Recently, the English Department has developed unique opportunities for students to work with Wittenberg alumni and explore their writing interests in the form of writing institutes.
The Wittenberg Journalism Institute is a challenging and exciting opportunity to learn the art of feature writing from working professionals. Lead by journalism professor and former reporter for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, San Francisco Examiner, and Colorado Springs Gazette, D'Arcy Fallon, students learn how to write vivid features stories, starting with the basics. They will research their topics, engage in practice writing and interviewing, study how to write a good feature story, and then put their work into action. Students help plan and put out a magazine showcasing their stories and photographs during the last week of the course.
The summer of 2009 hosted The Wittenberg Screenwriting Institute, in which students worked with Witt alum Lauren Schmidt Hissrich in developing a working television pilot. The summer of 2010 the department opened their second institute, The Wittenberg Journalism Institute, in which selected students got the opportunity to travel to Chicago and work with Chicago Tribune sports columnist and Wittenberg graduate Fred Mitchell. Over the summer of 2011 students participated in a summer Screenwriting Institute which focused on the production of documentary film.