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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Great things are happening in the English Department


October 26
event 10/26/2019

Homecoming & Alumni Arts Review Reading and Reception

Writers House Reading Room

 Join us for a Homecoming reception and short readings by alumni of poems, stories, and essays from...

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October 29
event 10/29/2019

Advanced Studies in England

Joseph International Center Forum 101

An information session for the Advanced Studies in England program, located in Bath, England. For...

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Story 9/23/2019

F&M Senior Named ‘Most Promising’ by Academy of American...

He’s African American, but he was raised in an overseas environment where he never encountered racism. Yet, Franklin & Marshall College senior Jonny Teklit eloquently captured the historic, often...

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Story 9/5/2019

Letter From an F&M Student Abroad: My Summer in Wales

This summer, having finished her first year at Franklin & Marshall College, sophomore Lydia Shaw studied as a Fulbright Summer Participant in the United Kingdom. The following is Shaw’s letter about...

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Story 8/13/2019

Nationally acclaimed poet Patricia Smith selects Jessica...

 The Department of English congratulates Visiting Assistant Professor Jessica Guzman on her selection as the winner of the 2019 Gatewood Prize.

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