Opportunities for Students
The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature works closely with students to identify opportunities for professional growth and experience.
With internships, students can explore careers and gain professional experience that makes them appealing to employers after graduation. The Lindsay-Crane Center works closely with the Career Center to identify writing-related positions, advertise them to students, and help students develop application materials. The Lindsay-Crane Center offers students several on-campus internship opportunities, including writing for the Lindsay-Crane newsletter and website; editing the Hiram Poetry Review, a national poetry journal; and tutoring in the Writing Center and working as writing assistants in first-year writing courses through the Writing Across the Curriculum program. The Lindsay-Crane Center has also helped students find external internships with local organizations, including the University of Akron Press and Lake Erie Ink. Through the Career Center, students can also apply for the Dix Scholarship, which provides funding for writing-related internships.
Conferences and Publications
Conferences and publications are great ways for students to find an audience for their creative and scholarly work. Faculty affiliated with the Lindsay-Crane Center assist students with identifying conferences and publications appropriate for their work and learning about the submission process. Students have recently had work accepted at West Wind Review, the Hollins University Literary Festival, the National Undergraduate Literature Conference, Warbler, the Susquehanna University Undergraduate Literature and Writing Conference, and Stumble. Students can also apply for funding to assist in attending conferences through the Vencl-Carr Fund, administered by the Associate Dean’s Office.
The Lindsay-Crane Center sponsors writing contests in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The Ralph and Marion G. Kroehle Contest for Creative Nonfiction is sponsored by the Kroehle Foundation. The Barbara Thompson Contest in Short Fiction is sponsored by Ruth Thompson and Paul Ottens in honor of Hiram alumna Barbara Thompson. The Vachel Lindsay Poetry Contest is sponsored by the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature. Each of these internal contests is judged by a professional writer in that genre. The Lindsay-Crane Center also sponsors the Echo Regional Literary Competition in which students from six area institutions—Bethany College, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, Marietta College, Muskingum University, and the University of Mount Union—compete in the genres of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Judges are drawn from the Creative Writing and English faculty of each of the participating institutions.