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Prose, Poetry, and Writing for Work.
Books are quiet things unless you love them; if you do, they scream for your attention. And if you were born under the writer's star, your affliction is even worse -- what you see, what you feel, what you learn, what you do, what you sense, even what you smell (such as your beloved book) must all compulsively find their ways to the page.
Serve your imagination in a practical way. Prepare for "real-world writing." Technical and professional writers move from the book to the laptop, from classroom writing to workplace analysis, from student to leader.
At Wilkes, we understand your love affair
with the book and the page. We have it too. And in our English program, you will work with individuals who will help you explore those passions to deepen your knowledge and skill in your chosen field -- whether literature, teaching, or workplace writing. Our English professors have open-door policies, encourage discussion and debate, and tailor their advising to your needs and expectations.
But many other opportunities also enrich our students' experiences. The Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Reading Series funds visits by major writers such as Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Amiri Baraka, and Bobbie Ann Mason.
The English Program sponsors an Online Writing Center
that employs student writing consultants, giving students an excellent background in editing, teaching and mentoring. And with thanks to Dr. J. Michael Lennon, one of Norman Mailer's literary executors, The Norman Mailer Room in the E.S. Farley Library contains an extensive collection of Mailer's works and memorabilia.
English majors frequently become certified
in Secondary Education; others take positions in journalism, editing and publication, advertising, or corporate work; or go on to graduate school in English or to law school.
Roald Hoffman, Nobel Laureate and Accomplished Poet, Visits Wilkes University
Jennifer Carey, mother of English alumnus Lauren Carey, holds up a periodic table signed by Ronald Hoffman.
Roald Hoffmann, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in chemistry, read poetry in conjunction with his appearance delivering the 2012 Catherine H. Bone Lecture in Chemistry at Wilkes University.
An accomplished poet as well a world-class chemist, Hoffmann read his poetry in the Salon of Kirby Hall. The reading was co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and by the Chemistry Department.
Wilkes Students Participate in the 7th annual Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
After successfully delivering their papers at the Sixth Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, students Jason Neare, Erin Robinson, Jon Kadjeski, Brittney Grizzanti, and Sarah Crolick gather for a group photo with Dr. Janet Starner and Dr. Thomas Hamill.
Erin Robinson and Jason Neare discuss their papers with audience members after their presentation at the Sixth Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies Hosted by Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex.