recent events

PWR Retreat Student, Alumni and Faculty Lectures


PWR Retreat to Feature Six Workshop Speakers

PWR students are gearing up for the first departmental retreat in (recent) department history. It’s our own version of The Hunger Games, but using the name of Professional Writing program director Dr. Dennis Hensley! We will have challenges and feats of excellence–but everyone will still be alive at the end of the day.

The daytime schedule will feature workshops taught by Linda Taylor, Chandler Birch, Chelsea Molin, Helen Wilbers, Kyle Carruthers and Amy Green. Workshop topics will include 1) RPG exercises in characterization, 2) overcoming fear/finding your voice as a writer, and 3) a discourse on effective techniques for breaking the fourth wall.


Los Angeles Film Studies School

This fall, PWR student Jeremy Paul travelled to LA to study script writing for part of his coursework at Taylor. Next year, the PWR program will send student Caitlin Vukorpa to the school.



Jerry B. Jenkins

Bestselling author Jerry Jenkins visited campus to teach a workshop. He is pictured here with recipients of the Taylor writing scholarship that he, personally, finances.




our students at writer’s conferences

Writing for the Soul Conference (Colorado Springs)


Four Taylor students received a full-ride scholarship to attend.


Write-to-Publish (Chicago area)


Many PWR students receive scholarships to attend WTP. Others work in registration and marketing in exchange for free attendance.


Indy Writer’s Conference (Indianapolis)


Author Solutions of Indianapolis graciously sponsored our entire group.



Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs)


Alex Mellen, Amy Green, Drew Neuenschwander and Shannon Potellicki have all served in Focus on the Family’s Audio Drama and Book Divisions. This summer, senior Lexie Owen will join the program.


guests instructors on campus

Writing, Technology & You

Drew Neuenschwander (’13) recently taught his annual Tec Lec or “technology lecture” to the freshman classes. This year marked his 15th guest lecture appearance for PWR.





Edward MacDougal, Hollywood filmmaker visited campus to teach a seminar on screenwriting. McDougal also hosted a showing of his award-winning Civil War film, Dog Jack.




Suspense Writing

Christy Award-winning novelist Steven James taught a suspense writing seminar. Here his students demonstrate their newly acquired skills in the art of villainy.