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Senior Writing Projects

The senior writing project is the culmination of your journey through the major. As your senior year unfolds, you will dive into work that stimulates, challenges, and inspires you. Students engaged in the senior project will:
  • Register for ENGL 4000* (Literary Studies Writing Project) in Fall or ENGL 4060* (Creative Writing Project) in Spring of their senior year
  • Select a topic, genre(s), or area of interest and specialization
  • Work closely with a course coordinator and a faculty Director as they develop the project
  • Generate a project proposal and a grading contract
  • Consult a faculty Reader on the project proposal, first draft, and final draft
  • Present an excerpt of the project at the Senior Readings
  • Discuss the project with their Director and Reader in a "final interview”
  • Submit a final electronic copy of their project to the department
*Honors students completing SWPs as their Honors Capstone Projects should contact their academic advisors and/or the English Department Chairperson in Spring Semester of their junior years for registration information.

2014-15 Guidelines for Senior Writing Projects

Download a PDF version the booklet with all the current info (guidelines, tips, deadlines, etc.) for Senior Writing Project completed in both Literary Studies and Creative Writing.

 

Fisher and Myers Awards

Each year, the one Literary Studies Senior Writing Project is selected to win the Myers Family Endowed Literature Award and one Creative Writing Senior Writing Project is selected to win the John W. Fisher Memorial Senior Writer's Award. These endowed awards recognize the excellence, innovation, and superior achievement in the Senior Writing Projects. Calls for submissions are circulated via email and will be posted on this site in Spring Semester. 

Recent winners of the Myers Endowed Literature Award:

Beth Gier ~ Propriety and Pre-Meditated Murder: The Evolution of Violence in the American Novel of Manners (2014)
Sara McElroy ~ Steinbeck's East of Eden and Journal of a Novel: An Autobiographical Story of A Writer and His American Novel (2013)
Becky WoodruffMourning's Discontinuity: Theorizing the Grief Memoir (2012)

Recent winners of the John W. Fisher Memorial Senior Writer's Award:

Lindsey Rowland ~ Dusty Genesis (2014)
Sydney Tammarine ~ Petal Unto Petal (2013)
Lavonne van der ZwaagMy Voice: No Holds Barred (2012)

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Shannon Lakanen
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e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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