Our English majors explore with their professors the broad and evolving sweep of English and American literature, honing their critical thinking skills as they go.

Creative Writing at St. Norbert College

Writer-in-residence:
As the writer-in-residence, Laurie MacDiarmid (English) regularly teaches creative writing courses such as Poetry Workshop (ENGL 308), Fiction Workshop (ENGL 307) and Advanced Seminar in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature (ENGL 425). She serves as on-site expert and liaison with the community for matters dealing with creative writing, as faculty adviser for the creative writing journal, Graphos, and as organizer for the annual Literary Awards Ceremony. In addition to giving readings of her own works throughout the state, MacDiarmid often visits local schools and colleges to lead special writing workshops.

Literary Journals
Graphos is the student-run literary journal at St. Norbert College. Published bi-annually, Graphos features works of poetry, prose and art from the college’s outstanding student writers and artists.

The editors, with advice from adviser Laurie MacDiarmid, coordinate selection, layout and publication of the journal each semester, relying upon the assistance of other avid student writers who serve as members of Graphos’ selection committees.

Graphos continues to expand as a journal and as an organization, and to foster a relationship with the St. Norbert College chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. Our collaboration each year culminates in the presentation of the St. Norbert College Literary Awards to the writers of that year’s most notable works of poetry, prose and literary criticism.

Our endeavors have also included writing workshops, discussions and readings. We are ever looking for new ways of encouraging creative expression in the St. Norbert College community.

Please see the submissions page for guidelines and additional information

Literary Awards
Every year St. Norbert hosts the Literary Awards, celebrating creative and scholarly achievement in English. The ceremony is usually accompanied by a speaker who is a professional writer or poet. The event is free and open to the public. See a list of 2013 recipients of the Literary Awards.

In the past, professional speakers have included:

  • 2013: Rebecca Meacham
  • 2012: Chuck Rybak
  • 2011: Kao Kalia Yang
  • 2010: Daniel Jones
  • 2008: Charles Baxter 
  • 2007: C.J. Hribal
  • 2006: Jim Daniels
  • 2004: Patricia Hampl
  • 2003: W. D. Ehrhart
  • 2002: David St. John
  • 2001: John Updike

Other writers have included: A. Manette Ansay, Robert Olen Butler, Lorrie Moore, Jane Hamilton, Nikki Giovanni, Tim O’Brien and Kyoko Mori.

If you would like to know more about creative writing at St. Norbert College, please read some of the following articles from St. Norbert College Magazine: