Brag Board

Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, director of the Professional Writing Department (PWR), believes that writing is hard work. But he also believes that when you accomplish something hard, there’s nothing wrong with feeling accomplished. So, just outside his university office he created a brag board: a massive display featuring the names and faces of PWR majors next to copies of their published works. Now you can enjoy a virtual—and much smaller—version of that.



It’s almost finals week 2014, and Dr. Hensley has returned all of the copies to the seniors, juniors were moved to the senior spot and will continue to add to their portfolios next year, as will the new juniors and sophomores. The blank space? It’s ready for the incoming freshman class of 2018 and the beginnings of their portfolios of published works!

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Sophomores Charnell Peters  and Amy Gaasrud

Receive Jenkins Writing Scholarships for Upperclassmen

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Charnell Peters of Bedford, Indiana, and Amy Gaasrud of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, are the winners of the 2014 Jerry B. Jenkins Professional Writing Scholarships for upperclassmen. The Jenkins Scholarships were established at Taylor in 2003 by author Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the Left Behind series of novels. They are awarded to one incoming freshman and two upperclassmen.



Chandler Birch, senior, named Finalist in

Simon & Schuster’s Student Writing Contest

Birch ProfessionalOn April 15, Senior Chandler Birch received the honor of being named a finalist in Simon & Schuster’s Student Writing Contest for its speculative fiction imprint. Here’s the official announcement from Simon and Schuster!




Amarias Series by Amy Green

amys_books3bAmy Green ’13 has already published  four Moonbeam Award-winning children’s books: the Amarias Series.




Drew Neuenschwander, senior, takes 1st Place in

Spec Fic Writing Contest at Berne Literary Festival (’13)



Student Authors (’10-’11)












One of the most exciting elements of Taylor’s Professional Writing Program is the opportunity for students to be published in books and magazines–sometimes as early as their freshman year! These students hold copies of books where they contributed stories and devotionals. These include Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Worthy Publishing, 2011) and Heaven Calling (Worthy Publishing, 2010).