Great writers do more than craft polished sentences. They are storytellers with the ability to draw readers into the heart of complex characters and conflicts.

Great writers are also ardent readers who are instructed and inspired by where literature has been, and in finding their own voice and refining their own talents. As a Writing, Editing & Publishing major at Emmanuel College, you will analyze the creative form and historical context of literary works and apply learned techniques to your own writing in the changing literary landscape. Alongside the study of literature, you will undertake intensive coursework in writing with the opportunity to focus on a particular genre, such as literary non-fiction, fiction, poetry or journalism. With a remarkable number of undergraduate student publications, our WEP program prepares our students to make their mark on the literary landscape and wherever they go professionally and in their lives.

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The Curriculum

View the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. in Writing, Editing & Publishing

1. Rhetorical Knowledge (one course)

  • ENGL1205 Introduction to Literary Methods (AI-L) (LI)

2. British Literature (one course)

  • ENGL2101 English Literature I (AI-L) (LI)
  • ENGL2102 English Literature II (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • ENGL2106 Irish Identities: Literature and Culture (AI-L) (LI)
  • ENGL2321 Love and Gender in British Literature and Film 
  • ENGL2402 Shakespeare: Tragedies, Comedies, Histories and Romances (AI-L)
  • ENGL2406 The Rise of the British Novel (AI-L) (LI) 
  • ENGL2408 The Modern British Novel: Empire and After (AI-L) (LI) (DM)

3. American Literature (one course)

  • ENGL2304 American Voices I: U.S. Literature to 1865 (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • ENGL2309 The Haves and the Have- Nots: American Authors on Money, Class and Power (AI-L) (LI)
  • ENGL2410 African American Literary Giants (AI-L)
  • ENGL2413 African American Literature: A Tradition of Resistance (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • ENGL2604 American Voices II: U.S. Literature Since 1865 (AI-L) (LI) (DM)
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture

4. 2000-level or above English department offering (one course)

5. ENGL2504 Prose Writing 

6. 2000-level or above English department writing course (one course)

  • COMM2501 Journalism
  • COMM2506 Poetry Writing
  • COMM2521 Public Relations and Persuasion (LI)
  • COMM3501 Multimedia Storytelling
  • COMM3801 Feature Writing
  • ENGL2507 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL3506 Advanced Poetry Writing

7. 3000-level or above English department offering (one course)

  • COMM3701 Media Theory
  • ENGL3303 Images of Masculinity
  • ENGL3305 Satire
  • ENGL3309 Characters of the Long 18th Century
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture
  • ENGL3605 Global Literature and Film 
  • ENGL3703 Critical Theory and the Academy
  • ENGL3991/ENGL3992 Special Topics I or II*
  • ENGL4178 Directed Study
  • *consult with advisor for appropriate section

8. 3000-level English department writing workshop (one course)

  • ENGL3504 Advanced Prose Writing

9. Internship course (one course)

  • ENGL4994/4995 Internship I & II

10. ENGL3405 Editing and Publishing a Literary Magazine

11. Capstone Experience (one course)

  • ENGL4160 Writing Seminar

Students majoring in Writing, Editing and Publishing major are able to minor in Communications & Media Studies.

View the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Writing

1. ENGL2504 Prose Writing

2-5. Any four of the following courses (one at the 3000-level):

  • COMM2501 Journalism
  • COMM2521 Public Relations and Persuasion (LI)
  • COMM3501 Multimedia Storytelling 
  • COMM3801 Feature Writing
  • ENGL2506 Poetry Writing
  • ENGL2507 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL3405 Editing and Publishing a Literary Magazine 
  • ENGL3504 Advanced Prose Writing
  • ENGL3506 Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL4160 Writing Seminar

The writing minor is available to all Emmanuel College students except for English majors.

The Writing, Editing, & Publishing major provides students with skills and expertise in various forms of writing and written communication. Students gain skills in nonfiction, prose, poetry and fiction writing. They receive guidance and experience with the publication process and engage in developing creating portfolios as well as a literary magazine. Courses focus on developing these skills and experiences through hands-on activity and workshops. Ultimately, the learning goals involve providing students with:

  • Expertise in close reading and critical analysis
  • Practice writing for diverse audiences
  • Expertise in peer review and the incorporation of feedback
  • Appreciation of the necessity for and practice of revision in successful creative writing and forms of written communication.
  • Hands-on experience with publication processes and outcomes
  • Guidelines for individualized, skilled creative processes in writing and thinking
Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Along with areas of knowledge and major requirements, you will cultivate essential values in the classroom and complete two courses in each area:

  • Social Justice (SJ): Develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation to participate beneficially in activities of personal and public concern.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism (DM): Understand the complexity of identity the historical truths of different cultural perspectives to address bias and examine contemporary social issues. 

One hundred percent of Emmanuel students complete an internship as part of the core curriculum. In a city as dynamic as Boston, your options are bound only by the limits of your curiosity.

Students from the English, Writing & Communications Department intern with major media outlets such as GBH, WHDH-TV and The Globe,as well as in editorial or content roles with journals and major publishers, nonprofit organizations or Boston-based tech startups.

In all majors, the Capstone Experience involves completing a significant piece of work that requires the integration and application of learning from multiple courses.

In the Capstone Experience, EWC students engage in rigorous class discussions, participate in group or individual presentations, and write a major research paper. Writing, Editing & Publishing students revise work produced in previous courses and submit for considerations at journals, magazines, anthologies and contests. Students also complete a reflection of their educational goals of the program.