Writing Track

Students in the writing track take classes in fiction, new media writing, poetry, and environment writing and complement their writing by reading classic and contemporary literature. 

Students can become writing tutors or find help with their own work at the College’s Writing Center and compete in writing contests (see right). In addition, students can get involved in the College’s many publishing and writing endeavors, including:

Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books

Lake Forest College Press publishes in the broad spaces of Chicago studies. Our imprint, &NOW Books, publishes innovative and conceptual literature, and serves as the publishing arm of the &NOW writers’ conference and organization. The press also sponsors the Lake Forest College Press Lecture and Reading Series.

Lake Forest Literary Festival

The English department hosts the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, in which contemporary writers showcase their newest fiction. Guests have included Raymond Federman and Shelley Jackson.

The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize

Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the &NOW Festival, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend two months in residence at our campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Student-run publications: