Develop Your Talent and Versatility as a Writer
The Old English term wordcræft captures the essence of the way English Department students and faculty
work on creative, professional, and analytical writing. Instead of relying solely on the inspiration of a moment,
writers at Marist develop their craft through practice, conversation, and revision. Careful reading plays
a key role in this process; whether they are reading Jack Kerouac or James Baldwin, writers at Marist pay
close attention to the way particular writers deploy the rhetorical tools at their disposal.
The Writing concentration in the English major enables students to sharpen
their skills in a wide range of genres and styles. In a given semester, a
student might work with a professional client in a Technical Writing course,
compose verse for a Poetry Workshop, and ponder Aristotle's ideas for a
Rhetorical Theory class.
Extracurricular opportunities to write are similarly varied. Writers at Marist
perform at poetry slams, conduct staged readings of one another's work,
and present both their creative and scholarly work at national conferences.
The craft of good writing emerges not through isolated effort, but through
collaborative, playful, and thoughtful exchange with others.
Internships play a key role in introducing students to professional opportunities in writing and editing. The
experiences of current and former students such as Christie Sheehan '12, Anna Durkin '15, James Napoli '12,
and Nicole Knoebel '15 demonstrate the many venues in which students can pursue careers in publishing,
magazine writing, and editing.