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 figures from the media and culture to campus to engage the community in a conversation on the ethical and intellectual challenges of their work in the context of these global times.

Pictured: Eamonn Wall, Susan Stewart, Dan Barry

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library Students will find manuscripts rescued from the recent violence in Syria, Rare Books.

Arca Artium Collection Hand-pressed books and art from the 15th-20th centuries.


LAI brings nationally recognized authors to the college for a visiting writers series (Writers Writing), promotes literary events, holds conferences (Inside Books), supports publications (S. Mariella Gable Prize), and encourages the artistry of fine letterpress (Welle Book Arts Studio). 

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.