Why study English writing at Washburn?

As a Washburn writing student, you’ll work with faculty members who are widely published, and award-winning writers. Whether your interest is fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry, you’ll have a mentor from the beginning. Your rigorous coursework will provide a strong foundation in the basics of all forms of writing, as well as the opportunity for advanced practice in your areas of choice. A strong survey of literature will further your knowledge and exposure to a variety of story forms.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookExperience: 100 percent of writing graduates gain editing and publishing experience.on campus
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What sets Washburn English apart?

  • Washburn writing students get published. Your faculty mentor can help you learn the ropes as you pursue your goals.
  • You’ll be eligible for some of the more than $42,000 in scholarships awarded by the English Department each year. There also are paid positions available if you want to tutor English.
  • Create something meaningful: You can help produce the Inscape literary magazine, help plan the Literature Festival for children in grades 5-12 from across Kansas, and your work can contribute to the field at conferences.
  • Study abroad opportunities are encouraged!
  • English majors have a strong and active community on campus. Join in as soon as you get to Washburn.
  • Internship opportunities are rich and varied. Work with your advisor early so you can tailor your experience to your interest.

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Inscape Literary Magazine

Students in EN384: Publishing Lab, the capstone course for the writing emphasis, will edit and compile the literary magazine Inscape. The magazine features quality works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art from across the country.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Your opportunities as an English Writing major range from careers in traditional or digital media and publishing to advertising, marketing, public relations, administration, and beyond. Your salary will vary depending on your role and industry, but the skills of an English major are in demand.

Qualities for success



Desire to improve your own work, and ability to incorporate constructive feedback

Interest in how language is used to represent the human experience

Student/Faculty ratio

15:1 English

Employers want your skills

Strong writing ability

Critical thinking

Analytical reasoning and research

Information literacy

Commitment to understanding a variety of perspectives

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of English

English Department
Morgan Hall, Room 237
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1441

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