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What can you get involved in outside of class when you're an English major at Lindenwood? You've got several options!

Creative Writing Club

Creative Writing Club

This club meets regularly to plan and host literary events on campus and to workshop club members’ writing. If you love to write and want to be around others who feel the same way, the Creative Writing Club is here for you. Some of its recent activities include sponsoring a Dark Carnival writing contest and publishing a chapbook with scary stories by the contest winner and other contributors, as well as planning and hosting three “write-in” events for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

In 2019-2020 the club continued to workshop writing, sponsor NaNoWriMo write-in events, and encourage a virtual writing community alongside face-to-face events.

Meetings are held in the Writing Center in the LARC. The club is informal and relaxed, open to any and all who love to write.

Faculty Advisor:  Daniel Plate, PhD,


Arrow Rock

Arrow Rock is Lindenwood University's student-run literary journal, published annually or biannually. You can enroll in the Arrow Rock course to learn about journal production, including  coming up with an issue theme, soliciting for contributors, selecting, editing, organizing submissions, and designing the layout. You also have the opportunity to get your work published in the journal. Arrow Rock is committed to promoting and providing a mature environment for Lindenwood University students to publish quality fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and artwork, while showcasing the integrity and individual talents of each writer or artist.

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Faculty Advisor: Susan Edele, MFA,

Student art from recent issues of Arrow Rock.

Student art from recent issues of Arrow Rock.


Sigma Tau Delta

Abby Manis brings The Great Gatsby to life in Dr. Justine Pas’s American literature class “Space and Identity.”
Abby Manis brings The Great Gatsby to life in Dr. Justine Pas’s American literature class “Space, Place, and Identity.”

English majors at Lindenwood can become members of the Kappa Beta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Membership is through invitation, though you can read through the membership requirements and then contact our faculty advisor for consideration. Sigma Tau Delta sponsors events such as the Writing Bootcamp series, which helps students tune up their essay-writing skills before finals.

Faculty Advisor: Melissa Ridley Elmes, PhD, 

Student Research Conference

The Student Research Conference is an opportunity for students to display their scholarly and creative projects to the Lindenwood community. You can either work in a poster format or give a presentation in concurrent sessions. You can nominate yourself or a faculty member may nominate you. English students have been known to team up to form panels; for instance, in 2017 a group of English students won second place for their roundtable discussion, "Chaucer's Women: A Look at Femininity in the Canterbury Tales."

Learn more about the Student Research Conference.


Student Writing Awards

Every year, the Department of English offers three writing awards in which students compete for recognition. Winners are announced at the annual Honors Convocation in the spring.

The Linda L. Ross Creative Writing Award

Kara Neely, 2017 Ross Award Winner

Open to students at the sophomore level or above. This award goes to the student who, in the judgment of the English faculty, has submitted the best creative writing that year.

Past Ross Award Winners:

2020: Emerson Holmes

2019: Caitlin Birenbaum

2018: Elizabeth Peterson

2017: Kara Neely (pictured)

2016: Valentina Tablante


The Howard Barnett Essay Award

Howard Barnett Essay Award Winner Katherine Gierer

Open to students at the sophomore level or above. This award goes to the student who, in the judgment of the English faculty, has written the best essay of the year.

Past Barnett Award Winners:

2020: Alysan Amann

2019: Katherine Gierer (pictured)

2018: Katherine Gierer (pictured)

2015: Rebecca Ann Spaggiari 

2014: Katelyn Preuss


The Jean Fields Award

Fields Award Winner Alexa Pressley

Open to freshmen students only. This award goes to the freshman who, in the judgment of the English faculty, has produced the best essay OR the best creative writing piece that year.

Past Fields Award Winners:

2020: Madison Ross

2019: Amber Fregalette

2018: Alexa Pressley (pictured)

2017: Nate Applebaum

2016: Hao Nguyen



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