Our writing and journalism majors form a solid community of writers and dedicate themselves to intensive workshops and substantial reading. Beyond the classroom, our students put their writing in front of readers through student readings, internships, several contests, and publishing both on campus and in national journals.
Our students travel the world. Our far-reaching range of study away programs includes faculty-led experiences in Australia, England, France, Greece, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Rwanda, Scotland and elsewhere. Concordia was an early winner of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.
We are proud to have partnered with the National Book Foundation to found the National Book Awards on Campus program. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of this program in March 2015 with featured authors Evan Osnos and Anand Gopal. Our past guests authors include Leo Damrosch, Alan Burdick, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Ben Lerner, Woody Holton, Jim Shepard, Annette Gordon-Reed, Maxine Hong Kingston, Colum McCann, John Dower, Jaimy Gordon, Nikky Finney, Thanhha Lai, Louise Erdrich, Domingo Martinez, Wendy Lower and Rachel Kushner.
Every fall, the English department writing program hosts a Visiting Writers Festival to celebrate the work of regional authors. Guests have included Nick Healy, Athena Kildegaard, Melanie Hoffert, Katrina Vandenberg, John Reimringer, James Farrell, Peter Geye, Tim Nolan, Laurie Hertzel, James Daws, Alan Davis, Jade Nutter, Wang Ping, Chris Welsch, Chuck Haga, Leslie Adrienne Miller, Sharon Chmielarz, Mark Vinz, Margaret Hasse, Evelina Chao, Philip Bryant, Jim Heynen and more.
Founded in 1975, ASCENT magazine moved to Concordia in 1996 and continues to publish the best fiction, poetry and nonfiction.
W. Scott Olsen