The English Department’s student-run blog, The Sturges Script, is pleased to announce its theme for Fall 2020. This semester the blog will feature stories related to travel. In the era of COVID-19, what role does travel play in our real and imaginative lives? What types of travel are possible and where are you looking forward to traveling once restrictions are lifted?

Literary Awards Winners & Honor Society Inductees

The Department of English is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 literary awards:

  • The Laureate Award for Expository Writing – Navami Panduranga Shenoy
  • The Libuse Reed Award – Emma Rose Neeper
  • The Ernest F. Amy Award – Emma Rose Neeper
  • Robert Flanagan Prize – Meghan Edwards
  • Class of 1870 Memorial Prize for Fiction Writing – Alexander Emerson
  • Class of 1870 Memorial Prize for Academic/Scholarly Writing – Capri Pappas
  • Class of 1870 Memorial Prize for Poetry Writing – Charlotte Gross
  • Class of 1870 Memorial Prize for Creative Non-Fiction Writing – Caroline Williams
  • Class of 1870 Memorial Prize for Screenwriting/Playwriting – Jack Dugan
  • Wheeler Poetry Prize – Giulianna Meltzer
  • The Emma Sparks Memorial Prize – Hannah Bush
  • Frederick L.

Abby Dockter (’12): How to Keep Writing After You Graduate

I don’t want to dwell on how terrified I was when I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2012, but I had a lot of fears. And I don’t want to parse out which ones were irrational, but I was really, really afraid that I would stop writing.

Leaving the environment where writing is due and workshops full of people read my work regularly, it was hard to imagine other writing communities.

Reports from the Field: Izzy Taylor (’18) on English and Professionalism

As I sit in my windowless, cinder block department office, I reflect on my first semester in a Master of Science program in Geography at Pennsylvania State University and of the ways in which my English minor from OWU has helped prepare me for my transition to graduate studies. While my time at Penn State has undoubtedly been an educational experience thus far, what strikes me most about the distinction between undergraduate and graduate studies is the professionalizing and bureaucratic processes central to grad school.

Reports from the Field: Lee Seigel (’06) on English and Information Technology

When people ask me, “So how did you get into I.T. and Operations?”, it is usually accompanied by a blanket assumption about my collegiate education. When you work in I.T., you most likely studied computer science. When I inevitably hem and haw a bit and explain that I was an English Literature major at a small liberal arts school, their puzzled faces are always enough to bring the beginnings of a smirk to mine.