Write Across Missouri


The objective of this course is to enhance literacy of undergraduate and graduate students in the context of their geographic place, reading the works, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction of Missouri writers as well as writing in the spaces and places that influenced said writers.


Undergraduate (ENG 565): 3 credit hours
Graduate (ENG 665): 3 credit hours
Study Away Tour Only (ENG 184): 1 credit hour

Program Fee

$1,390 (plus the cost of tuition)


Course (Online + Study Away): May 22–June 9, 2017
Study Away Tour Only: June 5–9, 2017

Study Away

Day 1: Depart Springfield on Monday, June 5. Arrive in Mansfield to tour Wilder Museum. Depart Mansfield and arrive for lunch in West Plains (on MSU campus). Tour West Plains landmarks associated with novelist Daniel Woodrell. Depart West Plains and arrive in St. Louis.

Days 2 & 3: Tour T.S. Eliot House, Forest Park, City Art Museum, Washington University, and Maya Angelou birth place on June 6 and 7. Depart St. Louis on June 8.

Day 4: Arrive in Hannibal on June 8 for tour of Twain boyhood home. Depart Hannibal for Kansas City.

Day 5: Visit Missouri poet. Depart Kansas City for Springfield. Afternoon reading by MSU creative writing faculty. Final dinner and student read-around.

What You'll Read

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Poetry by Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, and William Towbridge
Short fiction by Jonathan Franzen and Jane Smiley

Registration Deadline

April 1, 2017


Dr. Catherine English

Dr. Cathie English, co-director of OWP, has facilitated work in rural schools through the College-Ready Writers Program. She has also facilitated the Summer Institute and Advanced Institutes focused upon teacher leadership and reflective practice.