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Build a career on words

God gave you a love of words for a reason, and Calvin will help you figure out what that reason is. We’ll even help you build a career on that reason.

Explore your interests through a wide selection of classes, ranging from “Creative Writing” to “British Modernism” to “Writing in Digital Environments.” Hone your craft through class workshops and writing retreats. Meet lifelong friends through the student-run creative journal, Dialogue.

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Each step of the way, you’ll be guided by Christian professors who love to wrestle with words and who’ve won awards for their published works. They’re already connected to publishers like HarperCollins and Our Daily Bread, and they’ll connect you, too.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready for a career, confident in your ability to generate your own ideas and share your voice with the world.


The Calvin University English Department, along with the English Departments of Aquinas College and Cornerstone University, will be hosting Scriptoria: An Interfaith Writing Workshop, this coming June 20-24, 2022. The workshop brings together three strong traditions in the Christian faith and explores the ways that each tradition brings its understanding of the faith into the task of writing—and by “writing,” we mean writing of all sorts: novels, poems, short stories, personal essays, creative non-fiction, drama, and for all audiences: adult, young adult, children.

To learn more and to register for the event, please visit or email Gary Schmidt.

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Our English students graduate with hands-on internship experience, whether at a large publishing house like HarperCollins or at a local library, newspaper, or nonprofit. Your professors will help connect you to internships and opportunities that fit your goals.

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Read Dante while eating gelato in Florence. Study Thoreau on the banks of Walden Pond. You’ll have many chances to explore the places that inspire and inform the literature you love.


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