Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

About the Writing Department

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We are professors of writing not only because we love to teach, but also because we love to write—and all of us pursue very active careers as practicing, and publishing, writers of poetry, stories, essays, articles, reviews, novels, plays, and more.

If you’re interested in writing, you probably have a passion for working with words. And surely you know how exciting it is to move people with your own words—to make people feel what you feel, to help them see the world more vividly. You may be aware, too, that in the working world, everybody needs a writer: every business, every institution, every organization needs someone who can make sense of the world through the written word and through visuals.

According to research conducted by the National Commission on Writing, 91% of employers “‘almost always’ take writing into account when hiring” for professional positions. In the writing department, you can take courses that harness your passion for working with words and help you become professional writers. For more information about the Writing Department, visit the FAQs page.

Writing instruction is not limited to classrooms. In the picture below, a writing student from the course, WR350 Art of Prose: Rachel Carson, looks through a photo album at the Rachel Carson House in Colesville, Maryland. Author, marine biologist, and conservationist, Rachel Carson wrote books, such as The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring, that influenced the American environmental movement.

Female writing student looks at photo album during trip to the Rachel Carson House in Baltimore MarylandLoyola's Baltimore setting provides wonderful opportunities for students to learn about influential writers like Rachel Carson and intern at leading publications like the Baltimore Sun. Students may also collaborate with local non-profit organizations and communities in courses offering service-learning.

Our graduates have gone on to become lawyers, book editors, magazine editors, newsletter editors, public relations liaisons, publishers, teachers, grant-writers, journalists, Web masters, professors, feature writers, and more.

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