Visiting Writers

Our major offers the study of the literary arts within a campus community that treasures the written word and therefore offers students countless in-roads to and perspectives on the value and the scope of writing. 

Every year, our campuses bring writers from around the world to meet our students. As a part of our Creative Writing major, students work directly with these writers through classes, readings, interviews, and small gatherings. We work closely with our Literary Arts Institute to design new events and activities each academic year.

Our latest development is the Writers-at-Home Program, where students on Study Abroad meet and discuss literature and writing with a local writer.


Additional writers visit our campuses each year through a variety of sources:

University Chair of Critical Thinking brings leading authors, journalists, and other prominent figures from the media and culture to campus to engage the community in conversations on the ethical and intellectual challenges of their work in the context of these global times.

The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library houses the Saint John's Bible as well as manuscripts rescued from the recent violence in Syria. It also holds rare books such as the Arca Artium Collection which consists of hand-pressed books and art from the 15th-20th centuries.

LAI brings in nationally recognized authors for Writers Writing, supports publications through the S. Mariella Gable Prizehelps promote various events across both campuses, & encourages the creation and distribution of fine letterpress at the Welle Book Arts Studio at CSB.

These events are presented in collaboration with Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. Please visit the Fine Arts website for more information.