Please join the students of English 425:  

Nonfiction Writing Capstone, for their capstone presentations!


As the culmination of their academic majors,

Pacific Lutheran University seniors present to an

open audience the fruits of a substantial project, paper, or internship.


The students and faculty of the Division of Humanities

warmly invite all students, faculty, and staff to attend.

Capstone in Nonfiction Writing
This fall, nine writers—five PLU capstone students, four intermediate nonfiction students, and I—delved into questions of citizenship, community, family, and belonging through the literary medium of creative nonfiction. We read personal essay, lyric essay, collage essay, memoir, and many essays on writing craft. A wide range of literature guided our exploration, including books by James Baldwin, bell hooks, Shailja Patel, Sejal Shah, and Jesmyn Ward. We studied literary journals and spoke with Califorina essayist / musician Zoe Dutka and author / educator Sejal Shah (RWW faculty).
The five capstone students read one another’s drafts—over and over again—with passion, empathy, and careful attention. They interviewed PLU faculty and wrote articles for our campus humanities journal, Prism. Most important of all, each of them researched and developed a 20- to 25-page work of polished creative nonfiction, detailing with compassion and beauty nuances of family and community, immigration and identity, faith and ancestry.
Professor Wendy Call

Thursday, December 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
6:00 pm: “Esthesia” by Caitlin Klütz
6:30 pm: “To Whom Shall We Go?” by Camilla Sumner
7:00 pm: “Mais ou menos” by Marie Rodrigues

Friday, December 11, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
1:00 pm: “’Did I do that?’ -tales from a purple journal” by Kiyomi Kishaba
1:30 pm: “Dreamspace” by Jenna Muller

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Wendy Call (