Writing In Community

By Leigh Clouse, ’13 As a writer, there is often nothing more terrifying than sharing my work with others. Whether I’m in a formal class workshop or in a relaxed setting with fellow writer friends, my anxiety always finds a way to tag along for the ride. The critique process has a way of making me feel exposed, …

For my Fellow Writers: How to Stay Motivated during the Summer

By: Katie McMorris ’17 If you’re anything like me, your first month or so of summer probably included the following: sleeping, eating, Netflix, then back again to sleeping. After spending the last two semesters constantly producing new material, you deserve a break; however, sometimes that break seems to last until the end of August. For …

Adventures in Liverpool

By: Professor Bill Moreau I am 40,000 feet above the Atlantic as I write this—aboard American Airlines flight #55 from Manchester, England, to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Professor Tony Donk and I are returning from a June Term in Liverpool with the Education Department. Our twelve students and the two of us are exhausted but elated with a very …

7 Things: Some Advice

By Sarah Baar Though I am not really an expert at anything, I have general knowledge about many things. Sometimes I like to give advice. Take it or leave it. Start saving for retirement immediately. Experts estimate that you’ll double your investment return if you start saving at 25 instead of 35. Most companies offer …

Eight Peas in a Podcast

By Susanna Childress This past January, on an icy Sunday afternoon, I took my husband on a hot date. I know, perhaps not a typical first sentence for the English Department blog. Stay with me. Somehow I’d snagged front-row tickets to see Ira Glass—yes, THE Ira Glass—at WMU’s Snow Auditorium. If you’re not familiar, Ira Glass is …

Winner of the Stephenson First-Year Writing Prize

Hope College has a plethora of awards given out to students on a regular basis. The English Department alone has the honor of awarding students over ten different types of honors and prizes for showing exemplary skills in literature and creative writing. One of the awards we recently gave was the “Stephenson First-Year Writing Prize.” …

A Letter to Hope College Prospective Students

Dear Prospective Hope College Students, First of all I want to wish you all luck on your college searches.  Having been through it myself, I understand the time and effort that goes into finding the perfect college.  That being said, there is no question that on the next level—the collegiate level—the stakes are higher.  In …

Either/Or vs. Both/And

By Sarah Baar A friend recently posted a screenshot of a text debate she had regarding the morality of Severus Snape, a character from the wildly popular Harry Potter series. (I feel weird explaining this, but who knows? Maybe not everyone is as obsessed with Harry Potter as I am.) Of course, I jumped in: “Snape …

What Makes An Effective Educator?

By Bryant Russ, ‘11 Floating around somewhere in the back of my mind was the idea that a good teacher has to be young, hip, and in touch with teenage slang and references to Justin Bieber songs.  You know, to relate and stuff. And then I enrolled in British Literature.  All it took was a …

Hope College Academy of American Poets Prize 2016

By Pablo Peschiera About the Prize The Hope College Academy of American Poets (AAP) Prize award is funded by the University and College Poetry Prize program of the AAP. The academy began the program in 1955 at 10 schools, and now sponsors nearly 200 annual prizes for poetry at colleges and universities nationwide. Poets honored through …