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Congratulations to Dr. Carol Samson, award-winning director of the play "The Tie That Binds." In October 2015, Carol adapted Kent Haruf's novel The Tie That Binds for stage performance at The SteamPlant Theatre in Salida, Colorado. The adaptation was nominated for multiple awards by the Colorado Community Theatre Coalition and Carol was awarded Best Director. 

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Outstanding FSEM Instructor of the Year!

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Congratulations to Writing Program faculty member Megan Kelly on winning Outstanding FSEM Instructor of the Year - a student nominated award for excellence in First Year Seminar instruction.


Heather Martin DU Writing Program Faculty Professor Heather Martin received the University of Denver’s award for “Service Learning Faculty Member of the Year,” joining her colleague Liz Drogin, who received that same award two years ago.  The entire Writing Program received the Community-Engaged Department of the Year Award in 2012.


Kara TaczakDr. Kara Taczak, Writing Program Lecturer, was recently announced to be the winner of the  Conference on College Composition and Communication  2015 Research Impact Award for the book she co-authored:   "Writing across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing."   Dr. Taczak will be honored at the CCCC Convention in Tampa in March. Congratulations Kara for this outstanding achievement and contribution to the professional work in the composition field!

David Daniels Kate Tufts Discovery Award Finalist

Congratulations to Writing Program Lecturer David J. Daniels for being a finalist for the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award! This award is given annually to poets that show great promise and is one of the most distinguished awards in the field. David's first book "Clean" is a top five first book finalist. Congratulations David!


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Department Events

Please join us for "Encountering Stories," an inaugural event celebrating and showcasing first-year writers' responses to DU's One Book, One DU shared prompt initiative. The event will be held on Wednesday October 19th from 5pm-7pm in the AAC Special Events Room (290).

We will display first-year students' responses to the One Book, One DU shared prompt in all genres--essays, drawings, videos, oral performances, comic books, & more--and feature live presentations of this work. Refreshments and snacks will be served."

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