The University Writing Center
The English department sponsors the University Writing Center, a free service to students in all of the University’s programs. Many English majors and minors work as paid tutors at the Writing Center.
Tutors are available 30 hours per week during fall and spring semesters, with more limited availability during the January term, to assist students in all phases of their course writing assignments from conceptualizing to revising and editing. Students may call or stop in to make a 45-minute appointment; drops-ins are also welcome, subject to tutor availability.
Damozel Literary Magazine
Original poetry, plays, short stories, essays, artwork, and photography are featured in Notre Dame’s annual creative magazine, Damozel. The staff of students considers submissions by any interested individual from the Notre Dame community. Contact faculty sponsor Shelley Puhak, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions or submissions. Check out an excerpt from our 2011 publication.
Baltimore Literary Scene
Baltimore has a tradition of nurturing literary talent. The city has served as home to literary greats such as John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, H.L. Mencken, Frank O’Hara, Edgar Allen Poe, Adrienne Rich, Upton Sinclair, and Gertrude Stein.
Baltimore is currently enjoying a literary resurgence. The city sponsors the annual CityLit Festival (spring) and Baltimore Book Festival (fall). Both feature National Book Award winners and bestselling authors. The seven area colleges also bring in plenty of literary talent. Every night of the week, students can find a reading or an open-mic, including the acclaimed monthly 510 Fiction Reading Series and the eclectic Moaning Pipes Cabaret up the street at Ukazoo Books (started by a Notre Dame alumna).
The Sister Maura Creative Writers Series
Each year the English department brings to campus visiting creative writers, sponsored by the Sister Maura Eichner Endowed Professorship in English. Writers include nationally and internationally known authors as well as local and alumnae authors. Recent visitors include Irish novelist Colm Toibin, poet Paul Mariani, graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, memoirist and novelist Kent Meyers, poet and novelist Mohja Kahf, and poet and essayist Lia Purpura.
Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and was founded in 1924. The Society aims “for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies,” promotes “the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing,” and strives for “high standards of academic excellence” for all its members.
The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, chartered at Notre Dame in 1984, has inducted more than 100 members. The members select their leaders each year who plan the yearly activities, including the Induction Ceremony in November and the English Tea and Damozel readings in April. Members also have bake sales, book drives, and letter writing campaigns to provide service to the campus community and the broader community.
The benefits for belonging to Sigma Tau Delta include scholarship opportunities for rising Juniors and Seniors, and members who plan to attend graduate schools. Notre Dame also sponsors members who attend the national convention, all expenses paid by the English department. The students present their scholarly essays, poetry, and creative nonfiction works. This year’s convention in March 2013 will be held in Portland, Oregon.
The English Department regularly sponsors a 10-day study abroad trip to London during the Winterim session. Participants earn 3 English undergraduate or graduate credits, or Drama undergraduate credits. Included in price is round-trip airfare BWI / London Heathrow on British Air, double occupancy at the Tube-accessible President Hotel in Russell Square, 3 theatre tickets to London shows, coach day trips to Stonehenge/Bath and Windsor/Oxford, full English breakfast daily, and time to explore on one’s own and see all the sights of London from the Tower to Westminster, from nightlife in Soho to the shops on Regency. Get around the city easily and everywhere on the London Underground. Contrary to popular myth, the food in London is fantastic. You may even want to take the Chunnel to Paris for the day. Best of all, we almost speak the same language, and the Brits like us. Open to Women’s College, Graduate programs, Weekend, Accelerated, and Renaissance students. Faculty and Staff welcome for non-credit, along with parents, grandparents, friends, and alums. Watch for information about upcoming trips!