Professional Writing course in action

Flip through the pages of a magazine; peruse the aisles of a grocery store, check your email, and surf the endless sites on the internet. What are you surrounded by? While you are surrounded by the modern day world, there is one aspect of human communication that envelops the world around you: writing.

Whether through ad copy in a magazine or the text in an email newsletter, strategically crafted text is all around us, and more often than not, a professional writer composes this. UAB’s Department of English seeks to train a new generation of writers that will compose the world around us: the text that is required to function in our complicated yet engaging times.

By concentrating in the Professional Writing specialization, English majors can prepare themselves for a career working in nonprofit organizations, publishing companies, manufacturing plants, medical institutions, and legal offices.
EH 455 Students work on website
The program focuses on “non-academic” writing, or writing that isn’t typical in a normal college classroom: memos, brochures, newsletters, reports, instructions, manuals, multimedia presentations, and resumes.


If this piques your interest, visit the official Professional Writing page or contact the director of the Professional Writing program, Bruce McComiskey,, with specific questions about the program and if it is the right fit for you.

Still Skeptical?

Don’t be.

Watch the video below to have all of your questions answered and hear from English Department faculty on how they use their Professional Writing skills in the real world.