English: Writing, Editing, and Publishing, B.A.
The English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point offers a major in English with an emphasis in Writing, Editing and Publishing. This major combines a traditional English major with targeted hands-on learning opportunities that will help students succeed in the expanding field of writing, editing, and publishing.
The major includes core English courses followed by specialized coursework in writing, editing, and publishing. Writing classes include creative writing (fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction), technical writing, writing for digital media, and environmental, science or biomedical writing. Editing and publishing coursework includes book history, the profession of authorship, as well as courses associated with Cornerstone Press.
Cornerstone Press: A Unique OpportunityEnglish majors with an emphasis in Writing, Editing, and Publishing have a unique opportunity to work in the department’s own independent publishing house and teaching press, Cornerstone Press. Established in 1984, the press has published over 40 titles and operates with the support of the Department and College. Cornerstone is the only press of its kind in the UW System, and one of only four undergraduate, student-staffed presses in the United States. All press titles are edited and designed in courses and internships. Cornerstone nurtures talent, develops close relationships with writers worldwide, teaches the art and process of bookmaking, and mentors students toward careers in editing and publishing. Students acquire, edit, design, produce, market, and sell press titles while using industry standard software and online retailing.
Get InvolvedThe English Department offers a range of student-centered activities, from career workshops to speakers’ groups, to creative writing workshops. Students develop their work in University Writers club and publish the best of it in Barney Street, an outstanding student-run literary magazine. English Club students plan and participate in events such as movie nights, game nights, open-mic poetry readings, bad poetry contests, trips to plays and other activities participants enjoy. Sigma Tau Delta, an international English Honor Society, is a service organization dedicated to promoting English-language literature in the university and the surrounding community.
More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).
Community Connections Beyond the ClassroomThe English Department also offers opportunities for students to connect to the community beyond the boundaries of campus. The Life Stories Legacy Project connects students to community elders in order to tell their stories in published volumes.
Rising Voices Poetry Project connects students to area youth through poetry and writing activities.
Our FacultyDepartment of English faculty work hard to offer engaging courses that challenge students to think critically and explore their own lives and the experiences of others to enrich their futures, both personally and professionally. We strive to provide individualized attention to our students to through small class sizes. These connections help students further their interests and develop their strengths. Every member of the English Department is a dedicated teacher, as well as a scholar with publications in their areas of expertise. Meet your professors!