Majors and Minors
The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature supports writers and readers in all disciplines at Hiram College. Student participants in Lindsay-Crane Center programming have majored in Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Communication, Creative Writing, Education, English, Environmental Studies, History, Religious Studies, Theatre Arts and more.
The Center works particularly closely with the English Department to link its programming with concurrent coursework in English and Creative Writing.
Professional Development Opportunities
The Center offers a rich array of artistic and professional opportunities outside the classroom as supplements to the students' interdisciplinary curricular experiences. This combination produces practiced and accomplished writers and critics who are ready for professions or graduate work.
- A regional and national reputation for a specialty in creative nonfiction. The Lindsay-Crane Center regularly brings nonfiction writers to campus, where students have the opportunity to interact with them in intimate settings, such as classes and lunch discussions. Students submit their work annually to the Kroehle Contest in Creative Nonfiction. The Center also sponsors the summer Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction for high-school students.
- Opportunities to attend conferences. The Lindsay-Crane Center works with students to submit their creative and scholarly work to regional and national conferences. In recent years, students have presented at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference, the Hollins University Literary Festival, and the Susquehanna University Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference. The Center also co-sponsors student trips to the annual conference of AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs).
- Writing Assistantships. Students gain teaching experience as trained writing assistants for the Writing Center and in the First-Year Seminar program, an opportunity not usually available until graduate school. Historically, the awarding of teaching assistantships in graduate school has been enhanced by this distinctive undergraduate experience.
- Leadership positions. Students work as staff members for the Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction, as well as for on-campus academic conferences and literary events such as the Howard S. Bissell Hart Crane Symposium and the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read.
- Internships. The Lindsay-Crane Center offers several on-campus internships with the Center and the Hiram Poetry Review. It also assists students in identifying and applying for off-campus internships at area arts organizations, publishers, corporations, and magazines.
- Student readings and scholarly presentations. Students have multiple opportunities to share their work in public forums, including receptions for the Lindsay-Crane Center's multiple writing contests and practice sessions for students preparing to present at conferences.