A number of special programs enrich students’ experiences studying English at Richmond.
The Writers Series is designed to expose Richmond students, the greater university community, and city residents to some of today’s most celebrated writers.
Distinguished Writers in Residence
Every other year, a distinguished writer in residence joins the English department for a semester to teach creative writing. In Spring 2015, the writer in residence is Christine Schutt.
The English Department brings authors to campus to lecture on a variety of topics.
Master Classes by Guests and Alums
Occasionally guests, such as screenwriter Kriss Turner whose credits include scripts for the major motion picture Something New and the television series “Everybody Hates Chris,” or Richmond alums like film production accountant Stephanie Whallon (’98), give master classes.
In 1983, The NEH Distinguished Visiting Professorship was established at the University of Richmond with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and matching funds raised by the University. The professorship rotates annually among six humanities departments—classical studies, English, history, modern literatures and cultures, philosophy, and religion. While some departments invite a visiting professor to teach a course for an entire semester, other departments set up a course and have visitors come throughout the semester to teach a few classes and give public lectures or events. The most recent NEH course, Performing Texts, was taught by Brian Henry in spring 2013.