Writing Major & Minor

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If you have a creative spark and a passion for shaping the world with your words, you’ll find your niche as a writing major or minor. As a 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 writing program offers courses in creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, playwriting, the English language and more.

The flexibility of the writing program 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. A 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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Faculty

Beth Birky

Professor of English
WGS Director

Duane Stoltzfus

Professor of Communication
Record Advisor

Ann Hostetler

Professor of English

Skip Barnett

Associate Professor of English
International Student Advisor

Jessica Baldanzi

Associate Professor of English

Micah Towery

Assistant Professor of English

Kyle Schlabach

Adjunct Professor of English