College of Communication & Creative Arts - Writing Arts
Writing Arts Jobs
The Writing Arts department is one of only a few stand-alone writing majors in the United States. Many of our students are dual majors, preparing to teach in pre K-3, elementary, or secondary schools. Our stand-alone majors are interested in writing for industry, working in the publishing field and engaging in creative or literary ventures. Some of our students opt to go on to graduate school for degrees in Fine Arts, English, or Education.
Because our program falls within the liberal arts tradition and offers so many options, plan to think in creative and entrepreneurial ways about careers. While you’re not likely to pick up the newspaper see “Wanted: Writing Arts graduate,” the skills you develop as a highly trained reader and writer are integral to a variety of workplaces: the ability to read critically, analyze, articulate, and edit is sought after by many employers. Use those research and analytical skills to finding the right career for you. Some of the many options include: public relations writer, magazine writer, specialized journal writer, technical writer, web content developer, copywriter, journalist, and editor.
We strongly suggest that our stand-alone majors develop an additional content focus, such as our concentration in Creative Writing. You may also, under the direction of an adviser, develop a focus in a field like Biology, English, History, or Sociology, thus preparing to write in a particular content area.
To enhance the work students do in the classroom, we strongly advise you to seek out internships while at Rowan; many students find internships during the summer months. We have a list of available positions near the College of Communication & Creative Arts main office in Bozorth Hall. Internships, when approved by a student’s adviser, may be taken for three or six credit hours. You can also find internship openings in the CAP Center, by checking with your adviser, and by sending query letters to places you might be interested in working. One of the most important things you can do is network: develop relationships with your professors, advisers, and acquaintances. Attend campus events and get involved in campus activities; even small projects, like writing for a club or organization, can get your work noticed by a wider audience. Let people know your interests and keep alert for opportunities!
What could be more exciting than seeing your name on a published piece of writing? In addition to coursework and internships, there are many campus publications you can contribute to. The Whit, Rowan’s student newspaper, Avant, the literary magazine, and Venue, an arts and opinion publication, are great places to learn about writing and to get your work in print. Many of our students have published articles as free lance writers even before graduating—in venues like South Jersey Mom and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Our recent graduates are working in a range of positions and fields. Our dual majors are very often the “writing specialists” in their schools; their background in Writing Arts gives them an uncommon level of expertise in teaching language arts. Many Writing Arts graduates find themselves happily working in careers they would never have anticipated: for example, one graduate produces and coordinates all the written information for a food industry consulting company. Another graduate writes for an online style magazine. Yet another works as a designer for a hospital’s website. All of these careers demonstrate the different directions a Writing Arts degree can take you!
For additional information, please see your academic adviser or check out these resources:
Career Opportunities In Writing by Allan Taylor
Careers for Writers and Others Who Have a Way with Words by Robert Bly
Careers in Publishing by Blythe Camenson