Reading and writing — masterfully and creatively — are even more important skills today than ever before. If you love a good novel; if you’ve already written poems or stories; if you want to have the time to write; if you’ve been blogging about your travels or experiences; if you want to break into the communications sector and mold ideas through social media; if you want to meet others who have found success as writers — the Creative & Professional Writing major provides the focus, skills, and creative energy in an awesome location!
Creative & Professional Writing students will:
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Enhance effective communication skills
- Build a portfolio
- Learn about publishing
- Gain work-ready skills
- Create publication-ready content
In addition to students who have gone on to graduate school, students who focus on writing have become:
- Technical writers for engineering firms
- Public relations specialists
- Business owners
- Managers for non-profit organizations
Creative Writing Workshop:
In a workshop environment, students investigate the creative writing process and its products, with emphasis on the individual student’s development as a writer. Students work as writers and peer readers, with each individual focused on completion of a major project.
This seminar provides the student with know-how, guidance, confidence, and camaraderie to navigate the publication process. Looking at the rapidly changing publication and distribution systems of the 21st century, students conduct their own online research, present their findings to their peers, and reveal publication and placement options.
Mass Communication in the Age of Social Media:
Emphasis in this seminar is placed on understanding how media influences individuals and communities as well as how mass communication is being shaped by content creation and information distribution through social media.
Institute & Program Area
APU’s Institute of Culture & Environment promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Liberal Studies, Marine and Environmental Sciences, and Outdoor Studies. Honoring Alaska’s cultural and geographic diversity, the Institute prepares students to address and engage our region’s complex and unique challenges.
Moving ideas! When you want to combine creative thinking with practical skills, choose any of the Liberal Studies programs and put your talent to work. Whether your outlet is in music, poetry or media and communications– whether you aim to improve the planet or enhance well-being one person at a time – our programs provide meaningful pathways to meet your goals.