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The Department of English is a community of active scholars and writers dedicated to forming a deeper sense of ourselves and our world.

We celebrate the beauty of words, the power of language, and the importance of creating and carefully understanding all forms of communication.

Our program grows your creative and practical writing skills, while challenging you to think critically about the cultural, historical and theoretical approaches to literature and the creative process. We embrace the Catholic definition of literature, which includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, multimodal composition and film. We also value well-crafted arguments, sophisticated analyses, elegant writing, and thoughtful engagement with research.

Learning in our department goes beyond the classroom with opportunities to write for The Bulletin and other campus publications, tutoring in the Writing Center, and presenting work at conferences. Our graduates have pursued careers in writing, teaching, law, editing, publishing and the technology sector.

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Visiting Writers Series

The Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series brings distinguished authors to campus to engage both the Gonzaga audience and the wider Spokane community.

Writing Center

The Writing Center provides trained staff and a comfortable space to write, work with tutors and peers, read, and research.

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English Department Newsletter

Our department newsletter for fall 2020.

Want to connect with the English Department?

502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-6672