books on a table beside a typewriter

English

Learning to read literature is like learning to see a whole new world.

Close, attentive reading. Critical and creative writing. Independent research. As an English major, you’ll develop your own questions and directions as you explore the traditions of American, African American, ethnic American, British, Irish, and global postcolonial literatures. You’ll hone your skills in literary theory and interpretation. Whether your interests lead you to pursue scholarly or creative writing, you’ll find many opportunities to learn from the regular faculty as well as guest scholars and authors through programs like Writers@Grinnell. We encourage you to conduct original research and study abroad to venture beyond the existing curriculum. You’ll be well prepared for advanced study or careers in fields such as journalism, law, publishing, media, or education.

Writing at Grinnell

Dorothy Allison at Grinnell College

Writers@Grinnell

Writers@Grinnell, the English department’s reading series, brings to campus writers of all kinds: poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists, radio essayists, columnists, graphic memoirists, playwrights, and short story writers.

A student receives help from the Writing Lab

Creative Writing

The English department believes that creative writing ought to be fully integrated into the formal study of literature.

Dustin Dixon and John Garrison

Scholars' Convocation and W@G Book Release Celebration for Dustin Dixon and John Garrison

Scholars' Convocation and Writers@Grinnell partner up to celebrate the book release of Grinnell College faculty members Dustin Dixon and John Garrison on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at noon in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center (JRC), Room 101.
Melissa Febos & Donika Kelly

Writers@Grinnell Welcomes Melissa Febos and Donika Kelly

Writers@Grinnell reading with Melissa Febos and Donika Kelly, on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at 8 p.m. in the Grinnell College Museum of Art.
Ralph Savarese & Tilly Woodward

W@G Book Release Celebration for Ralph Savarese.

W@G celebrates the book release of “Did We Make It?” by Grinnell College faculty member Ralph Savarese on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at 8 p.m. in the Grinnell Museum of Art. A chapbook of Ekphrastic poetry written in response to paintings by Tilly Woodward.

Department Information

Phone
641-269-4655
Fax
641-269-9942

Humanities and Social Studies Center
1226 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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