English Department Events


National Day on Writing


Writing for Change at Sinclair Community College


Why a National Day on Writing?


The National Day on Writing was established to celebrate the significance of writing in our individual, national, and global lives.  According to the National Council of Teachers of Writing (NCTE), “People in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age write more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes.”  At Sinclair, we believe that individuals can change their own and others' lives by writing, which is why we came up with this year's theme: Writing for Change.


Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate writing in its many forms – from drafts on paper to emails to instant messages to Slam Poetry to multimedia presentations – because no matter the medium, writing has the power to create meaning, to influence thinking, and to change the way individuals interact with each other, their communities, and the larger world. 


This year's celebration is Monday, October 20, 2014, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, on the Library Loggia in Building 7. 


All writers welcome!

Spectrum Awards Banquet

As always this spring, we will honor and encourage writers with our annual Spectrum Awards banquet and our 41th Annual Sinclair Writer's Workshop.

The Spectrum Awards banquet includes a buffet dinner and entertainment for invited guests and honors the winners of many Sinclair-sponsored writing contests throughout the year. Enter now!

  • The League for Innovation Student Writing Contest—open to all students. Email Tim Waggoner at tim.waggoner@sinclair.edu for details.
  • The Paul Laurence Dunbar Memorial Poetry Contest—open to all area writers, entry deadline February 1, 2015. Email Chuck Freeland at charles.freeland@sinclair.edu for details.
  • The Sinclair Community College Creative Writing Contest—open to all writers, entry deadline March 1. Email Rebecca Morean at rebecca.morean@sinclair.edu for details.
  • The Spectrum Awards for Excellence in Student Writing—open to SCC English department students, entry deadline March 1. Email Kate Geiselman at kathryn.geiselman@sinclair.edu for details.

Annual Writer's Workshop

Please join us for this week honoring and practicing the craft of writing.
Monday, November, 10, 2014
10 am - 4:00 pm, Building 7 Library

Keynote Address Free and open to the public

Workshop Sessions FREE for Sinclair students, faculty, and staff

Workshop Sessions FREE for seniors

Workshop Sessions FREE and open to the public

Email Furaha Henry-Jones at furaha.henry-jones@sinclair.edu for more information.

Poem In Your Pocket  -- Poetry Reading

This poetry reading occurs each spring and is held in the Library loggia. Students and faculty are encouraged to read any poetry of their choosing. This is a college-wide and community event. All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in being a part of this fun reading, email Caroline Reynolds at caroline.reynolds@sinclair.edu.