Offering literary study and creative writing


 Since we cannot separate language or literature from their cultural and intellectual contexts, the literature component of the English major at Franklin & Marshall offers a substantial historical base, with core courses on topics in the traditional periods of British and American literature.

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Creative Writing

 The track in creative writing joins the passion for language and imaginative writing with the study of literature. It is built upon the premise that reading widely and deeply in literature, including contemporary literature, is essential to becoming a skilled creative writer: in other words, that the best writers are also avid, engaged readers.

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The Pulse

Story 4/21/2016

Meg Day's Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship Recap:...

Last week, as I was sitting on the Capricornia Cays National Park pontoon in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef and shading my eyes from the neon glow of the water, all I could think was There is...

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Story 4/14/2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Speak at F&M in October

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball's all-time leading scorer and the six-time NBA champion who is now a writer and political activist, has been named Franklin & Marshall College's 2016 Mueller Fellow.

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Story 4/4/2016

Five Writers, Three Days, One Rewarding Event

For 15 years, Franklin & Marshall College's Emerging Writers Festival has been bringing five young writers to campus for three days of intensive workshops and intimate readings, giving students a...

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Story 3/31/2016

2016 Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Prize

 The 2016 Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Prize winner is Scott Rapoport '17.  Delia Pepper '16 was awarded runner-up.  Photo (l-r):  Scott Rapoport '17 , prize judge Robin Black, Larry Bank...

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Story 3/18/2016

Renowned Short Story Writer, Novelist Robin Black to Read at...

 Black also named the winner of the Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Prize, senior Scott Rapoport, and runner-up Delia Pepper. 

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Story 2/5/2016

Writer's Story: Danticat Touches on Memory of Experience

"I became a writer because I was told stories, and it's a really big part of what I try to copy from the time that I was very young," author Edwidge Danticat, the 2016 Hausman Lecturer, told a...

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Story 2/2/2016

Haitian-American Novelist Edwidge Danticat to Deliver 2016...

When she arrived in the United States, Edwidge Danticat was a shy, 12-year-old Haitian girl "on the cusp of adolescence," reuniting with parents she had not seen for years. To express her conflicting...

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Story 12/17/2015

Teagle Grant Supports Linking of Business, Liberal Arts

F&M  and two collaborating institutions — Bucknell University and the University of Pennsylvania — have received a $280,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to continue work linking business...

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Story 11/16/2015

Students Talk Shop With Cast and Crew of Acclaimed Broadway...

Students enrolled in English classes at F&M and members of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House community traveled to New York City in late October to see the musical, "Fun Home," and get a...

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Story 11/5/2015

Acclaimed Author, Memoirist Andre Dubus III to Read from...

Bestselling novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III comes to Franklin & Marshall College Nov. 11 and 12 to discuss the craft and writing and interact with students. 

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