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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Humanities Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
    • tel: 610-499-4341
  • Janine Utell

    • Associate Professor and Chair of English
    • Kapelski Room 331
    • tel: 610-499-4527


English and Creative Writing

Why Widener?

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Distinguished Guest Lectures

Visiting writers come to campus to share knowledge and experiences with students as part of the Distinguished Writers Series. The nationally known, award-winning authors interact with students by holding readings, classroom lectures, and tutorials. George Saunders is just one of the many authors who has come to campus to mentor Widener students.

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Personalized Learning

With small class sizes, English and creative writing majors get the kind of personal attention they need to develop their research and writing talents. For example, English majors had the opportunity to travel with Dr. Daniel Robinson to North West England to attend the Wordsworth Summer Conference. The trip was funded by the Robinson’s Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professorship.

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Real-World Experience

Students can gain real-world experience through various on-campus publications such as Widener Ink, a literary magazine published each spring, and The Blue Route, Widener's nationally recognized online journal of undergraduate writing. Other opportunities include internships with regional cultural institutions, the English Club, and the Blue & Gold, Widener’s student media website.

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  • ashley babcock
  • patrick manley, jr.
heather astorga

Heather Astorga


Don’t let others make you feel studying literature or writing is impractical. The world will always need individuals who are confident expressing themselves. The skills you will develop will help you become a more empathetic and independent thinker.

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ashley babcock

Ashley Lynn Babcock


The first day that I walked into the English and creative writing suite, I knew I was where I belonged. And I was hooked. I knew I wanted to inspire students like my professors inspired me.

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patrick manley, jr.

Patrick Manley, Jr.


It's a common misconception that English majors have limited career choices. Writing and critical thinking skills are essential to business success. If you're interested in a degree in English, there will be many opportunities for you.

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Prison Literacy Project at S.C.I. Graterford Prison

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Student Emily DeFreitas worked alongside faculty member Jayne Thompson to compile an anthology of writing by prison inmates intended to help at-risk youth. Read more and listen to a NPR Radio Times interview.

Potential Careers

  • Writer
  • High school teacher
  • College professor
  • Marketing specialist
  • Communications director
  • Advertising manager
  • Journalist
  • Social media coordinator
  • Lawyer

Degrees in English and creative writing put you in a great position on the job market because you can tell employers you can write, you can think critically, and you can learn new complex ideas quickly. In an ever-changing economy, these skills are always in demand.

Recent Employers

  • Elsevier Publishers
  • Fisher/Unitech
  • Art Institute of Washington
  • Legislative offices in New York and Pennsylvania
  • The Library Company
  • Bodek and Rhodes
  • Aramark
  • Liberty Tax Service