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After BMCC

Accomplished Alumni
As a Writing and Literature student, Frances L. Saunders'05 traveled to Ghana and directed an educational video about the trip. At Smith College in Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelors's degree in African-American Studies, Frances put her writing and filmmaking skills to work, directing and producing a documentary on the current climate of diversity on Smith's campus.

Working a dead-end retail job, Steve Smaczniak'06 knew "I wanted to get my life in order. BMCC welcomed me with open arms." At BMCC he pursued his interest in literary studies and won a 2005 English Department Faculty Writing Award. Today, studying for a BFA in Creative Writing at Knox College near Chicago, Steve has published his work in the journal Cellar Doors and says, "My life is back on track."

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Working with Words

Your career starts here. Graduates of the Writing and Literature program parlay their love of language into successful careers creating, studying, and teaching the written word.

Professional Perspectives

Want Straight talk from professionals in publishing, advertising, public relations, and journalism? You've got it, thanks to career events featuring on-campus appearances by leading figures in the literary field. A few of the notables who've dropped by: Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate; E. Ethelbert Miller, poet laureate of Washington, DC; David Gunderson, playwright; David Klass, screenwriter; and Robert McDowell, publisher of Story Line Press.

Faculty Connections

Taking learning out of the classroom and into the workplace is a hallmark of the Writing and Literature program. Faculty connections to the professions make it possible. "Many of us are professors who has been actively involved in career fields," say M. Claire Pamplin, who teaches journalism at BMCC and is the former editor-in-chief of a leading retail trade magazine. Students get valuable insights when faculty members call on former colleagues to welcome interns, speak in classrooms, and host workplace visits.

College Visits

Read to continue your scholarly pursuits beyond an associate's degree? We can help. The Writing and Literature program invites representatives for four-year schools to speak with students who are interested in earning a bachelor's degree for career advancement or graduate study. Recent visitors have included City College, Lehman College, and the six schools with which the program holds articulation agreements: Adelphi University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Medgar Evers College, Pace University, and The New School.

What Career fields demand the skills of proficient writers and readers?

Business Management
Book Publishing
Business and Technical Writing
Communication Arts
Creative Writing
Internet Publishing
Literary Studies
Magazine Publishing
Public Relations
Television and Film Writing
Theaters Arts
Scientific Research
and more!

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