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Rhetoric and Professional Writing Program

Our program focuses on job skills and critical thinking abilities associated with the analysis of and practice of rhetoric, making students in this program very competitive in the workplace.

Classroom Rhet intro

In our Professional Writing courses, students practice formatting, professional language, the awareness of contexts, and reaching intended audiences.

Our Rhetoric courses delve into the elements of persuasive writing and persuasive speaking, giving students an edge in crafting documents, arguments, and presentations that will better their futures.


Creative Writing

An Education for the Working Writer

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Longwood University, situated in the beautiful rolling piedmont of Virginia, is pleased to offer a concentration in Creative Writing, as well as an undergraduate minor. A staff of professional writers and readers collaborate to provide a sense of community and shared purpose among the undergraduates in our Creative Writing Program.

The Creative Writing Program at Longwood functions within the English major, guaranteeing the strong foundation in literature every writer needs to pursue their craft. Introductory and advanced workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama are offered every semester, allowing the student invaluable cross-genre experience in preparation for lives as working writers.

Our program and faculty seek to offer an education that will encourage students to pursue a life of letters, a life that allows them to explore the wonder of the world through writing, whether that life leads them on to graduate study, into the workforce as a professional writer, or into the classroom as a teacher of writing. We believe in the very real service provided to a society by its working writers.

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Interested in Teaching?

Becoming a Longwood English major who is seeking teacher certification could be your first step in an engaging, rewarding career teaching English to middle or high school students.

With careful scheduling, it may be possible for you to complete the degree requirements for a B.A. in English, the teacher education program requirements, and an add-on teaching endorsement-all within four years!

Students licensed to teach secondary English can gain additional endorsements to teach economics, geography, history, journalism, political science, speech, or theater by adding a minor in those fields.

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