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
Chandler Chastain ’18
Hometown: Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Chandler credits the writing communication classes at MC for improving her writing and giving her the ability to communicate with different audiences. She credits MC-based internships and work experiences for putting her on a career path. “My internship with the local non-profit Keep Blount Beautiful showed me the many ways in which clear and effective communicative skills are needed – from giving educational presentations at the library to writing press releases for upcoming events,” she said. “After my work with Keep Blount Beautiful and event work with the on-campus Clayton Center for the Arts, I have decided to pursue a career in event coordination. Being an effective communicator for all audiences is crucial for an events coordinator, and this major has prepared me.”
Outcomes of Recent Grads
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: PRODUCTION MANAGER FOR TRAVEL CHANNEL'S CREATIVE SERVICES TEAM IN NEW YORK CITY
At the Travel Channel, Leah coordinates the workflow for the creation of all types of marketing assets: promos, social media, design, ad sales, partnerships. She got her start at Scripps Networks in Knoxville, interning in the Corporate Communications department during her senior year at MC. Upon graduating, Leah was offered a position in the same Scripps department doing corporate marketing and event planning.
“I think Maryville’s small size gives students more opportunities to participate in many clubs, organizations and interests without having to pour extra time into a single activity,” she said. “Holding leadership roles in organizations like the Student Programming Board prepared me for the ‘real world’ and my career.”
JACOB "JAKE" BURNS '10
CURRENTLY: MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST AND ANCHOR FOR WTVR IN RICHMOND, VA
Jake began his broadcasting career as a sports intern. He is now working full-time in Richmond and has won three regional Emmy awards, one National Press Photographers Association regional award, and was named Richmond Magazine's "Best New Face on TV" in 2012. "I'm in a business with multiple daily deadlines and assignments that constantly change. You have to be good at learning quickly and adapting," he said. "At MC, I learned HOW to learn. It's a critical skill in my daily work, and one that I cherish."
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.