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In Grinnell’s English curriculum you will read, analyze, discuss, and enjoy American, British, Irish, and Postcolonial literature. You will do intensive writing, with the chance to produce both creative and critical works. You can study independently and travel abroad, such as on the Grinnell-in-London program, and connect with visiting authors and critics on campus.  English majors go on to pursue advanced degrees or careers in fields such as education, journalism, law, public relations, or research.

Writing at Grinnell

Dorothy Allison at Grinnell College


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.

Jumi Bello, Soliel Ho, and Concepcion De Leon

Writers After Grinnell Alumni Panel with Jumi Bello, Soleil Ho, and Concepción de León

Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m. In our occasional series, this group of Grinnell College alumni share the experiences they’ve faced as writers and women of color in competitive, exciting, and sometimes hostile professional environments.
Ed Pavlić and Derrick Harriell

Ed Pavlić and Derrick Harriell: Week of April 4, 2021

Poets Ed Pavlić and Derrick Harriell, Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m.
Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraquib, Armando Montaño Memorial Lecture: Week of April 18, 2021

Poet, essayist, and cultural critic, Hanif Abdurraquib will give this year's Armando Montaño Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m.

Department Information

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