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

 

October 24
event 10/24/2017

Hausman Craft Talk: Nick Flynn

Writers House Reading Room

Nick Flynn is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands,...

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October 24
event 10/24/2017

2017-2018 Hausman Lecture

Barshinger Concert Hall

2017-2018 Hausman Lecture Nick Flynn Barshinger Center for the Musical Arts 8:00 pm Reading...

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October 26
event 10/26/2017

A Reading with Sinan Antoon

Writers House Reading Room

Widely considered one of the world's leading Arab writers, Dr. Sinan Antoon will give a talk and...

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November 01
event 11/1/2017

Donut Wednesday!

Writers House Dining Room

Join us for donuts, coffee, fruit, juice, and conversation. 

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November 01
event 11/1/2017

Feminist Flash Fiction Celebration

Writers House Reading Room

Join us for awards, celebration, and readings of entries in the Feminist Flash Fiction contest on...

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November 02
event 11/2/2017

Ware College House Great Room

Gabriella Romani, "The Moncalvos: Translating a Novel of fin-de-siècle Italian Jewish Life"...

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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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Story 8/16/2017

Allison Shockley's Excellent Ireland Adventure

 This summer I had the indelible opportunity to spend three weeks in Ireland thanks to the Alice and Ray Drum British Isles Summer Travel Award. 

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Story 6/23/2017

Off-Campus Study: Teresa Chappell '18

Creative Writing, French double major and Chinese minor studies in Hangzhou, China.

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Story 5/2/2017

Senior Spotlight: Embracing the Importance of Community

"My most memorable time at F&M was when I had the honor of bringing Mark Charles to campus to speak at Common Hour. " As they prepare for their May 13 Commencement Ceremony, Franklin & Marshall...

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Story 4/20/2017

2017 William Uhler Hensel Senior Prize

The 2017 William Uhler Hensel Senior Prize winner is Lucy Kirkman '17.  Her winning essay is titled "The Entangled Self in Henry James's 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'The Golden Bowl'".

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Story 4/20/2017

The 2017 Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize

The 2017 Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize winner is Terrence Dalton '18. His winning poem is titled "Day 1:". 

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