Our Story: A Multi-Faceted Resource
The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature is a multi-faceted resource for those who regard reading great works as anything but work and who wish to interact more vibrantly with a rapidly evolving communication landscape.
Like all the Centers at Hiram, the Lindsay-Crane Center is deeply interdisciplinary and innovative. For instance, recent visiting authors have included scholars on pop culture and cultural history, novelists, poets, editors, and authors of Young Adult fiction. Students can interact with these authors in intimate settings, including classes, lunch discussions, and one-on-one writing consultations.
The Writing Across the Curriculum program, one of the oldest in the nation, trains faculty members in every department to teach college-level writing. No matter their major, students learn about the value of good writing in their discipline.
Writing contests in the major genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry give Hiram students from any department the opportunity to hone their writing and have it read and evaluated by professional writers in their disciplines. The Lindsay-Crane Center also sponsors the Echo regional literary competition for students from six area institutions.
Hiram students affiliated with the Lindsay-Crane Center also learn about multiple outlets for professional development. The Lindsay-Crane Center helps students to identify writing- and literature-related internships both on and off campus and offers guidance in submitting both creative and scholarly work to publications and conferences around the country.
The Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction in the summer has a twofold benefit: High-school students step onto campus to develop their writing talents in a supportive environment, and current Hiram students mentor them.
The Writing House
The Queen Anne style house next door to Bonney Castle is home to Hiram College writers. It includes the Writing Center, two classrooms, a small kitchenette, space for readings and receptions, and faculty offices. The house was built in the 1890s for George and Helen Vincent. Helen ran a boarding house here for students.
In 1937 Helen Vincent sold the house to Ruth and Ward Whitcomb. After Ward’s death, Ruth remarried and she and Stanley Freeman rented the house to John E. Shambach, a retired Professor of Education. Sometime later the house was deeded to the College, and the College continued to rent it to faculty until 6811 Hinsdale was converted into the Writing House in 2008.