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PennWest’s Professional Writing certification helps you develop the broad skill set you need for effective writing in a variety of contexts.

Thoughtful and articulate writing is in demand in every field, from education to business and industry to government and non-profit organizations. Increase your ability to write and communicate effectively with the Professional Writing Certificate from PennWest University.

Whether you are interested in writing for a specific industry, such as health care, law or business, become more adept at writing grant applications or technical manuals, or simply want to improve your skills in a specific genre, this certificate can help you achieve your goals.

Experienced faculty will work with you, helping you to design and tailor your writing to meet the needs of your intended readers. As a result, you’ll stand out as a strong candidate for new job opportunities or to advance in your current career.

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Expert faculty

Learn from professors with extensive experience in both teaching writing and composing texts in a variety of genres.

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Flexible to meet your needs.

Valuable skills

Acquire the critical thinking and analytical skills employers want most.

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Careers and Salaries

PennWest’s Professional Writing certification can add value to any bachelor’s degree. It will help you prepare for graduate and pre-professional programs, as well as employment in diverse industries.

Individuals with excellent writing skills can enhance their career potential in fields such as:

  • Educational instruction and library occupations
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Art, design, entertainment, sports, and media
  • Office and administrative support operations
  • Business and financial operations

Program Outcomes

  1. Critically read, analyze, and critique “mentor” texts in various genres and fields in order to understand what makes them rhetorically successful.
  2. Make appropriate choices regarding style, structure, and mechanics in order to produce compelling, rhetorically successful prose in a variety of genre(s) that responds appropriately to audience, purpose, and context. 
  3. Prepare for future personal and professional writing contexts by producing revised, polished documents that can be used in a portfolio.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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