"There is no hiding in my classes. Students are in the middle of it. Students not only read great texts, but they create knowledge. They write and discover new things about themselves, about their topics. There are many reasons to attend a smaller school, and this is chief among them."
What to expect at Saint Martin's
As an integral part of Saint Martin's vibrant Department of English, the Writing Program provides students with:
- Access to, and interaction with, a highly engaged faculty
- On-going opportunities for world travel
- Participation in the yearly Washington state Les Bailey Writers Series
- Professional experience through Saint Martin's student publication, The Belltower
- Membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society
- Membership in the SMU English Majors Facebook page
- Opportunities for Internships with local businesses, the arts and the Washington State Legislature
- Opportunities for field trips and ethnographic observations of the Washington State Legislature
- Creative writing retreats at the Saint Martin's Abbey's Lambert Lodge, a beautiful, restorative, retreat center on Eld Inlet in the Puget Sound
- Close relations with the Olympia Poetry Network’s monthly poetry readings and the Olympia Song Writer’s circle, both held at downtown Olympia's Traditions café
The writing minor is a flexible minor that draws on the discipline of rhetoric by emphasizing the link between rhetorical theory and ethical thought, focusing on investigative inquiry and research.
The writing minor welcomes and is applicable to all majors. Informed by the Benedictine philosophy of education, the writing minor offers students an enriching unique and practical academic experience that meets the needs of the whole person and assists students in writing eloquently for various purposes, audiences and contexts. An advocate for social justice and the public intellectual, the writing minor is conveniently located in Washington state, the home of many renowned writers and nature enthusiasts and is only a few miles away from several theatres, poetry and music venues and local publishing industries.
The writing minor helps students develop the key communication, critical and creative thinking and research skills necessary to prepare them for entry to academic, professional and career-oriented fields that are writing intensive. Strong writing skills are an asset in any number of professions, including:
- Creative writing
- Science and medical industries
- Rhetoric and writing
- Human rights nonprofit groups