The department offers a wide range of events that bring together students, faculty, and members of the wider Drew community. These include evenings with world-renowned writers, contact with editors and agents from the publishing world, and trips into the vibrant literary scene of New York City as well as opportunities to meet with the department faculty and to hear other majors present their creative and scholarly work.

Annual Department Events


Capstone Presentations

Each semester, as a culmination of their time as an English major, seniors present unique, independent research and writing projects from a semester-long senior Capstone Seminar. Cheer on your classmates and learn about their scholarly discoveries.  

Words in the World

Drew faculty host majors, minors and interested students at Sitterly House before registration each semester. Detailed course descriptions for courses offered in the next semester are available at these events. In the fall, you can trick or treat to faculty offices and discuss upcoming courses.  In the spring, ponder your course selection while sampling the goodies at the annual spring English faculty bake-off.

Sigma Delta Tau (the English Honors Society) Induction Ceremony

Induction into the national English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, recognizes the academic achievements of our top English majors.  At this ceremony each spring, newly nominated majors are inducted into the society by the student officers and then celebrate their success with their peers and department faculty at the reception following.

Writers@Drew Reading Series

Co-sponsored by The Casement Fund and the English Department, the Writers@Drew reading series hosts a variety of published authors, who recite excerpts from their works for the Drew community throughout the academic year.

The list of previous guest authors includes Drew alumni, faculty, poets and fiction/nonfiction writers, such as Junot Diaz, Mary Gaitskill, Patrick Phillips, Colum McCann, and Jacqueline Woodson. Complete list of guest authors.

At the end of the spring semester, the Drew Student Writing Prize winners read their award winning poetry and prose for the Drew community. The event also celebrates the annual launch of Insanity’s Horse, Drew’s undergraduate literary magazine. If you have any questions, please contact the Writers@Drew coordinator, Courtney Zoffness, at czoffness@drew.edu

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