A Classical Liberal Arts Education ... for the 21st Century

Rhetoric, one of the oldest liberal arts and developed in ancient Greece to prepare citizens for active participation in democratic society, has long been focused on connecting itself to "the life of the polis." The English major concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) reflects a national trend in higher education, as well as a long tradition within the discipline of rhetoric, to more clearly connect the liberal arts to worlds beyond the walls of academia.

Though distinctly not a pre-professional program, PWR prepares students to be more critically reflective, civically responsible communicators in their daily lives and, primarily, workplace contexts.

Curious about the PWR program? Look at this fact sheet created by PWR students!

Elon also offers an interdisciplinary Professional Writing Studies minor.

English News

Poetry Contest

Poetry contest to be judged by our visiting writer, Eduardo Corral.  Winners will be announced at his reading on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in Johnston Hall.

Greg Hlavaty publishes article on citizen-science program

The article was published in a recent edition of Wildlife in North Carolina.

Lindenman publishes two articles, book chapter about teaching writing

Heather Lindenman, assistant professor of English, recently published three essays: one about student revision practices and two about community-engaged writing.

Warman's poem appears in Winston-Salem's Poetry in Plain Sight initiative

Janet Lee Warman has a poem posted in downtown Winston-Salem during the month of September as part of the city's Poetry in Plain Sight initiative.

Conversation on Fairy Tales - Oct. 24

Artist and illlustrator Natalie Frank and preeminent fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes discuss what their collaborative projects have taught them about the nature of storytelling and the complexity of fairy tales.

Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.


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