Through courses in literature, film, poetry, culture and creative writing, our students learn to read closely, think critically and write well. Our faculty incorporate an increasing number of perspectives and traditions into their teaching and research.
Film and Writing
A study in reading films and writing about them, partly to illustrate the main elements of film language and partly to pose challenging texts for reading and writing.
A workshop in writing for the stage, we will begin with exercises that lead to the making of short plays and, by the end of the term, longer plays—ten minutes and up in length.
Reading the Romance
Is the “romance” genre an escape from real-world conflicts or a resolution of them? This course analyzes romantic narratives from across the world through the lens of feminist theories of sexuality, marriage, and romance.
A Major Change
The English Department ends its comp exam, and launches a dynamic student symposium instead.
For some six decades, each senior English major, in order to graduate, had to pass the department’s Comprehensive Exam. Until something better came along.Read more about the Symposium
Prizes & Awards
Our department offers annual prizes for student essays, poetry, fiction and other writing.
Creative Writing at Amherst College
January 2, 2019
Judith Frank talks about what it takes to succeed as a writer and touches on what students can expect from the creative writing program at Amherst College.