English Department


From the English Department Faculty

Alumni News

The departmental newsletter is published every spring / summer.  Send your news to English Department, Box 12248, Harding University, Searcy, AR 72149-0001 or e-mail Dr. Terry Engel.

Creative Writing Opportunities

Creative writing is encouraged through student organizations and writing courses in fiction, poetry, and television/film.

Jo Cleveland Creative Writing Contest
Named after a beloved English teacher who encouraged creativity and critical thinking, this contest is sponsored by the English Department, with faculty members acting as judges in three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. The contest is open to all Harding University and Academy students. A banquet is held in honor of the winners, who also receive small cash awards. Each year following the banquet, the guests hear from a published writer who reads and offers advice. For more information, please email the English Departement at english@harding.edu or contact the main office at 501-279-4421.

The Scribblers
Begun by student Sondra Smith in 1993, this small group meets regularly on an informal basis. Its sponsor is Terry Engel of the English Department, but membership goes beyond English majors, and the group is driven by student interest. Aside from encouraging and critiquing each other, the Scribblers sponsor and present public readings. There are no dues.

Shapes and Names
Shapes and Names This literary magazine is published each spring in conjunction with the creative writing contest and, since 2000, in the fall as well. Non-entrants and non-winning entrants may be published in either issue.

Sigma Tau Delta
Harding's chapter of the International English Honor Society (Pi Mu) offers English majors and minors opportunities to submit their work to the organization's national journal The Rectangle. The organization's sponsors are Dr. Michael Claxton and Dr. Kathy Dillion.

English 312: Writing Poetry
Open to all students, the English Department's course in writing poetry tries to meet the needs of both beginners and more experienced student writers who want to learn principles and techniques. Class size is kept small to encourage interaction in a workshop setting.

English 313: Writing Fiction
The companion course to the poetry workshop is also open to all students. It emphasizes short fiction and has as a goal the completion of a portfolio of publishable work. Class size is kept small to encourage interaction in a workshop setting.

English 314: Script Writing for Television and Film
This new course is a workshop for drafting and analyzing scripts for television advertising and programming and for narrative film.

English 391: Writing Nonfiction
This course encourages the development of a portfolio of publishable nonfiction. It is also conducted as a workshop open to all students

White County Creative Writers
This local group welcomes Harding students. Members share work, learn of publishing opportunities, and conduct workshops. The group meets every third Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Creative Writing Opportunities at Harding University (pdf)