In honor of our late Founding Director Bob Day, who dedicated his days to lighting
literary pathways for students, we're pleased to announce The Light of Day Internships,
an endowed program pairing WC students with high-profile literary organizations. These
world-class opportunities will give our students hands-on experience to truly distinguish
them in the job market. Help us to give them the Light of Day!
Every summer, 30 budding writers come to Washington College to participate in a literary
extravaganza comprised of workshops with WC faculty and nationally renowned writers,
craft talks and panels, a letterpress demonstration in our Print Shop, open mics,
and readings. By funding a young writer, you’ll be giving them a vibrant, one-of-a-kind
Lit House experience. And you may be helping the College as well: more than 50% of
attending rising-seniors enroll at Washington College!
Our students meet with world-renowned writers (imagine sitting with Toni Morrison
to discuss your short story!), take trips to conferences and festivals, and work on
campus publications. By becoming a Lit House Friend, you’ll increase our ability to
bring fabulous writers to campus, send our impressive students on transformative trips,
and keep WC’s literary community as vibrant as ever—particularly in a time of diminishing
focus on funding the literary arts.
The heart of the Lit House is our Print Shop studio, where antique letterpress printing
is married to state-of-the-art technologies. Here, students learn the publishing process
from setting type to desktop software. Our workshops introduce learners to letterpress
and bookmaking. We produce broadsides and books, as well as a national literary journal,
Cherry Tree, on which current students work. Your support would help to keep these workshops going,
our journal running, and our broadside and book series going well into the future