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 3/3/2021

Diplomats Abroad Overcome Pandemic Challenges

Despite the waxing and waning of the pandemic’s intensity last fall and early winter, four  F&M graduates reached their destinations abroad and begin their teaching fellowships. These are their...

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Poetry at the Phillips Museum of Art
Story 2/23/2021

“Magnetic” Museum Inspires Student Poets

After receiving an intriguing assignment, students in an F&M poetry class explored what it means to write about art—and discovered lessons about themselves in the process. 

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Story 2/15/2021

Emerging Writers Festival Goes Virtual

The Emerging Writers Festival will feature online craft talks and readings from Feb. 18 to March 5. Learn more about featured writers and the virtual format. 

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Story 2/11/2021

Reimagining Access for Disabled Workers in Higher Education

Margaret Price opened Franklin & Marshall College’s spring Common Hour series with “Everyday Survival and Collective Action: What We Can Learn from Disabled Workers in Higher Education.”

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Story 1/13/2021

F&M poets find inspiration at the Phillips Museum of Art

In the fall, poets from Meg Day's Writing Poetry class found inspiration in the Nissley Gallery. 

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Story 11/12/2020

Why Writing 10 Failed Poems is Best Thing to Happen to You

A decade after visiting Franklin & Marshall College, poet Jericho Brown returned with a Pulitzer Prize and invaluable wisdom about giving your poetry a second chance. 

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Story 11/12/2020

Irish Poet Discusses Lessons Learned in Conflict Resolution

It was poignant that Pádraig Ó Tuama spoke at Franklin & Marshall College’s Common Hour on Nov. 11, a day that has honored the men and women who fought and died in war since 1918. 

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Story 9/6/2020

Acting is Essential in Storytelling Performances

April Armstrong, who has appeared on stage, screen and television as an actor and singer, recently discussed the difference between a one-person show and a storytelling performance, which she will...

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March 03
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Emerging Writers Festiva Reading with T Kira Madden and...

Virtual Event

READING featuring Tiana Clark and Vanessa Angelica Villarreal Join from a PC, Mac, iPad,...

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March 04
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Emerging Writers Festival Craft Talk with Meghan O'Gieblyn

Virtual Event

Craft Talk with Meghan O'Gieblyn Join Zoom Meeting https://fandm.zoom.us/j/96183345007...

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March 05
event 3/5/2021

Emerging Writers Festival Craft talk with T Kira Madden

Virtual Event

Craft Talk with T Kira Madden Join Zoom Meeting https://fandm.zoom.us/j/96817210038...

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March 09
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2021 Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Prize Craft...

Virtual Event

This event is open to the F&M community.   Join us via Zoom https://fandm.zoom.us/j/93513153401...

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March 09
event 3/9/2021

Young adult fiction writer Sara Farizan Q&A

Virtual Event

You are invited to drop into Professor Genevieve Abravanel's Young Adult Literature class for a...

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March 09
event 3/9/2021

2021 Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Prize Reading...

Virtual Event

This event is open to the F&M community.   Join us via Zoom https://fandm.zoom.us/j/99787955549...

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