Category Archives: Happenings

PWR Retreats for 2017

By Megan Burkhart a professional writing student at Taylor University One of the unique things about the PWR major is the retreats we organize every spring and fall semester. These retreats are mini writer’s conferences with workshops given by upperclassmen. We also have food, games (including an elevator pitch game), and plenty of laughter and […]
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Maranatha Conference 2017

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 […]
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Write-to-Publish Conference 2016

We might be a little late getting this one up on the blog, but we were going through our files and remembered the amazing time we had with students during last year’s Write-to-Publish Conference. And since we are a little late getting this up, we will brag about this summer’s Write-to-Publish Conference and remind you […]
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Our Trip to Maranatha

We’re always up for a trip to Lake Michigan! Several PWR students got just that when we attended the Maranatha Christian Writers Conference in September 2016 in Muskegon, Michigan. With dozens of workshops, keynote speakers (including our own Doc Hensley and best-selling author Don Piper), the opportunities to have one-on-one appointments with editors and agents, […]
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PWR Retreats for 2016

by Brian Branscum Every year, the Professional Writing Major hosts a themed event where students get a demonstration of what it is like to go to conferences and enjoy a great opportunity to fellowship with one another. These events allow students to hear from great speakers such as upperclassmen, enjoy good food, and play games […]
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Hensley Publishes Tenth Writing Textbook

Taylor University professor Dennis E. Hensley’s latest book, Finding Success with Your Dream Writing Projects (Bold Vision Books), is his tenth writing textbook. Dr. Hensley joined the Taylor faculty in 1997 as a member of the English department at the Fort Wayne campus. In 2009 he came to the Upland campus to become chair of […]
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Write-to-Publish Conference 2015

Several students from the Taylor University Professional Writing program attended the 2015 Write-to-Publish conference in Wheaton, Illinois, from June 3-6.  Dr. Dennis E. Hensley was the keynote speaker and led workshops.  Students were able to attend panel discussions and workshops, network with many members of the Christian publishing world, as well as pitch their proposals […]
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PWR Senior Dinner

The annual PWR Senior dinner, held at The Mill Restaurant in Marion, Indiana, offered a great chance for seniors to get together, laugh, eat good food, and, of course, get presents! It’s been a great four years, seniors! We can’t wait to see where God takes you! (Click on the link to see more photos!)

Gary Hensley Talks Taxes

Every year, our Professional Writing department invites Gary Hensley (former IRS agent, TurboTax advisor, and currently an accountant) to talk to our students about acting like the professional writers they are and filing their taxes as such. (And, incidentally, Gary is Dr. Hensley’s brother!) Gary helps us understand how to track expenses and what can be put on […]
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Dr. Hensley Signs Major Book Deal

Dr. Dennis E. Hensley has signed a multiple book deal with Whittaker House Publishing Company to write a series of contemporary novels. Hensley’s first novel for Whittaker, titled Pseudonym, will arrive in stores in January of 2016. He and his coauthor, Diana Savage of Maple Valley, Washington, are currently working on its sequel, tentatively titled […]
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