The 34th Annual English Festival

Nov. 21, 2017

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited onto campus for the English Festival. The English Festival at Bluffton University, now celebrating its 34th year, offers students an intensive day of literary and writing activities based on various literary sources, with a particular emphasis on festival readings. To register, request a registration form from the festival coordinator at your school.

2017 festival resource list

All participants will read the materials listed below in preparation for the festival. Writing exercises, readings and discussions will be based on knowledge of these resources. Bring these materials with you to the festival. The books are available at online booksellers.

"After the Lost War" by Andrew Hudgins
"The Good Life" by Erin McGraw
Festival workshops & events

The day's events will feature an invigorating mix of impromptu writing, college-level discussions and sessions with the guest authors.

Festival workshops

  • Workshop I:

    Writing Fiction from Art
    Jamie Lyn Smith, English professor and fiction author, will engage students in an open-genre generative writing prompt using art as “a springboard for creativity.”

    Workshop II:

    Reading People: Understanding Characters through Close Textual Analysis
    Kate Spike, English professor and language specialist, explores how writers create three-dimensional characters in their work.

  • Workshop III:

    How to Make a Good Poem Better?
    Discover revision options and opportunities in poems submitted for the poetry contest with Dr. Jeff Gundy, poet and English professor.

Festival events

11 a.m.
Yoder Recital Hall
All festival registrants will join Bluffton University students and faculty for the weekly Forum program, featuring guest authors Andrew Hudgins and Erin McGraw who are emeriti professors of English from The Ohio State University. 

Readings: 4 p.m.
Reading Room Musselman Library
Andrew Hudgins and Erin McGraw will read a selection of their works.

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