Writing (minor)

The Professional Writing Minor is an opportunity for undergraduates to expand their communication skills through two capstone courses and a writing internship during their senior year. Students considering the minor should think of it as an apprenticeship in the world of professional writing, not simply as a set of courses in which someone will tell you what to do.

The Professional Writing Minor is separated into distinct tracks:

Professional Editing
Multimedia Communication
Business Communication
Writing and Civic Engagement

Each track includes two capstone courses and an internship. Students applying to the minor will indicate a first, second, and third choice and explain the reasons for their first choice selection.

Professional Writing Minors must be more than good students. They must be excellent writers and editors. They must be able and willing to function in a professional internship environment, to accept responsibility, to demonstrate initiative, to complete assignments, to meet deadlines, and to work collegially in group projects.

General Career Information

Glossary of Writing Careers
The list of jobs a writer can hold will never be complete. You’ll find writers who are programmers, stock traders and business executives. This site provides a list of some of the most likely and probably most satisfying careers for people who love to write.

Information about the nature of the work, working conditions, training, employment, and job outlook.

Authors, Editors, and Writers
Overview of being an author, editor or writer.

Focus 2
Check out “What Can I do with a major in…?” under Focus 2.

Graduate and Professional Schools

This is a comprehensive website that provides information about where graduate programs are offered throughout the nation.

This is a database to help find where graduate programs are offered throughout the U.S.

Come to the Career Resources Room to view the CHOICES lab version of graduate schools.

The AWP Guide to Writing Programs
Use search boxes to find programs which meet your needs. Also contains an overview of the components of writing programs that you should consider.

List of graduate creative writing programs by state

Experience Search Strategies

Get Experience

Build your qualifications by exploring various opportunities to get experience in your field of interest.

Job Listings

UCSB Career Services “Job Search” section

Check out job links in the following categories: Local/CA, National, Industry Specific, and UCSB Careers By Majors.



Jobs for journalists of color.

New Jobs Network
Directory of jobs in journalism, writing, and editing in the US, Canada, and the UK.

American Society of New Editors
Online resources for finding newspaper and journalism jobs.


Professional Associations

Association of Writers and Writing Programs
AWP provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers. We support over 34,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 100 writers' conferences and centers.

Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing film, television, radio, and new media writers.
If you want to find local writing groups or national writing associations, look no further.

Bella Online: The Voice of Women
Here's a well-maintained meta-list of writing professional associations.

Association of American Publishers
AAP is the trade association for the U.S. book publishers, providing advocacy and communications on behalf of the industry.

UCSB Resources