Braving the Professional Writing Department

Anne Marie Lovell


As someone who is not an English major, signing up for a professional writing class can be intimidating. I was nervous not only because I am an Art major, but also because it had been years since I’d written anything that could be described as professional. What would it be like to be in a class full of people who’d been honing their writing skills in college via beautifully crafted essays, with nothing to offer in comparison aside from my rough, run-on sentences? Before finding the proper resources and receiving encouragement, I doubt I would have enrolled in any of these classes. Now, I am planning to get a minor in professional writing.

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Master Writing. Literally.


EH 592 A Master's Level Course in Digital PublishingAttending graduate school should not be taken lightly. But for those students determined to extend their education and give themselves an edge in the professional world, the UAB Department of English’s Masters in Rhetoric and Composition should be considered.For students wanting to become a composition teacher or become a professional writer or editor, this advanced degree focuses on the art and execution on precise language as well as giving students an understanding of the history of rhetoric and public discourse.To learn more about this intensely rewarding degree visit the Rhetoric and Composition information page and to apply.


The Professional Writer’s Path to Graduate School


Andrew Faustmann

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Many students attend graduate school to further concentrate their skills and knowledge for their future career; however, not every school is going to have the curriculum that supports your future. So, instead of wasting the two years of school and several thousand dollars, you should research each school carefully before applying.

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