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Welcome to the University Writing Program

Futures of college writing symposium

A symposium sponsored by the University of Denver Writing Program. Three distinguished speakers in conversation with each other and the audience: Linda Adler-Kassner (UC-Santa Barbara), John Duffy (Notre Dame), and Eileen Schell (Syracuse). 

June 15, 2017
1:00-3:00 pm
Renaissance Room Mary Reed Hall
University of Denver

one book, one du

The University of Denver Writing Program is excited to support the One Book, One DU initiative, the university's common reading program for first year students. In the fall, the Writing Program hosted "Encountering Stories," an inaugural event celebrating and showcasing first-year writers' responses to DU's One Book, One DU shared prompt initiative. We displayed all genres of responses--essays, drawings, videos, oral performances, comic books, & more.

In May, the Writing Program will be celebrating the publication of "Many Voices, One DU," a collection of stories and essays from undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, staff, and faculty from across campus. The book will honor the many voices that combine to form our DU community, bringing together reflections about identity, difference, and community inspired by the common prompt of telling a story about an encounter with the unfamiliar. 

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The Writing Program is pleased to announce the hiring of two new teaching assistant professors: Aubrey Schiavone (University of Michigan) and Zoe Tobier (Columbia University).  


WRIT Large Launch

The University of Denver Writing Program was proud to launch our sixth edition of WRIT Large, an annual compilation of the best writing in the first-year writing sequence. At the launch party on 4/5/17, many stories, laughs, and brownies were shared. 

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writ large launch


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Libby Catchings DUProfessor Libby Catchings was recently awarded the 2016 Best New Scholar award for her article "Sponsoring True Feeling: Literacy, Parrhesia, and Civic Mythos in the Writings of Detained Youth." The award is given to a scholar whose first major research publication has been published in Written Communication, which is one of our field's most important journals known for publishing rigorous research. The award was announced in the April 2017 issue of the journal. Congratulations, Libby!





 The University Writing Program recently hosted Patricia Roberts-Miller, University of Texas-Austin, who presented a lecture on her current research, "Democracy and the Rhetoric of Demagoguery." At Texas, Roberts-Miller is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and Director of the University Writing Center. She is author of numerous articles and three books, most recently Fanatical Schemes: Proslavery Rhetoric and the Tragedy of Consensus and Voices in the Wilderness: The Paradox of the Puritan Public Sphere

Video of the talk can be found on the Writing Program Youtube page. 

Juli Parrish, Doug Hesse, and Geoffrey Bateman published a study of writing across the curriculum in DU's Advanced Seminar program. "Assessing a General Education Writing Capstone: Research as Faculty Development" appears in Across the Discipline.


 Assistant Professor Lauren Picard at the Encountering Stories event in November 2016. 

WRITLarge - Our Annual Magazine of Undergraduate Writing 2016

Please read our latest magazine of fine writing by University of Denver Undergraduates


Creating a robust culture of writing on the DU campus, the Writing Program helps students and faculty develop complex writing abilities needed in contemporary academic, professional, and civic life.

The nationally recognized program provides a national model for colleges and universities seeking exemplary practices in teaching writing.