer of 2013 to investigate responses to violence as part of an internship.

In 2011, Anna graduated from EMU with a minor in TESOL and a teaching endorsement in ESL PreK-12 and History & Social Science 6-12. After graduating, she taught English at a public high school in Sapporo, Japan, for two years.

Ben, a former Writing Studies major, helped to launch the Mennonite Community Cookbook blog, which populates and feeds Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Camila used to teach as Waterman Elementary School's resource teacher for its Foreign Language in Elementary Schools program. She cited as a Teacher of Promise, an award given to the best and brightest of Virginia’s beginning teachers.

Justine, a former Writing Studies major, interned in EMU's Marketing office. She wrote nine articles, including some event previews, event coverage, several profile features and a historical feature.

In regard to her writing, alumni English major Tamara says, "Four years ago, I signed my first publishing contract for my first novel 'Broken Crowns'. Ten books have followed with more in the works.

Donovan, Ph.D. in English Literature from Temple University, now teaches at Hesston College (KS). He writes: "The literature courses that I took at EMU provided much of the groundwork that I needed for my graduate education."

Writing studies at EMU involves a challenging investigation of various creative genres, writing for particular professions, English grammar, English literature, and practical experience in peer teaching, publishing, and internship settings.

Students work closely with faculty members who are published writers and interact with visiting writers through workshops and summer retreats.

A Unique & Flexible Program

The writing studies major is by intention small and flexible. Majors are encouraged to double major or minor in their other areas of interest.

Simultaneous study in other fields challenges writers to broaden their knowledge bases by exploring other subjects in-depth.

Students become more informed as writers and, in turn, use their writing and rhetorical skills to contribute more easily to study of other fields.

Careers in Writing

The writing studies major at EMU prepares students for careers in editing, publishing, journalism, and technical writing. Those who wish to pursue studies in creative writing produce portfolios of work suitable for graduate school application.

Writing studies graduates have strong and flexible communication skills, enhancing their desirability as employees in any field they may wish to pursue.

All majors are expected to attend all Writers Read events and participate in year-end readings.

Core Writing Courses 12 SH

WRIT 200 Intro to Creative Writing

LING 250 Intro to Linguistics
LING 260 Grammars of English

News and Feature Writing
*WRIT 380, 381, 383 Professional Writing Series

WRIT 400 Senior Thesis

Creative Workshops  12 SH

Choose four of the following courses:

*WRIT 351 Fiction Writing
*WRIT 352 Creative Nonfiction
*WRIT 370 Poetry
*WRIT 421 Adv Fiction
*WRIT 422 Adv Nonfiction
*WRIT 423 Adv Poetry

Literature Course 3 SH
Choose from 300-level ENGL courses and SPAN 301, 420, and 430  
Writing Practicum 3 SH
Choose 3 SH from the following courses:
WRIT 391 Editing and Publishing: Weather Vane
LARTS 390-391 Peer Tutoring
WRIT 390 Phoenix
WRIT 470 Internship
Electives 6+ SH
Choose 6 SH from the following courses (Note that some courses have prerequisites):
Additional WRIT or LING courses not taken above ENGL courses 300-level or above
HUM 200 Foundations of Humanities
LARTS 390-391 Peer Tutoring
*SPAN 301 The Art of Storytelling
 *SPAN 320 Constructing Identities
*SPAN 325 The Latino Experience
SPAN 340 Intro to Translation and Interpretation
*SPAN 420 Narratives of Trauma and Resilience
*SPAN 430 Marginalized Voices
THR 360 Playwriting
*THR 361 Screenwriting
VACA 367 Hybrid Storytelling
*VACA 465 Visual Storytelling: Nonfiction
*VACA 466 Visual Storytelling: Fiction

View course descriptions in the academic catalog

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