Written communication involves any type of interaction that makes use of the written word. Communication is a key to any endeavor involving more than one person. Communicating through writing is essential in the modern world and is becoming ever more so as we participate in what is now commonly called the information age. In fact, written communication is the most common form of business communication. It is essential for small business owners and managers to develop effective written communication skills and to encourage the same in all employees. The information age has altered the ways in which we communicate and placed an increasing emphasis on written versus oral communications.
When you read a good poem, do you wonder how the writer managed to form such interesting images? When you read a novel, do you think about how the author created characters you can relate to? If you study creative writing, you'll try to answer questions like these, analyzing poetry and fiction to learn how writers create successful work. You'll also try your hand at creating your own work, which you'll share with professors and classmates. Although it's very unlikely that you'll make a living from writing poetry or fiction, you will gain the skills needed to work in fields such as editing, publishing, journalism, and advertising.
What careers can I have in writing/communications?
A communications degree can open the door to a wide variety of careers in education, business, politics, and advertising. A bachelor's degree in communication is a viable option if you have strong writing and verbal skills and a desire to take information and convert it to a message others may find helpful. Specific career field options include:
Publicity: A strong communications degree can lead to numerous jobs under the publicity umbrella. The job of a public relations specialist is to promote his company, school, or employer in a positive light. The employer can be a corporation, celebrity, or even a politician. A public infomration officer's role is to take information and turn it into press releases that explain his employer's position on a specific topic.
Advertising: A communications degree can be very helpful in the advertising industry. Career options include being an account executive or development manager. A bachelor's degree can also lead to more creative endeavors, such as a copywriter, creative director, or graphic illustrator. A good communicator can also find work as a media relations director or media planner.
Education: In the education field, a communicatons degree has many uses across a variety of specialties. A communications major can pursue a job as a training specialist, an event coordinator, or an administrator. If you prefer a teaching position, then a role as a debate coach, drama director, or speech communications teacher might be for you.
Politics: A politician with a strong communications background has a myriad of opportunities. She can become an ambassador or diplomat, a community affairs officer, a lobbyist, or a public information officer. Other roles, such as speech writer, research specialist, and legislative assistant are also possibilities.
The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.
Currently, Project MUSE offers quality journal titles from scholarly publishers. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
With the newspaper's role in a state of fundamental redefinition, Newspaper Journalism offers a timely and up to the minute analysis of newspapers today, in the context of their historical importance to society.
This book provides an invaluable overview of contemporary sports journalism across all media forms.
Books on Writing Fiction
Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway; Elizabeth Stuckey-French
Call Number: 808.3 B972w 2007
Publication Date: 2006
The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, 7e by novelists Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision by providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples.
This introduction to creative nonfiction examines the building blocks of nonfiction prose one by one, illustrating how individual voice and narrative strategies delineate this literary form from conventional nonfiction.
In Fact by Lee Gutkind
Call Number: 814.508 I3524 2005
Publication Date: 2004
Lee Gutkind collects twenty-five essays that flourished on this new ground, all originally published in the journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now celebrating its tenth anniversary.
This book guides the reader through a range of techniques and tips for generating creative ideas, as described by the "five I's" of the creative process: information, incubation, illumination, integration and illustration.
Written in a practical and approachable style, this is not another 'tome' on ethical theory but rather a clear insight into the personal and professional issues that affect you as a public relations practitioner.
Beneficial to workplace writers as well as academicians, Writing in the Workplace: New Research Perspectives helps establish a framework for the unification of theory and practice in technical communication research.
Understand how technical writing differs from other writing styles, convey technical information logically and coherently, discover techniques for writing to a wide audience, and edit technical documents for organization/style/correctness.