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  • Fall 2018 Course Descriptions are now available.
  • Congratulations to Jessica DeSpain, Kristine Hildebrandt, Jill Anderson, Ben Ostermeier, and Katie Knowles, who just received an NEH grant to work on "Conversation Toward a Brighter Future" with the Mannie Jackson Center in Edwardsville.  Go IRIS!
  • Spring 2018 Course Descriptions are now available.
  • The MFA in Creative Writing launches in the Fall of 2018.  It’s designed for students interested in pursuing the art of writing fiction or poetry, and is especially tailored to students who are interested in exploring a variety of career paths. Applications open September 2017 and close on February 1st, 2018. 

  • We're thrilled to announce that poet Tiana Clark will be joining the faculty next fall, too. Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, which won the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. A graduate of Vanderbilt's MFA program, she's currently the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing.
  • The IRIS Center is holding a brown bag series this year!  Check out the official announcement on the IRIS website for details.


The Fall 17 Senior Conference was a success! Congratulations on presenting some fabulous papers, folks.

Summer 2017 Writing Day Camp

Session 1: June 12 - June 23
Session 2: July 10 - July 1

The annual SIUE Summer Writing Day Camp, offered by the Department of English Language and Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, is an attractive opportunity for young people, ages 8 to 18, who wish to combine learning with recreation. It offers intensive and practical development in basic writing skills in combination with a full and vigorous recreational program and represents an effort to upgrade literacy through close professional cooperation between the University and area schools on the initiative of the University. Instructors in the Writing Camp are area elementary and secondary school teachers or present/former instructors in the Department of English at SIUE who have received special training in the teaching of writing.  

Camp hours for each two-week session are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are grouped according to their grade level in school, with groups averaging about 12 students each. The daily schedule is 9:00-10:30, classroom writing development; 10:30-12:00, campus recreational activity; 12:00-12:30, lunch; 12:30-2:00, classroom writing development; 2:00-3:30, campus recreational activity. All student-campers eat together in the University cafeteria. Campers may purchase their lunch or bring it from home.

Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis. Total cost is $240. A $20 non-refundable enrollment fee is payable with the return of the registration form. The $220 balance is due no later than June 12 for the June session and July 10 for the July session.

Please see the camp brochure for more details. If you have additional questions about the camp, please contact Camp Director Adam Cleary.    

Download the Brochure for the Summer 2017 Writing Day Camp

Download the Summer 2017 Writing Camp Registration Forms

Pictures from the Summer Writing Day Camp at SIUE

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