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Department of English Student Travel Grants

Katy Major completed archival research on Sylvia Plath at Smith College in 2014 with her Student Travel Grant.

Katy Major completed archival research on Sylvia Plath at Smith College in 2014.

by Shannon Lakanen | 22 Jul, 2014

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The English Department annually awards travel grants to current English majors seeking assistance to complete archival or field research for critical or creative work, travel to literary festivals or readings, or attend and/or present their work at creative or scholarly conference. Applications are submitted by students and reviewed by faculty each fall semester. Download the guidelines for the 2016-17 Student Travel Grant. Submissions for grants are due by October 7, 2016

Travel Opportunities

Students are encouraged to develop independent excursions to enrich their creative or scholarly work: study the letters and manuscripts of your favorite author in library archives; reach out to publishing, advertising, non-profit, etc. professionals to arrange shadowing visits with them so you can learn more about how their industries works; immerse yourself in different geographical areas for your next creative project; contact your favorite contemporary author to arrange an in-person interview; etc.

if you're interested in attending conferences, here are some annual opportunities that have been of interest to Otterbein students in previous years:

Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
St. Louis, MO ~ Nov 10-13, 2016

Modern Language Association Conference
Philadelphia, PA ~ Jan 5-8, 2017

Associated Writing Programs National Conference
Washington, DC ~ Feb 8-11, 2017

Louisville Conference in Literature and Culture Since 1900 
Louisville, KY ~ Feb 23-25, 2017

Sigma Tau Delta National Conference
Louisville, KY ~ Mar 29-Apr 1, 2017

Ohio University Spring Literary Festival
Athens, OH ~ TBA in early April 2017

National Undergraduate Literary Conference
Ogden, UT ~ TBA early April 2017

Sarah Lawrence College's Poetry Festival
Bronxville, NY ~ TBA in late April 2017

Riverteeth Nonfiction Conference
Ashland, OH ~ TBA late May 2017

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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