Professional Writing at Gaylord College
Gaylord College announces winner of inaugural 2017 William Foster Harris Prizes for Young Writers
The professional writing faculty at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma proudly announces the winners of the first William Foster Harris Professional Writing Prize.
"Our faculty was very impressed with the quality of the stories submitted,” said Mary Anna Evans, assistant professor of professional writing, “but the two winners were standouts. Judging these young people's work was a pleasure."
The Foster Harris Prize was awarded to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of Gaylord College’s professional writing program. It was given to two promising writers, one in high school and one in a college undergraduate program. to a promising writer in high school and an undergraduate student. Both winners received a $500 prize.
Mia Mamone, a Noble High School student, received the award for the high school student for her story “The Touch.”
Brandie McAllister, a student at Oklahoma City University, was named the undergraduate student winner for her story “Mother Says.”
The prize is named after William Foster Harris, longtime professional writing professor at the University of Oklahoma.
The University of Oklahoma’s Professional Writing Program offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees focused on creative writing for publication, including fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, romance, and other popular fiction genres, as well as screenwriting and commercial nonfiction. The program focuses on building a writing career by learning the business of publishing while studying creative writing under award-winning, best-selling professors with long and successful publication histories.
The Professional Writing program has a 65-year history of helping its majors develop the skills needed to succeed in the publishing industry. Those skills, which include the ability to communicate clearly, think logically, manage large-scale projects, and craft a compelling narrative, are critical to virtually all careers. They also prepare students for graduate work in writing-intensive fields that include creative writing, English, journalism, and the law.
Key contacts in the Professional Writing program
Professional Writing academic adviser
Dr. Ralph Beliveau
Professional Writing Area Head
Skills gained from a Gaylord Professional Writing degree
|Career tracks||Practical skills||Soft skills|
Fiction and nonfiction
writing for publication
Grammar and style
Writing for digital and print outlets
Assessing traditional and independent publishing options
Understanding the business of writing
Critical thinking and logic
Planning and time management
Execution of large-scale projects
Degree requirements for Professional Writing majors
A maximum of 50 hours of JMC will be counted in the 124 hours required for graduation. At least 80 hours must be completed outside of Gaylord College.
1013 Introduction to Mass Communication
2033 Writing for Mass Media
4813 Mass Communication Law
|Professional Writing Core|
3011 Practicum (three hours)
3504 Introduction to Professional Writing
4514 Writing the Novel
4524 Writing the Short Story
4563 Category Fiction
4573 Theories of Professional Writing
4603 Business of Professional Writing (capstone)
Completion of a minor outside of Gaylord College
Electives to bring credit total to 124, including 48 upper-division hours