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Academic writing does not often find its way out of the classroom and into the spotlight. Yet often work that begins as a required assignment turns into something worth celebrating. Students at the University of Denver consistently produce written work that goes beyond the assignment prompt to produce meaning, challenge assumptions and inspire creativity. They forge connections with authors of old and follow the footsteps of contemporary pioneers in their disciplines. WRIT Large provides writers with an avenue to celebrate these works, and by sharing them with readers, hopes to foster a community of engaged and curious writers who continue in this tradition. This year we are proud to host a wider variety of disciplines and genres than ever before.

View the 2014 edition of WRIT Large online

Student writers featured in this edition of WRIT Large:

  • Katie Beisel savors sweet dumplings, connecting her love of 18th and 19th century 'jams' with a scholarly study of music.
  • Shem Kikamaze correlates education and poverty in Uganda, raising awareness about stereotypes and the potential for change.
  • Angus Kitchell reinterprets the comic, Calvin and Hobbes, exploring its cultural significance through the lens of Thoreau and Zhuangzi.
  • Emily Krebs challenges our perspectives and encourages us to look beyond what we see in popular culture.
  • Gabriel Rusk enters a long-standing philosophical debate, engaging in dialogue with prominent theorists of law.
  • Caroline Stephens engages in extensive research to explore the psychological implications of cultural differences.
  • Viktor Stigson investigates recent controversies in sports news by applying classical sociological concepts.
  • Meg Swartley guides us through the world of steampunk, sharing with us the potential in combining the old with the new


WRIT Large, vol 2.

Each year, students at DU produce a stunningly complex and diverse array of texts. From rhetorical analyses and close readings to literacy memoirs and quantitative research, these student texts reflect a variety of projects and interests. They demonstrate how students are using established theories and new media technologies to conduct their own research, experiment with unfamiliar methodologies, and push the boundaries of their assignments in thoughtful and creative ways. Our hope in establishing WRIT Large is to cultivate this creativity by recognizing and encouraging student research and writing across campus, to help writers and writing flourish at DU.

View the 2013 edition of WRIT Large online

Student writers featured in this edition of WRIT Large, include:

  • Emily Angel questions whether media representations of Michael Jordan create a glorified figure that exists only in consumer's minds.
  • Sonia Crosby-Attipoe traces out the personal -- or political -- meanings of hair, calling us to reflect on the intersection of text, community, and individual experiences.
  • Cicely Galm writes an autobiographical memoir to re-animate memories of her grandmother and disrupts/connects those (neural) pathways with research in history and medicine.
  • Nicole Krechevsky addresses fans' engagement with a fictitious sibling relationship, raising provocative questions about social norms related to gender, sexuality, and even incest.
  • Tuong Vi Nguyen unearths the social and nutritional benefit of garden projects on students, supported by her own case study at Fairview Elementary in west Denver.
  • Susanna Park explores the meaning and power of our hands by opening up her own family's stories with joyful and informative writing-- extending the seemingly insignificant idea of the hand to real depth.
  • Sara Schwartzkopf uses statistical analysis to explore student attitudes toward the institution's goal of inclusive excellence, as well as the factors that influence these attitudes.
  • Jonathan Seals unites the narrative of his own academic career with research on educational trends to give us a micro- and macroscopic view of the American educational system and its achievement gap.
  • Katherine Thomas tackles gender stereotypes and hetero-normative structures by engaging scholarly literature surrounding historical and present-day athletic organizations.

WRIT Large vol 1.

For this first issue of WRIT Large, we chose to limit our scope to first-year writing as a way to celebrate and applaud some of the excellent work we've seen:

  • Devon Varoz, explores his personal experience in a unique and thought-provoking way, moving from his early typewriter experiences to his early experiments with a word processor and finally to his fasci­nation with Warhol's Factory.
  • Siena Pinney reflects on the challenges of shooting her first documentary, Fire in Gold Hill, about a small Colorado town in the aftermath of a destructive wild fire.
  • Katrina (Trina) Stewart's literature review examines reasons why homeless women are so often separated from their children and, in the process, exposes the cyclical nature of homelessness and family dissolution.
  • Matt Gotlin-Sheehan also analyzes social issues in a provocative essay that looks at how social networking sites, like Facebook, can fuel activism.
  • Tanya Smith argues in a witty essay that Tina Fey—writer, actor, and lover of cupcakes—is the ultimate role model for successful women.
  • Whitney Harkness also selects a prominent figure for analysis, though she takes a historical approach, looking at Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his famous Fireside Chats.
  • Jordon Parker offers a close reading of a visual text, a painting by Colorado artist Daniel Sprick that evokes possibilities, ways of seeing, connotations.

A World of Difference

A World of Difference: Selected Essays from First-Year Writers at the University of Denver, Spring 2007.

Editor: Heather Martin
Designer: Rebekah Shultz Colby
View the PDF of the Selected Essays here