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Student Organizations & Activities

Getting involved in student organizations enhances your educational and practical experiences. From our literary magazine to regular readings that bring renowned authors to campus, our extracurricular activities help you pursue your passions outside the classroom.

Etchings Literary Magazine

Etchings Literary Magazine is UIndy’s student-run literary magazine. Published annually, Etchings welcomes submissions from students, faculty and alumni. You can submit short stories, essays, poetry, photography and artwork, or even take the Etchings course to get involved with the publication of the magazine.

Etchings Press

Etchings Press is UIndy's teaching press and publishing laboratory. The goal of the courses is to expose students to emerging writers from across the country so students can develop skills in editing and publishing. Each year, undergraduate and graduate students read submissions from authors and choose a winner for the Etchings Press Whirling Prize and the Etchings Press Chapbook Contest

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each fall, writers will submit their recently published books in a specified literary genre and UIndy students will read them and choose a winner from the submissions. The winner receives a cash prize and an invitation to campus to give a reading and serve as a writer of distinction in the Kellogg Writers Series. Read more about the Etchings Press Whirling Prize ►

Etchings Press Chapbook Contest

In the spring, students will solicit submissions for a chapbook of a specified literary genre. Students choose which submission to publish, and then edit and publish the chapbook. Winners receive an honorarium and copies of the published chapbook. Read more about the Etchings Press Chapbook Contest ►

WriteHounds

This student-run professional writing firm works with local nonprofits and businesses to write blogs, create websites, design and edit books or magazines, or produce other creative materials. Open to freshmen through seniors, the course uses collaboration and project management so students can work together on a project throughout the semester.

Sigma Tau Delta

The UIndy chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is called Nu Xi. The society exists for students and scholars who have distinguished themselves in the fields of literature and linguistics. You can further your educational opportunities and your cultural understanding of the world by being part of Nu Xi. 

Kellogg Writers Series

The Kellogg Writers Series offers several opportunities each year for students and faculty to meet and talk with writers and poets of various backgrounds and distinctions. The readings are free and open to the public.

Connected to the Kellogg Writers Series is the Literary Arts Programming course (ENGL 478X), in which students schedule writers' campus visits, promote the series and host writers on the day of their reading. Students will work with various campus offices as well as off-campus arts organizations to promote and coordinate writers' series events. 

Writing Lab

Students that are interested in teaching or tutoring should consider working in the Writing Lab, which provides other students help they may need while working on papers for class. Writing consultants aid other students in their writing by helping them learn how to better proofread and support their thesis throughout the paper.

Reflector

Many English students choose to write for the Reflector, the school’s newspaper. As a Reflector reporter or editor, you will be expected to conceptualize and write articles based on student interest and significant topics related to the school.

Theatre

If you are interested in acting or singing productions, the University offers a number of different opportunities, including a dinner theater production and several student-directed plays.