Professional Writing

Write Well

If you are moved to communicate via the written word, the Professional Writing concentration may be right for you. This program will help you develop and improve your writing skills. Here’s how: You will read excellent writing; you will learn to meet deadlines; you will accept and apply critiques of your work; you will understand your audience and write for their ears.

In short, you will explore the profession. You will live and breathe the craft, trying your hand at creative writing, journalistic writing, promotional writing, and technical writing. You will write a lot.

Write Your Own Ending

You can write an ending to your story by deciding where to go for your bachelor’s degree after graduation. Since Professional Writing is a concentration within the Liberal Arts & Sciences program, your curriculum will also include general education requirements such as math, lab science, and social science. This MassTransfer block of courses prepares you to transfer all of your credits to any public college or university in Massachusetts, as long as your grades meet their requirements.

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Tips for Writers from Author Stephen King in On Writing

  1. First write for yourself and then worry about the audience.
    “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”
  2. Don’t use passive voice.
    “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”
  3. Avoid adverbs.
    “The adverb is not your friend.”
  4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”
  5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar.
    “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”
  6. The magic is in you.
    “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”
  7. Read, read, read.
    “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
  8. Don’t worry about making other people happy.
    “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
  9. Turn off the TV.
    “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”
  10. You have three months.
    “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”