Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature


The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature views reading and writing as foundations of the liberal arts tradition, of lifelong learning, and of culture in all its forms.

Image: Student in the writing center

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature offers special opportunities for all Hiram College writers and readers.

In a complex world, there is real demand for the clarity of communication that the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature encourages. Every year, the Center offers multiple co-curricular opportunities for students in every discipline to grow as readers and writers:

  • Readings and classroom visits by prominent authors in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry;
  • Interdisciplinary ventures with other programs and Centers that bring writers from multiple disciplines to campus to speak about their work and the writing process;
  • Writing contests that provide students with the opportunity to have their work read by professional writers;
  • Mentorship 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;
  • Community reading programs that connect Hiram College classroom experiences with area schools, libraries, and other organizations by having students and residents of the wider community read and discuss a single book simultaneously with multiple enrichment opportunities such as speakers, films, and hands-on activities.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

The Lindsay Crane Center believes in the abilities and talents of Hiram students and works to develop opportunities for them to grow and learn both on-campus and off.

Internships

With internships, students can explore careers and gain professional experience that makes them appealing to employers after graduation. The Lindsay-Crane Center works closely with the Career Center to identify writing-related positions, advertise them to students, and help students develop application materials.

Hiram Connect

Hiram Connect requires that all students complete an experiential learning activity before they graduate. This activity can be a study-abroad course, research experience, or an internship. Internships are a great way to get hands-on professional experience in a potential career path before graduating. Faculty affiliated with the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature work closely with students interested in writing- and literature-related career paths to find internships that will  give them professional experience in these fields. The Career Center also has an online job board with available positions.

On-Campus Internships

Hiram College students have worked on-campus in writing-related positions, including in College Relations writing press releases and stories about events on campus; for the Hiram Poetry Review as editorial assistants; and as writing assistants for first-year writing courses.

Off-Campus Internships

Writing is a valuable skill in every industry. Students have found internships that involve reading and writing in a wide variety of companies and fields both close to Hiram College and near their hometowns. Hiram College students have recently completed internships at the following organizations:

  • Akron Life magazine
  • Lake Erie Ink

Resumes and Cover Letters

The Career Center and faculty affiliated with the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature assist students in designing and revising resumes and cover letters for appropriate positions. The Career Center regularly hosts resume workshops and will work one-on-one with students to fine-tune their application materials; it also hosts practice interview sessions so students can prepare for in-person interviews.

Funding

Hiram College offers funding that allows students to take unpaid or low-paying internships. Students apply for these funds through the Career Center. 

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature was founded in 2006 and is named for two poets with close ties to Northeast Ohio. It is based in neighboring buildings: the Stephen and Jacquelyn Love Writing House and Bonney Castle.

Bonney Castle
Bonney Castle, the oldest building affiliated with Hiram College, served as an inn in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Writing House
The Stephen and Jacquelyn Love Writing House is a Queen Anne style house built in the 1890s and originally used as a boarding house.

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, Philosophy, 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.

Writing Programs:

  • Creative Writing Major
  • Writing Minor
  • English Major and Minor

Contact Us

Kathy Luschek

Associate Director of the Garfield Institute, Program Coordinator for the Centers of Distinction