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Beyond the Classroom

Our department provides exceptional resources and opportunities for students, faculty, and the rest of the academic world through stellar centers, publications, and ways to get involved. Explore this section to learn more.


The Writing Center 

Students, tutors, and teachers focusing on writing form the Writing Center community and create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in which writers work with other writers. Visitors to the center are encouraged to discuss their writing and writing in general.

The Ernest J. Gaines Center

The Ernest J. Gaines Centers offers scholars valuable archival resources and educational tools that provide historical resources about Gaines and his work.

The Studio

The Studio serves as a 21st century lab and small-group workspace for UL students in the English Department to learn, create, prosper, and transition from student to professional. The Studio includes computers with programs like Adobe InDesign and MS Visio, providing you with the tools and work space you need to develop, design, and edit professional writing and video projects.


Rougarou: Journal of Arts & Literature

Rougarou is the graduate-run literary journal from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s English department. Founded in 2007, Rougarou is published biannually, with active columns updated regularly.

The Southwestern Review

The Southwestern Review (SWR) is UL’s in-house print literary journal, featuring creative work from current UL students. The SWR is produced annually by the Creative Writing Program under the editorship of a faculty advisor and a team of graduate and undergraduate students.

Get Involved

English Graduate Student Organization

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) focuses on student advocacy, communication between faculty and students, community building, and professionalization.

Global Souths Conference

Thursday Night Reading Series

Our Thursday Night Reading Series (TNRS) features weekly readings of original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and experimental works from UL graduate students and faculty.

Ragin’ Writers

Ragin’ Writers is an undergraduate creative writing club that aims to provide a creative outlet for students at UL Lafayette. Any undergraduate student at UL may join, regardless of your major.

Sigma Tau Delta

Milena Theatre Group

Milena Theatre Group regularly produce a complete stage play from writing to design to production, rehersal and singular performance.

Acadiana Writing Project

The Acadiana Writing Project is one of five Louisiana sites of the National Writing Project, a program that seeks to improve student writing in grades K-12. AWP is sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.