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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.

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Creative Writing

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

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Special Event: How “Made for Love” Got Made

Executive Producer Alissa Nutting, Christina Lee, Dean Bakopoulos, and other cast and crew from HBO Max’s new series “Made for Love.” Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraquib, Armando Montaño Memorial Lecture

Poet, essayist, and cultural critic, Hanif Abdurraquib will give this year's Armando Montaño Memorial Lecture which has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m.
Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee - Distinguished Author

2021 Distinguished Author: Alexander Chee Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m. Winners of the 2020-2021 English Writing Awards will also be presented.

Department Information

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1226 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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