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


Story 4/13/2018

Writing the Self: English Professor Reads from New Memoir

On one of the first warm nights of spring, Associate Professor of English Sands Hall delivered a joyful reading at Franklin & Marshall College from her recently released memoir, “Flunk. Start.:...

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Story 4/4/2018

Poets and Playwrights Help Kick Off 17th Emerging Writers...

Since 2002, the Franklin & Marshall College English Department’s marquee event, Emerging Writers Festival (EWF), has helped launch the careers of 85 writers. This year's event is April 4-6 and offers...

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Story 3/20/2018

F&M 'Disability Studies Symposium' to Foster Inclusivity and...

Alison Hobbs, director of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at Franklin & Marshall College, said that for nondisabled people to understand the experiences of of those who are disabled is to...

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Story 3/20/2018

English Professor Explores Invisible Realities in New Book

Jessica Alexander, visiting assistant professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College, teaches courses on contemporary horror and gothic fiction as well as on reading and writing speculative...

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Story 2/23/2018

I Was a Queer Child and So Were You

Kathryn Bond Stockton Distinguished Professor of English, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity, Dean, School for Cultural and Social Transformation, University of Utah Presented in a...

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Story 2/23/2018

Speaker Addresses the Penetrative Power of Words

Kathryn Bond Stockton spoke on Feb. 22 talk at Franklin & Marshall College’s Common Hour. Her talk, “I Was a Queer Child and So Were You,” was part theory and part performance and posed questions...

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Story 2/20/2018

Alumni Profile: Molly Horan Ferguson '00

Molly Horan Ferguson graduated in 2000 with a major in English and a minor in Women's Studies and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  

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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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April 25
event 4/25/2018

Donut Wednesday

Writers House Dining Room

Join us for donuts, fruit, coffee, tea, juice, and conversation! 

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April 27
event 4/27/2018

English Department Awards Reading and Writers House End of...

Writers House Reading Room

Join the Department of English and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House as they recognize the...

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