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Department of English English: Writing, Editing and Publishing Degree



This is an ideal major for those interested in creative writing and publishing. Students learn to edit, design, produce, market, and sell press titles. Our majors use industry standard software, learn online retailing, and the entire publishing process from acquisition to sale.

UWSP students have a unique opportunity to work with professional writers and leaders in the publishing industry from across the country while honing their own skills as writers. This major includes options for learning a variety of writing forms, from creative to legal writing.

Why Study Writing, Editing and Publishing at UW-Stevens Point?

English majors with an emphasis in Writing, Editing and Publishing have a unique opportunity to work in the department’s own student-run teaching press, Cornerstone Press. Established in 1984, the press has published over 50 titles and operates with the support of the Department and College. Cornerstone is the only press of its kind in the UW System, and one of only four undergraduate, student-staffed presses in the United States. All press titles are edited and designed in courses and internships.

Cornerstone Press

Students working in the UWSP Cornerstone Press don’t have to imagine what publishing jobs will require of them. Students acquire, edit, design, produce, market, and sell press titles while using industry standard software and online retailing. The experience nurtures talent, develops close relationships with writers worldwide, teaches the art and process of bookmaking, and mentors students toward careers in editing and publishing.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

The English Department offers a range of student-centered activities, from career workshops to speakers’ groups, to creative writing workshops. Poetry, shenanigans, and all-around good times! Students can participate in events such as movie nights, game nights, open-mic poetry readings, bad poetry contests, trips to plays, and more!

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The major includes core UW-Stevens Point English courses followed by specialized coursework in writing, editing, and publishing. Writing classes include creative writing (fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction), technical writing, writing for digital media, and environmental, science or biomedical writing. Editing and publishing coursework includes book history, the profession of authorship, as well as courses associated with Cornerstone Press, our independent press—entirely student-run—on campus.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student English major or minor with questions about courses related to the Press, are a writer interested in publishing a book through the Press, or are looking for general Press-related information, please contact:

Dr. Ross K. Tangedal
Assistant Professor and Director of Cornerstone Press

Courses Related to the Cornerstone Press:

ENGL 339 – Book and Publication Design
ENGL 349 – Editing and Publishing
ENGL 350 – Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 373 – Publication for Teachers
ENGL 388 – Editorial Process
ENGL 389 – Book History
ENGL 390 – Profession of Authorship


The English Department offers a range of student-centered activities, from career workshops to speakers’ groups, to creative writing workshops. Students develop their work in University Writers club and publish the best of it in Barney Street, an outstanding student-run literary magazine. English Club students plan and participate in events such as movie nights, game nights, open-mic poetry readings, bad poetry contests, trips to plays and other activities participants enjoy. Sigma Tau Delta, an international English Honor Society, is a service organization dedicated to promoting English-language literature in the university and the surrounding community.

More student group opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

The English Department also offers opportunities for students to connect to the community beyond the boundaries of campus. The Life Stories Legacy Project connects students to community elders in order to tell their stories in published volumes.

Rising Voices Poetry Project connects students to area youth through poetry and writing activities.

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English: Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Navigate Your Major

Major Maps help students map their first day to the first job in their chosen field. While a four-year plan outlines classes to get a degree, Major Maps help students learn how to build career-ready skills and experiences outside the classroom. Each Major Map shows how students can get the most of their UW-Stevens Point journey from enrollment to graduation and beyond. It’s a roadmap to discovering your purpose!

English Department Scholarships

The Department of English offers scholarships to currently enrolled students. Some scholarships require an application, submission of an essay or poetry, and others are granted by faculty nomination and committee vote. Students are notified of available scholarships in class, on posters, and via email at the beginning of the spring semester.


English Department faculty at UW-Stevens Point pride themselves on the attention they give individual students to help them further and widen their interests, develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.
Ross Tangedal

Ross Tangedal

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Cornerstone Press

Lynn Ludwig

  • Professor

Jill Stukenberg

  • Professor
(715) 346 2334

Lawrence Morgan

  • Professor