First Graduate of the Professional Writing Program Scores Gig with The New York Times

The ink was barely dry on Devin Hendricks’ bachelor of arts — the first granted by the Professional Writing program — before the recent grad secured a choice assignment as an occasional contributor to The New York Times.

Devin may be a newly-minted professional, but she’s been a decidedly active regular contributing writer to Flaunt and Study Break as an editorial intern. For Flaunt, she’s covered everything from a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at The Broad and Stranger Things’ return to Netflix, to Kendall + Kylie’s Limited Edition Collection at Saks, and a Tommy Hilfiger auction benefiting Autism Speaks. The former program manager of Moria, Woodbury’s student-run literary magazine, is now a public relations assistant for Hometech Construction & Design, an online resource for home improvement projects, and the author of Letting it Happen, a new chapbook.

“I’ve spent my whole life working towards something,” Devin says. “I didn’t always know what it was, but I knew it was bigger than my current situation. And I knew that I could not stop, I had to keep pushing forward. But today I feel like I am exactly where I need to be.”

“Devin has the soul of a writer — dedicated to the craft, innately curious, and eager to share her insights and enthusiasm in ways that move people,” says Linda L. Dove, Ph.D., adjunct faculty member in the Professional Writing program which is part of the College of Liberal Arts.

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