Professional Writing

  • Sharpens Your Writing and Editing Skills
  • Develops Your Ability to Communicate Across Platforms
  • Strengthens Your Intercultural Communication Skills for a Global Workplace

Professional writing and editing skills are in increasing demand in today’s competitive job market. These courses will develop your ability to write effective emails, memos, brochures, and reports; hone your intercultural communication skills; and represent a brand effectively across platforms in a global workplace. Learn techniques to adapt your message to fit different audiences, campaigns, and contexts. Try a single class or explore our Certificate in Professional Writing .

This semester, study in-person or from anywhere in the world from the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

10 Steps to a More Dynamic Voice

Master new voice techniques to convey confidence in your voice—and achieve success in your career.

2023 Spring
1 section

Communicating Leadership and Power in Public Speaking

Have all elements of your communication persona are evaluated, exercised, challenged, and upgraded, transforming you into a speaker with power.

2023 Spring
1 section

Digital Communication in a Changing Workplace

Obtain writing and editing skills that will make you an adaptable communicator via any medium and in any situation that may arise in the workplace.

2023 Spring
1 section

Grammar Review

Come away from this class with a better understanding of grammar and improved confidence in your writing.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Master Class: Guidance and Strategies for Publishing Your Book

Learn from two veteran literary agents how to navigate the publishing landscape to publish your book without confusion or intimidation.

2023 Spring
1 section

Strategic Communications and Corporate Storytelling

Learn to craft compelling narratives that match the tone and intentions of a company, brand, or communication campaign.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Creating a Narrative Podcast

Acquire the training to launch your own story-driven podcast series, and leave the course with your own 15- to 20-minute pilot.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Mastering English Grammar

Review the eight principal parts of speech, and gain an understanding of how they work together syntactically to form sentences.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Professional Writing: Content, Purpose, and Audience

This foundational course introduces critical practices of professional writing, focusing on common documents across digital and traditional formats.

2023 Spring
1 section

Digital Storytelling, Innovation, and Fundraising

Learn to leverage digital platforms to effectively raise awareness about a cause, diversify fundraising, and innovate to become more relevant.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Fundamentals of Storytelling

Explore the basic elements of story, and apply them to your writing for more dynamic content, whether for novels or résumés.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Bias in American Media: An Overview

When working in media jobs, it’s essential to be both a savvy consumer of the news as well as a thoughtful editor. This class, taught by a...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Introduction to the Media Industry

In this two-session course taught by a senior magazine editor with deep experience in newspaper, magazine, and digital media as well as...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Multimedia Storytelling

Multimedia storytelling has the power to provide context and depth to news stories, fundraising drives, marketing campaigns, and personal...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

A Career in Freelance Copyediting

Hone both your copyediting skills and your professionalism, and receive expert advice on how to get hired at either a magazine or book publisher.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Writing Skills: The Basics

Explore both the theory and practice of writing well, and gain confidence in your writing skills.

2022 Fall
1 section

Writing for Fundraising: Grantwriting and Case Statements

Learn how to write effective grant proposals and case statements—necessities for increasing funding for your nonprofit.

2022 Fall
1 section

Writing and Leadership

Practice core business writing skills, and work to evaluate and communicate a professional identity internally and externally.

2022 Fall
1 section

Advanced Multimedia Storytelling Workshop

Humans have used stories to communicate for millennia; they are an essential part of how we relate to each other. The world today is...

Practicing Inclusion

This workshop will introduce participants to some key strategies for creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion in a professional setting....

Professional Writing in a Global Workplace

Learn professional communication skills for a global audience, whether you’re fluent in English or still learning.

Communication in the Global Workplace

Thriving in the global workplace requires finely-tuned communication skills. In this workshop, SPS instructor Mark-Ameen Johnson will discuss...

Publishing Op-Eds and Blogposts

Develop a foundation in argumentative, critical, and analytic writing, and sharpen essential editing skills, for use in international affairs.

Technical Writing

Learn how to write technical information for a range of audiences, from specialized professionals to unspecialized laypeople.

Writing and Grammar in the Real World

Learn how to overcome basic grammar and usage problems, whether writing for work or for fun.

Writing for Self-Promotion and Performance Coaching

Develop the habits of using workplace writing as a tool for self-promotion, professional development, and performance coaching.

Writing with Power: Gaining a Professional Edge

Take your business writing to the next level, gaining skills for improving the style and increasing the impact of your professional communication.

Microaggressions and Racial Stress: Reducing Harmful Interactions

Learn to identify and reduce microaggressions and to communicate effectively with people of color.

Global Presentations: Words, Images, and Data

Build the knowledge, skills, and oral proficiency to organize and participate in global presentations, including reports, negotiations, and pitches.