Offering literary study and creative writing

Literature

 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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Great things are happening in the English Department

 

Story 1/15/2018

‘Quiet’ Writing in an Age of Screaming

Professor of English Nicholas Montemarano’s latest novel, “The Senator’s Children,” uses aspects a decade-old political scandal to examine the lives of a damaged family. One critic called his writing...

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Story 12/21/2017

High Impact Book-Making

In Fall 2017, Professor Tamara Goeglein taught her Connections 185 course, entitled “Who Reads Books?”  At the end of the course, the students made books.

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Story 12/20/2017

Bringing Our Bird’s Eye View Class to Life

Bird’s Eye View: Falconry and Nature in Literature had the amazing opportunity to bring our class to life through two experiences.

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Story 12/1/2017

Beyond Borders

Humanitarian crises drive Jason Cone '99 with a sense of purpose — and at times, a bit of outrage, too. 

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Story 11/6/2017

F&M students travel to NYC to learn about career...

 On Friday, October 13, the Writers House and English Department co-sponsored a career exploration trip to NYC attended by 19 students.  

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Story 10/20/2017

Autumn Research Fair: Learning Why Writers Write What They...

Time-honored advice for would-be authors is “write what you know.” Franklin & Marshall College senior Joseph Yamulla kept that in mind as he researched how location and place influenced the writings...

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Story 10/20/2017

Speaker Gives the Skinny on Being Fat

Audiences unfamiliar with author Kimberly Dark and her performance, “Things I Learned from Fat People on a Plane,” might think by the title she is anything but voluptuous. 

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Story 9/14/2017

From Running to Cooking, Journalists Discuss Their Craft and...

September features health and fitness nonfiction at Philadelphia Alumni Writers House  with journalists Christopher McDougall Jen A. Miller on Sept. 21, and Phoebe Lapine on Sept. 27. 

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Story 9/13/2017

F&M Poet Returns to the Classroom After a Year Abroad on...

Professor and poet, Meg Day reflected on her journey, where  she explored 16 countries around the world as a recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. 

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Story 9/1/2017

Talking with Author Emily St. John Mandel

The acclaimed author of the postapocalyptic 2014 novel, “Station Eleven,” visit F&M on Sept. 13 for a conversation and a reading at the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House.

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January 24
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January Writers House Community Meeting

Writers House Reading Room

Commune meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and...

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February 15
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A Reading with Justin Hopkins '06

Writers House Reading Room

Part dramatic criticism, part study-abroad memoir, My Year with Shakespeare tells the story of an...

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February 21
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February Writers House Community Meeting

Writers House Reading Room

Commune meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and...

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February 28
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Bank Prize Craft Talk with Carmen Maria Machado

Writers House Reading Room

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is a finalist for...

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February 28
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Bank Prize Reading with Carmen Maria Machado

Writers House Reading Room

The Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Prize was endowed by Lawrence H. Bank, Esq. '65 to...

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March 21
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March Writers House Community Meeting

Writers House Reading Room

Commune meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and...

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