Founded in the early 90s, The UMass Amherst English Society is the student division of the English Department and has evolved from the best-kept secret of Bartlett to a noticeable, dynamic body open to all UMass students. Although a chiefly undergraduate club, graduate students are also welcome. With past and current members associated with nearly every school and department at UMass,everyone is encouraged to join the society.
The English Society’s success relies on the combined effort of students from numerous disciplines. We are not just English majors. We are an informal group from various backgrounds with a diverse array of beliefs and hobbies. However, we all have one thing in common, and that is an appreciation for good writing.
Meetings are held every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Bartlett cube when school is in session. On a typical Thursday, our meetings usually last between one to two hours. Members can bring literature to read, a story or poem that caught his/her interest, or just attentive ears to listen.
We also continue the tradition of reviewing submissions for our yearly journal of undergraduate student writing called Jabberwocky. You are welcome to bring a piece of your own to read, bravely announced or anonymously read by someone else, and even ask fellow members for suggestions/comments on how they think you could improve your piece or style. There are no restrictions to what you can bring (why censor one's creativity?), just as long as it is all in good taste. However, make sure it is under four single spaced pages if you would also like a chance at having it published in Jabberwocky. Please feel free to stop by the English undergraduate office located at 252 Bartlett to pick up a copy.