In the Professional Writing major, we focus on helping our students not only learn to write well, but also to know what to do with that writing—how to get published. That includes several other steps including writing proposals, perfecting elevator pitches, prepping first pages, creating a social media platform, and learning how to work with an editor. One key component of this is for all of our students to have the opportunity to attend a writers’ conference at some point during their time here at Taylor. Once they leave this enclave where they are surrounded by likeminded writers, they need to understand that attending writers conferences can be a good way to continue learning and feeling encouraged by being around other writers.
On September 28-30, 2017, Dr. Hensley and Prof. Linda Taylor took 10 PWR students to the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference in Muskegon, Michigan. The students could choose from various types of training sessions led by industry professionals, networked, and had the opportunity to meet one on one with author mentors, agents, editors, and social media experts.
Attendees included (from left to right in photo): Sam Guinsatao, Tim Pietz, Tucker White, Maggie Frye, Dr. Hensley, Hope Bolinger, Rachel Pfeiffer, Olivia Lauritzen, Katie Hiegel, Caleb Amick, Abbie Kessler, Prof. Taylor.