English Writing Major

If you have a creative spark and a passion for shaping the world with your words, you’ll find your niche as an English writing major. As an English writing student, you’ll work with a faculty mentor to discern your writing strengths and interests as you develop a sophomore writing portfolio and an individualized senior writing practicum. In addition to giving you practical experience in writing, editing and publishing, our English writing program offers courses in creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, playwriting, the English language and more.

The flexibility of the English writing major allows you to tailor the program to your own interests and professional goals through electives and extracurricular involvement. You can publish your writing in The Record, our distinguished student-run newspaper; Broadside, an outlet for short poems and prose; or Red Cents, an award-winning creative arts journal. For your senior project, you’ll write and publish your own book with Pinchpenny Press, then hold a release party to sell it!

Goshen College writing students have interned with top-notch organizations like Sojourners Magazine, Beacon Press and The Lancaster News. An English writing degree from GC shows future employers that you possess excellent writing and critical thinking abilities, essential for success in graduate school or the professional world.

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Gundy to speak about ‘Poetry, the Sleeping King, and Creative Doubt’ on Oct. 21

Jeff Gundy, an award-winning writer on the cutting edge of poetry and creative nonfiction and a central figure in Mennonite literature, will give a presentation on “Poetry, the Sleeping King, and Creative Doubt” on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

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2013-2014 Department Newsletter Just Released

2013-2014 has been a busy year for the English department: 10 graduates, 8 Broadsides, 7 Pinchpenny books, 6 State awards for Red Cents, and 5 guest writers. Check out these numbers and more in our latest newsletter.

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Storyteller John Ruth to offer April lecture at Goshen College

John Ruth will offer a lecture about his new memoir, “Branch,” in Goshen College’s Newcomer Center Room 17 on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture, during which books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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Goshen College students win state awards for newspaper, literary publication

Goshen College students involved with campus publications were recently honored for their work at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) competition for print media.

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Poet Julia Kasdorf to offer workshop, poetry reading at Goshen College

Award-winning poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf will offer a poetry reading in the Church-Chapel Koinonia Room on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the reading, during which books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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