Our English majors have regular opportunities to travel to national conferences, including the Sigma Tau Delta Convention (for the national honor society for English majors), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP); they also attend workshops offered by the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP). At these meetings, students present their research and creative work and have opportunities to hear directly from leading scholars and writers.
Not only do students participate in conferences and workshops, but they also publish their work. One hallmark of our writing concentration, in particular, is that we encourage our undergraduates to publish their poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in online and print publications. Two members of the class of 2017 have even had poetry chapbooks accepted for publication.