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Professional Writing (Minor)

Why study Professional Writing?

Professional writers are an important part of many businesses, industries, and public and private institutions. Today’s workplace relies on skilled writers for everything from ad copy to technical documentation to web content creation and management.

Professional writers work with knowledge specialists in many different fields and are able to create content in different formats and using a variety of platforms and tools. Professional writers understand a broad range of readers and know the best ways to communicate information to them in written, visual, digital, and oral media.

The Professional Writing minor is designed for students in any major. The program complements all degree programs and gives students tools and skills that are essential to today's work environment.

With a Minor in Professional Writing, you will know:

  • The contemporary conventions of English grammar, usage, style, punctuation and syntax
  • A range of editing skills, including copy-editing and structural editing
  • Strategies for effective communication for different audiences across various platforms
  • Strategies for different approaches to research, interviews, and content creation

Program details

This minor must be combined with a major, specialization or honours program.

  • Minor in Professional Writing (24 credits)

See full degree requirements in the undergraduate calendar.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available.

Fall term deadline:
Canadian citizen or
permanent resident
March 1
International Students February 1
Winter term deadline:
Canadian citizen or
permanent resident
November 1
International students September 1

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Sample classes include:  

  • Principles and Practice of Editing
  • Audience and Purpose in Professional Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing for Business

Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of current English courses, or view class schedules at the class schedule and registration web site by selecting the appropriate information.

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