The philosophy of the Lindsay-Crane Center is that excellent writing deserves, and requires, an audience. In all writing classes, revision is central—as much a part of the writing process as composing itself. Revision is taught as an art, and the goal of the program is to have students produce work that has lasting appeal and importance—to generate literature, in other words, instead of just a document that satisfies a teacher's assignment. The concept of genre is sophisticated and broad in the Hiram College writing program, and craft is taught with precision and patient care.
In addition to classroom instruction that encourages work of publishable quality, the Lindsay-Crane provides special opportunities for growth in professional writing and editing. The Hiram Poetry Review, a national journal of poetry founded at Hiram College nearly fifty years ago, is edited by professor and poet Willard Greenwood and employs several students each year as assistant editors. In addition to gaining editorial experience, assistant editors have the opportunity to correspond with some of the nation's best contemporary poets. Other internships in the area that have given students excellent writing background have included Kent State University Press, University of Akron Press, Akron Life and Leisure Magazine, Pilgrim Press, local newspapers and radio stations, and the College Relations Office at Hiram College.
The Lindsay-Crane Book Series consists of distinctive volumes that are either about Hiram and Hiram College or by Hiram writers—often both. Books published by the Lindsay-Crane are often written and edited by students. The first book in the series, Hiram, U.S.A., for example, consists of twenty-eight essays about Hiram by Hiram alums and was edited by fifteen current Hiram students in a Professional Editing class. A monograph series is also mounted by the Lindsay-Crane and consists of published speeches and lectures by artists and scholars who have participated in annual programming, including Robert Sawyer, Michael Chasar, and Jeffrey Hammond.
Opportunities for Hiram undergraduates to present and publish work consist of public readings; participation in undergraduate conferences such as the National Undergraduate Literature Conference in Ogden, Utah, and the Susquehanna University Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference; journalistic work on the staffs of the Advance or the Spiderweb; inclusion of poems and essays and stories in contest anthologies; selection of work for collections sponsored by the Lindsay-Crane Book Series; placement of work in local, regional, and national magazines, with the direction and guidance of faculty. Hiram students often have work published before they graduate.
The writing that begins at Hiram often leads to writing careers after graduation. Recent graduates have become documentary filmmakers, managing editors of research corporations, teachers of writing and administrators of writing programs, and senior editors of major national magazines. Many writers have gone on to pursue MFAs in writing at some of the most prestigious writing schools in the nation, including University of Pittsburgh, University of Idaho, University of Alaska, Chatham University, University of Baltimore, Hollins University, Emerson College, the New School, NEOMFA, University of Arizona, and University of Florida. Others have earned a Ph.D. in literature at Ohio University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Alums have published creative and scholarly work in Milkweed Editions, University of Iowa Press, University of Missouri Press, University of Akron Press, Ohio Writer, The Rambler, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Sonora Review.
The faculty of the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature believe in practicing the craft they teach, and have published on a diverse range of subjects and in a wide array of genres. Their work has often been award-winning, including Pushcart Prize nominations, the Cleveland State Poetry Prize, Individual Artist Grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the Appalachian Book of the Year Award, and NEH and NEA fellowships and grants. Part-time faculty who teach writing regularly at Hiram College include fiction writer Sarah Willis and young adult fiction writer Jeanne (J.T.) Dutton. Sarah has won both the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature. Jeanne (J.T.) Dutton has published Freaked with HarperTeen and has a second volume forthcoming with the same press.