Professional Writing

Fontbonne’s professional writing program, the only one of its kind in the St. Louis area, blends the theoretical study of effective written communication with the practical application of writing skills in a variety of formats and contexts. You’ll develop a well-rounded understanding of the production of professional-quality creative, professional, and academic texts. This program will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in any number of careers that require excellent written communication as well as in your personal and civic life.

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Professional Writing Program Highlights

  • There are no other writing majors in this market—this one is unique.
  • Opportunity to participate in the digital platform Griffin Roar.
  • Provides the foundation to pursue several options for emphasis in communication, journalism, creative writing, publishing and editing, or professional writing.
  • Exposure to a variety of writing formats and a range of writing classes.
  • In depth study of the theory of writing, grounded in solid writing skills and techniques.
  • Select writing courses specific to your interests, including both professional and creative writing options.
  • Work closely with faculty in small classes.
  • Become a part of Fontbonne’s community of writers — a supportive group of people who are writing together or separately.
  • Become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, Fontbonne’s chapter of the national English honor society.

Professional Writing Course Samples

  • ENG 201

    Business Writing

    3 credits

    The theory behind the practice of various forms of business writing—letters, memos, proposals and reports. Emphasis on formulating communication objectives, analyzing the audience, structuring the message, and adopting an appropriate style. Individualized projects allow students to adapt the course to their own needs. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent.

  • ENG 303

    History of the English Language

    3 credits

    Study of the English language, including an overview of modern grammar and linguistics, the growth of the language, and its relation to other languages and to the historical periods of English literature. Offered even years.

  • ENG 200

    Introduction to English

    3 credits

    Provides majors with a foundation in the concepts and methods of literary analysis necessary for further literary study. Exploration of distinctive aspects of literary genres. Practice in close reading and application of varied critical approaches through writing about literary texts. Serves as introduction to the purposes and scope of the majors in literary studies, English for secondary certification, and professional writing.

Career Opportunities

  • Multi-Media Journalist
  • Content Producer
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Communications manager
  • Public relations professional
  • Grant Writer
  • Author
  • Law

Professional Writing Career Opportunities

Alumni in the workforce

  • Multi-Media Journalist
  • Fiction Writer
  • Health Care Communication
  • Customer experience and marketing
  • Law

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 |