Professional Writing: The Program

Professional writing is defined as writing as a profession or writing to a specific standard/style for a specific job or situation. Taught by nationally recognized writers, authors, and communication experts, the two–year diploma Professional Writing program at Algonquin College is designed to provide you with the independent and collaborative skills you need to pursue a career as a professional writer.

The program includes both organizational and creative writing to help you build a versatile and valuable skill set that will allow you to work with a variety of media and in a variety of fields. The courses emphasize the importance of attention to detail and critical thinking and are designed to teach you how to alter your “voice” depending on the content in which you’re writing. You will learn to research, write, edit, proofread, and manage the production process; all of which are skills that are highly marketable in many work contexts.

In addition to building exceptional writing skills for both print and electronic media, this program will also teach you to:

  • Edit your own and others’ writing
  • Work independently and collaboratively
  • Efficiently utilize computers and writing software
  • Understand the production process of various media
  • Be aware of historical and cultural contexts in writing (for Canadian media)
  • Create engaging story lines and characters

One of the most unique aspects of the program is http://spineonline.ca a website created specifically for students of the program to create a collection of excellent work – including blogs, fiction, personal essays, humour, features, reviews, and opinion pieces – each year. It is an ode to the history of deep respect, caring, and love that the students have (as readers and writers) for literature, a value reflected by both the program and the website.

If you maintain a B average or higher in this program, you will earn the opportunity to work in a seven–week field placement that will allow you to get valuable hands–on experience and begin networking with potential employers. Additionally, this program is partnered with St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, and Royal Rhodes University in Victoria to offer articulation programs. You may also consider furthering your study in Algonquin’s  Advertising,  Public Relations, Scriptwriting, Journalism or Broadcasting – Television or Broadcasting – Radio programs.

Learn more about the program here: http://www.algonquincollege.com/mediaanddesign/program/professional-writing/

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