Why study Writing Communication at MC?
The vehicles for communication may be ever-evolving, but writing remains at the core. As a Writing Communication major at Maryville College, you will master methodologies in creative and professional writing. You will learn how to communicate effectively to different audiences in journalism, public relations and business and technical writing. In creative writing classes – fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction – you will be challenged to realize the potential of your work through workshops, multiple drafts and intensive study of craft. The major balances instruction and practical experience, ensuring that you graduate with a substantial portfolio of original work produced through coursework, internships and participation in campus publications. You’ll be prepared for success in a variety of fields, including print and broadcast journalism, new media, publishing, corporate communications, public relations, technical writing, law, marketing, advertising and business.
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.
On campus opportunities
Student staff members of The Highland Echo publish a 10-page campus newspaper every other week during the semester. Impressions, an annual publication and bimonthly online literary magazine, features artwork, creative writing and poetry submitted by MC students.
The American Red Cross
The Daily Times
East Tennessee Historical Society
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Knoxville News Sentinel
Mary Beth West Communications
New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center
United Way of Blount County
Meet a current student
Katie Conner '21
Hometown: Mililani, Hawaii
Katie chose to major in writing communication because it provides a space for her to explore her interests, but simultaneously strengthening skills and abilities that will be helpful in any field she decides to enter in after college.
“To me, writing communication is unlike any other major,” she said. “The courses required for this particular major will hone your literary skills. The underlying foundation of the program is to shape the way you think about the world and how you communicate those thoughts. I hope to utilize the skills and knowledge I receive to pursue a career in public relations.”
Outcomes of Recent Grads
Justin Kirkland ’12
Currently: Staff Writer at Esquire
Justin went on to earn a master’s degree in communications at Georgetown University. Now a staff writer for Esquire, he covers mostly culture, as well as lifestyle, fashion and politics. Previously, he was freelancer for Entertainment
Weekly, Hollywood Reporter and USA Today. “I wouldn’t be where I am without Maryville College,” he said. “When it comes to a writing bootcamp, no institution can prepare you more than MC. I often find myself comparing the writing of my colleagues to those I shared classrooms with at Maryville and am often reminded of the talent of the people I sat next to. My advice would be to remember those you share class with and draw from their talent because Maryville really does cultivate the best of the best.”
Garrett Painter ’14
Currently: Trade and Event Marketing Coordinator at Scripps Networks
As a student at MC, Garrett took advantage of the Writing Communication internship program by interning in digital communications at Pyxl and in distribution and marketing with Scripps Networks. It was his experience at this final internship that led to his successful career in event marketing. “I wouldn’t have this job if I hadn’t put myself out there with those internships,” he said. “The major is one you can take in many directions. You don’t just have to be a novelist or a journalist. You can do marketing or public relations, and there are lots of opportunities in those fields.”
Leah Petr ’13
Currently: MBA student at the University of Manchester
As a student at MC, Leah studied abroad in Scotland and interned with Scripps Network in Knoxville, which made her a perfect fit for positions with the Scripps-owned Travel Channel. After graduation, she went to work with Travel Channel teams in Washington, D.C., and New York City, where she coordinated the workflow for the creation of all types of marketing assets: promos, social media, design, ad sales and partnerships.
“Holding leadership roles in organizations like the Student Programming Board prepared me for the ‘real world’ and my career. Not only did I graduate having worked with local business, managed people and stuck to real life budgets, I learned how to prioritize, delegate and multitask.”
Journalism (print and web based newspapers/magazines), public relations, writing for non-profit organizations, grant writing, television and radio broadcasting, editing and publishing, film and television production. This major also prepares the student for graduate study in communications and for law school.