English Festival

March 22, 2022

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited onto campus for the English Festival. The English Festival at Bluffton University 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.

2019 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.

Inside Quietly by Eloisa Amezcua

Festival workshops & events

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

2019 Festival workshops

  • Workshop I:
    Fiction in a Flash!
    Melissa Michal, English professor and fiction author, invites you to come write a short fiction piece inspired by famous Edward Hopper paintings.

  • Workshop II:
    Living in Two Languages
    Kate Spike, English professor, examines language learning and communication between two generations.

  • Workshop III:
    Jeff Gundy, Bluffton English professor and poet, will discuss transforming personal experiences into poetry, using poems by Eloisa Amezcua and Festival students. 

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 author Helen Frost.

4 p.m.
Reading Room Musselman Library  


Registration process

If you are a high school sophomore, junior or senior interested in stretching your imagination and skills through encounters with literature and writing experiences, fill out a student registration form (available from the festival coordinator at your school) and return it to him/her with the $7 registration fee. This fee covers a cafeteria lunch and all festival events.

You will be notified of your registration status through your coordinator. Meanwhile, begin to get acquainted with the festival readings.