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2. Professional Writing Skills
“Our students know how to write clearly and effectively. I’ve had calls from publishers and agents who wanted to formalize our relationship so they would be assured of having our students as interns—which often results in employment upon graduation. What some executives have said to me is: your students know how to write. Our department has three areas: writing, literature and publishing. So not only do our students have the background in the field through the study of literature, they learn the strategies of their art (poetry, nonfiction, fiction, etc.) and also understand the workings of the world of publishing: both book and magazine. In this way, they understand the professional side of the writing life as well as the central, literary dimension.” Emerson College English professor and English department associate chair John Skoyles said.