Study writing at Washburn

The writing emphasis at Washburn is ideal for students interested in both practical and creative writing. We offer a range of rigorous courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, plus a capstone course in which you will edit and produce an issue of a nationally-recognized literary journal. You'll have the opportunity to learn from faculty members who are widely published and award-winning writers.

You'll take courses to learn the basics in writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction, as well as have the opportunity to take advanced courses in each of those writing styles. You'll also take several courses in literature to further your knowledge of and exposure to different styles of literature. There are more specialized courses, including journalism, playwriting, and short stories, you can choose between based upon your own interests. 

Please see the program requirements for a list of the courses required for this emphasis.

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Inscape Literary Magazine

Students in EN384: Publishing Lab, the capstone course for the writing emphasis, will edit and compile the literary magazine Inscape. The magazine features quality works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art from across the country. Click here to visit the Inscape website.

Writing is a valued skill in many career fields; the experience you gain as an English major with a concentration in writing can be invaluable whether you choose to enter the workforce or pursue an advanced degree.

Careers can include: 

  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Magazine or newspaper editor
  • Web content writer
  • Author
  • Screenwriter
  • Advertising professional. 

The ability to write well is critical if you want to continue your education in pursuit of an advanced degree. Some undergraduate English majors go on to law school or graduate school, where their writing and critical thinking skills are well-used in their studies. 

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