Learning Firsthand in the English Department
On Concept's Edge, Roanoke College's literary magazine, is entirely student run. The staff works on layout, printer selection, and the choosing of student and faculty submissions for print. It is printed in the spring semester of each school year and is packed to the brim with good writing. Some recent editors (and writers published in the magazine) have gone on to careers in writing and publishing, while others have entered well respected MFA programs. Those interested in submitting work or helping work with layout or editing can email the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
If Woodward and Bernstein are your heroes, you might want to investigate joining the staff of Roanoke College's much beloved Brackety-Ack, our weekly newspaper with the weird name and the insightful, hard-nosed approach to life on campus. The Brackety-Ack is always looking for good writers, editors, photographers, layout specialists and web designers to work on campus news, editorials, letters-to-the editor, and opinion polls. The newspapers website can be accessed at Brackety-Ack.com. Those interested in joining the staff can email the paper at email@example.com.
The Roanoke Review is an annual national journal which publishes poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction every spring. Established in 1967 by Henry Taylor, a past Roanoke College English professor and Pulitzer Prize winner, the Review is staffed by current students and Dr. Paul Hanstedt.
WRKE Radio Station
WRKE-FM 100.3, also known as "The Wreck", is the official radio station run by Roanoke College students out of their own office in the Colket center. Started by Jim Goodwin in 1998, the station appeals to a variety of listeners around the campus. Approximately 20 new shows are on the air each week. Students can select songs that they want to hear played, allowing them to share with the radio community the type of music they are interested in. You can listen to the station any time at WRKE.org. Those interested in working for the station can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting Writers and Scholars Series
Roanoke's students frequently interact with well-known regional and national writers and scholars hosted by the department every semester. Students find themselves at readings, in classes, or at dinner with prominent thinkers, poets, novelists and nonfiction writers. These experiences give students a greater understanding of the discipline and more confidence in their own writing. A recent list of visiting writers can be found here.
Roanoke College offers many study abroad programs that allow students to earn academic credit while outside the United States. More information on the study abroad program can be found here.
May Term is approximately a three week period during which students can participate in a wide array of Intensive Learning opportunities, including travel courses as well as on-campus courses. More information on recent English Department May Term classes can be found here.
Many students expand their knowledge and skill sets through internship experiences off campus. More information on English department internships and a list of where recent students have interned can be found here.
Independent studies provide students with a practical application of their particular majors or more specialized study in a particular area. More information and a recent list of English department independent studies can be found here.
Summer Scholars Program
The Summer Scholars Program at Roanoke College is a grant program that enables qualified students to conduct intensive, independent research for eight to twelve weeks during the summer. More information on the English Department Summer Scholars Program can be found here.
“Perseverance pays off,” Karen Olson ’82 says, encouraging aspiring writers. “This is not something that happens overnight, but if you’re a good writer and have a good book to market, someone will see that. And if it doesn’t happen the first time, don’t give up.”