According to the National Endowment for the Arts, “Literary reading strongly correlates to other forms of active civic participation. Literary readers are more likely than non-literary readers to perform volunteer and charity work, visit art museums, attend performing arts events, and attend sporting events.” In addition, businesses and organizations of all types need employees with strong writing skills. In a complex world, there is real demand for the clarity of communication that the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature encourages.
The Lindsay-Crane Center offers special opportunities that contribute to intellectual and artistic pleasure and growth for all Hiram College writers and readers:
- Readings by prominent authors in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry;
- Writing contests that provide students with the opportunity to have their work read by professional writers;
- Mentoring by dedicated faculty that assists students in finding world-class internship and publication options while still undergraduates;
- One of the nation’s oldest Writing Across the Curriculum programs that provides undergraduate students with professional teaching and tutoring experience.
The Center is also committed to outreach to the wider community, inviting area residents to participate in visits by authors and extending its programming through events at local schools and libraries. The Center also engages in interdisciplinary ventures with other departments and Centers.