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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News & Events

The Record and Red Cents receive state awards

Goshen College students involved with campus publications were recently honored for their work at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) competition for print media. ICPA presented awards at its annual conference on April 11 in Indianapolis. Among the winners were staff members of The Record, the student newspaper, and Red Cents, the student arts journal.

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Helen Frost to present writing workshop, book reading at Goshen College April 29

Helen Frost, an award-winning writer for young adults, will lead a writing workshop on Wednesday, April 29 from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Goshen College’s Newcomer Center, Room 19. A book reading will follow at 7:30 p.m.

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GC students publish Pinchpenny Press chapbooks

Goshen College’s Pinchpenny Press released four student chapbooks, an anthology of nonfiction essays and a creative arts magazine this month. Pinchpenny Press publishes chapbooks for students, faculty and friends of Goshen College. The program began in 1969 and has since produced 188 books.

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Marta Brunner '89 named head librarian at Skidmore College

Marta Brunner, head of collections, research and instructional services in the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA, has been named the new college librarian at Skidmore College.

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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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Ann Hostetler

Ann Hostetler

Professor of English

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Duane Stoltzfus

Duane Stoltzfus

Professor of Communication, SST Leader- Peru

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Beth Birky

Beth Birky

Professor of English, WGS Director

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Jessica Baldanzi

Jessica Baldanzi

Associate Professor of English

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Skip Barnett

Skip Barnett

Associate Professor of English, International Student Advisor

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Kyle Schlabach

Kyle Schlabach

Assistant Professor of English, Record Advisor

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Micah Towery

Micah Towery

Adjunct Professor of English

Elise Derstine

Elise Derstine

Adjunct Professor of Communication

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