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2021 Spring Newsletter

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 Click here to read the Writing Program's 2021 Spring Newsletter

The University Writing Program, Doug Hesse, Executive Director | |

The Writing Center, Juli Parrish, Director |

In this issue:

  • Sheila Carter-Tod Named New Executive Director
  • Blake Sanz wins Iowa Fiction Prize
  • 7 Student Writing Center Consultants Present at Conference
  • Writing Across DU: Interviews with Professors Robin Tinghitella,
  • Kara Neu, and Kalemba Kizito by students Emily Vandenberg and Katy Foley
  • Faculty Publications, including books by Parrish, Colby, and Schultz-Colby
  • Funding for ASEM June Projects
  • Writing Teaching Innovation Grants
  • Hesse elected Chair of AWAC

Click here to read the Writing Program's 2021 Spring Newsletter

Spring WRIT Courses at DU: Quick Info for students

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Information on the available Spring courses can be found here.

2020 November Newsletter

2020 November Newsletter Cover

 In this issue:

  • Student Writing Showcase, November 12, 2020
  • Student Voices: Excerpts from the Showcase
  • The Writing Minor; Consulting Across Campus; Faculty Accomplishments

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2020 Fall Showcase



October 2020 Newsletter


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Writing @ DU! An Introduction for Students

Executive Director Doug Hesse explains what students in required writing courses can expect, in a six-minute video

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Announcing 50-Minute Workshops for Busy Faculty

To help busy faculty better handle writing elements of their classes, we've scheduled several practical interactive workshops on key topics:

  • Effective Online Practices for Student Peer Review (10/22 and 10/28)
  • Responding to Writing and Grading Through Canvas (Using or Ignoring Canvas Tools) (10/23 and 10/27)
  • Using Discussion Boards Effectively (10/30 and 11/5)

Each workshop, held through Zoom and capped at 12 participants, will have 20 minutes of practical presentation and 30 minutes of conversation and questions. Each workshop will be held twice. For more information and to sign up, please go to Fall 2020 Practical Workshops for Busy Professors.

Past Workshops 

  • Making Good Writing Assignments
  • Grading Efficiently and Effectively 
  • Using Informal Writing to Teach Course Content
  • Teaching Effective Source Usage

 For descriptions of past workshops, please go to Fall 2020 Practical Workshops for Busy Professors.


Complete Writing Center  Resources  online for Fall!


We've built a robust set of support for students and faculty across campus. 

Chief among support is a fully functioning Online Writing Center. All writers—from first-year undergraduates to advanced doctoral students—benefit from having conversations about their writing, and we are committed to holding those conversations online. In the Online Writing Center, you can have personal consultations about your writing, change or make a writing appointment, ask questions, and get help. The Center is amply staffed, including many hours in real time. Although there may be 5 or 6 people there at any time, we are expecting you and look forward to helping you with your writing. Click here to join the Online front desk!

Additional resources include support for writing specific kinds of projects, advice and instruction for citing and synthesizing sources, and much more. 

Writing Center Director Dr. Juli Parrish or Assistant Director Megan Kelly can help you. Or please contact

 Previous announcements & Archive

For a listing of all past announcements on the Writing Program Home page, please go to Home Page Archive.


The mission of the DU Writing Program is to create a robust culture of writing on campus by helping students develop the complex writing abilities needed in contemporary academic, professional and civic life, by helping faculty develop the knowledge and practices they need to support students in this development, and by providing nationally-recognized models for colleges and universities seeking exemplary practices in teaching and supporting writing.