|PWRT 5000: Writing Principles|
|PWRT 5002: Communicating through Digital and Social Media|
|PWRT 5003: Storytelling and Narrative|
|PWRT 5004: Writers as Researchers|
|PWRT 5005: The Writer's Identity|
|PWRT 5505: Professionalism: Work Placement Preparation|
|PWRT 5001: Editing for Writers|
|PWRT 5500: External Communications|
|PWRT 5501: Strategic Writing|
|PWRT 5502: Communicating through Digital and Social Media: Campaigns|
|PWRT 5504: Project Management and Collaboration|
|PWRT 5506: Multimedia Storytelling|
|PWRT 5900: Work Placement|
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Analyze the elements of storytelling in texts and choose appropriate narrative techniques and forms for a variety of writing projects.
Create documents suitable for a diversity of audiences and purposes using advanced linguistic and rhetorical skills.
Create documents that adhere to standards of structure/formatting for standard print and electronic forms such as informational articles, reports, blog posts, and web site copy, and strategically repurpose content across these forms.
Integrate new communications technologies into an existing media toolkit.
Manage a multifaceted editorial project or communications campaign from the planning stages through completion, using a team-oriented, collaborative leadership style.
Adapt a consistent, unique writing voice to different platforms and genres.
Assess the needs of complex communications campaigns and then select and deploy appropriate strategies to meet those needs, using knowledge of communications theory and audience analysis.
Produce and/or edit error-free publications for both print and on-line environments, through the use of grammar and mechanical rules, correct and relevant editorial terminology, and copy-writing and style guides.
Analyze the structure and mechanics of a variety of document forms, both electronic and print, and apply substantive, line-level, and copyediting revisions as appropriate.
Analyze the media landscape and the range of communications fields to plan ways to navigate the industry and market oneself.
Create an online portfolio and social media profile to market writing skills to potential employers and freelance clients.
Select suitable and credible research sources for strategic applications to a range of advanced communication challenges.
Students complete a twelve-week placement allowing them to gain valuable practical and professional experience.
Do you love storytelling? Reading? Listening to podcasts? When you’re walking down the street, do you spot the typos and errors on signs and in storefronts? Do you sometimes find yourself quietly correcting the copy on the websites you visit?
If this sounds like you, come join our dynamic community of creative-minded writing professionals.
Our program provides a supportive environment where you can learn from experts who will show you how to take your writing to the next level. By practicing and experimenting with different styles and forms of writing, you’ll build the skills, discipline and confidence you need to excel in the communications market.
Added bonus? You’ll form lifelong friendships with members of your writing cohort.
Watch the "Power Up Your Credential!" Info Session to learn more about the Professional Writing and Communications program.
In today's increasingly virtual and text-based world, writing is everywhere. Yet not everyone can create documents with both accuracy and readability. Your job as a writer is to become very good at language skills such as grammar, style and mechanics. Communications directors and hiring managers are always looking for writers who understand the foundations of writing and editing and who can quickly learn the subject matter of their businesses.
The Professional Writing and Communications program is delighted to have the following professionals on its advisory committee.
Graduates of this program may find employment as
Note: This is a post-graduate certificate. You must already have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from a university or college.
One entrance scholarship is available. For more information about how to apply, please visit the website.
Scholarship Value: $1000
This annual award is presented to the graduate of the Professional Writing and Communications Postgraduate Program who has achieved the highest overall GPA.
Award Value: $500
This annual award is presented to a graduate of the Professional Writing and Communications Postgraduate Program who has demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership in the program.
Award Value: $500
Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. According to the Conference Board of Canada, the ability to communicate tops the list of essential employability skills that employers require. The ability to read carefully, write effectively and think critically provides the foundation to get, keep and progress on a job.
Graduates are able to find employment in a variety of service industries such as finance, hospitality and health services, as well as in government, not-for-profit organizations, corporate communications, and publishing and digital media.
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