Hiram College

Writing Minor

Traditional Undergraduate

Focused on the Written Word

Hiram College’s liberal arts curriculum values the importance of communicating ones thoughts and ideas through writing. The minor in writing offers all Hiram students the opportunity to focus on writing in a way that can augment their Hiram experience.


Who are Hiram’s Writing Students?

They are those who wish to enhance their writing skills while focusing on other subject areas. They understand that having strong writing skills can open many doors for them. Students often combine the minor with a wide range of other disciplines, including Philosophy, Math, Environmental Studies, Biomedical Humanities, Psychology, Communication, History and Biology. They may instead consider majors in Creative Writing or English. Often, they help at The Writing Center, serving as paid assistants in first-year introductory courses. 

Interested in the Writing Minor? 

The minor in writing requires a firm commitment on the part of the student and approval by the writing faculty. There are two deadlines each year for submitting applications to pursue the minor in writing (November 1 and March 1). Students must apply by the end of their junior year. An electronic application form should be requested from Professor Mary Quade and submitted to her electronically at quademr@hiram.edu.

Opportunities in Writing

The English program at Hiram College offers students exciting opportunities to distinguish themselves and develop professional experience and expertise while still undergraduates. Students work closely with faculty mentors to identify programs and experiences that will connect most directly with their own interests and goals.


    The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature offers many opportunities for students, including contests in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, which recognize the best student-crafted creative writing. Hiram students also regularly win prizes in the East Central Colleges (ECC) competitions in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry; all ECC winners’ work is published in a collection.

  • Bonney Castle

    Hiram College’s English program is housed in historic Bonney Castle, a nineteenth-century inn that has been renovated to include a multimedia-equipped seminar room, a small library, a fully-equipped kitchen, and faculty offices. Bonney Castle is also home to the Hiram Poetry Review.


    Located next door to Bonney Castle, the Stephen and Jacquelyn Love Writing House is home to Hiram College writers. It includes the Writing Center, two classrooms, kitchenette, space for readings and receptions, and faculty offices.

  • The Writing Center

    The Writing Center--not to be confused with the Lindsay-Crane Center for Literature and Writing--encourage budding writers to take on positions as tutors for Hiram College students. Skilled writers who are hired at the Writing Center help with essays and the first-year program courses.

  • Hiram Poetry Review

    This national journal has been in continuous publication since 1966. It is published annually and edited by Professor Willard Greenwood and a team of student editorial assistants.

Mary Quade Headshot

Mary Quade, M.F.A.

Professor of English

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