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Campus Learning Outside the Classroom

English majors and minors have numerous opportunities on campus to enhance their education and gain additional professional knowledge. The English Department sponsors a number of workshops and lectures every semester.  Many of these are career oriented and feature themes such as how to get published and how to write a first novel. Speakers have included authors, literary agents, and members of Hofstra's faculty sharing their professional insights.

The Great Writers, Great Readings series has been sponsored by Hofstra University and the English Department since 2004. This program features renowned novelists, poets, screenwriters, essayists, and playwrights who read from and discuss their work, and meet with Hofstra students in a Question and Answer session. Great Writers, Great Readings participants have included the very best contemporary writers:

  • Ann Beattie
  • Frank Bidart
  • Eavan Boland
  • Antonio Cisneros
  • Kiran Desai
  • Deborah Eisenberg
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Louise Gluck
  • Vivian Gornick
  • Richard Greenberg
  • Patricia Hampl
  • Terrance Hayes
  • Edward P. Jones
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • Craig Lucas
  • W.S. Merwin
  • Donald Margulies
  • John McPhee
  • Paul Muldoon
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Lynn Nottage
  • Sharon Olds
  • Cynthia Ozick
  • Molly Peacock
  • Sarah Ruhl
  • Charles Simic
  • Mona Simpson
  • Rosanna Warren
  • Edmund White

Hofstra students may also participate in the annual Summer Writers Program, presented for more than two decades by the English Department and the University's College of Continuing Education.  Students earn three credits in two weeks during the month of July. They choose to focus on a style of writing (mystery, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, sports writing, playwriting, graphic novels, and screenwriting are examples) and take workshops with a successful published author who has a specialty in that genre.

Two other groups may be of interest to English majors:

Font Magazine, the student-edited literary magazine, features poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, personal essays, plays, photography, line drawings, and paintings.  Font is published once a semester.

Hofstra Writers is a creative writing club for student writers--poets, playwrights, fiction and nonfiction writers.  Weekly meetings are held in an relaxed, informal atmosphere.  

Students are also invited to join the Hofstra Writers Portal Group, where members can keep abreast of all that’s happening in the Hofstra creative writing community, and beyond.