Dear Incoming English Major,
I would like to begin by welcoming you to Hofstra, as well as commend you for choosing to major in English! My name is Alie Coolidge and I wanted to let you know a little bit about award-winning, student-run Hofstra English Society.
The Hofstra English Society (HES) was founded last year by a group of English majors who realized that we really only got to discuss literature, writing, and publishing in the classroom setting, and wanted to explore our passions for the many facets of English outside of the lecture hall. Little did we know that just a semester later HES would be chosen as Best New Academic Club!
HES has three main components: Literature, Creative Writing, and Publishing. This mirrors the English Department’s breakdowns of the English major. Generally, the whole club convenes for our general meeting and then breaks off into groups, though members are not restricted to a single component and can move between the three. The literature group reads and discusses novels and short stories that have been chosen ahead of time by club members. The creative writing group conducts writing workshops for poetry, prose, essays, and plays. Members sign up ahead of time for a slot to workshop during the meeting. We find that getting peer feedback by others who are passionate about writing is valuable to improve writing or develop it as a career.
Finally, the publishing component of HES publishes Hofstra’s only literary/ arts magazine FONT. Members of HES function as an editorial department (editor in chief, managing editor, production editor, assistant editors, etc.). FONT submissions are open to the entire Hofstra undergrad and graduate communities and we accept poetry, prose, and visual art. FONT was completely rebooted last semester and we successfully published and gave out every single copy in a matter of days. Read it at http://issuu.com/hofstraenglishsociety/docs/font
I hope that you will join the English Society this fall semester! We are very excited about the various showcases, workshops, readings, panels, and new issue of FONT—and that’s just the fall!
I can’t wait to meet you in September!
President, Hofstra English Society