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The University Writing Program invites faculty from departments across campus to participate in a five-morning workshop. Our purpose? To help participants design (or re-design) writing elements of their courses, making them more effective for students—and more efficient for themselves.

At the core of the Institute will be understanding what students learn in WRIT 1122 and WRIT 1133 courses, some of the theory and research underlying those courses, and how faculty can use that knowledge in the Majors or Common Curriculum courses they teach.

The Institute will cover
· The basic theoretical and practical knowledge of rhetoric and composing that WRIT students learn
· The writing strategies, concepts, and vocabularies that WRIT students develop
· What you should expect of students at DU and writing development during the college years
· Current research about writing practices in different disciplines
· Relationships between academic writing, professional writing and writing in the civic sphere
· Options for writing activities and assignments, including multimodal designs
· How to access/create materials that help students and save time
· How to respond and grade in ways that diminish time and frustration

The goal is to have participants end the week with newly-designed (or re-designed) writing assignments, materials, and practices that they can use with confidence in a course they're teaching in 2019-20.

The Institute will meet from 9:00 am to noon on five mornings, June 17-21. We'll provide refreshments and materials, with structured conversations and activities being the main mode of our sessions. There will be 2-3 hours of homework (with some reading/writing assignments) each of the first four afternoons. Participants will create camera-ready assignments and materials by the end of the week, sharing some of them with the group at our last meeting.

Funding and space are limited. We'll offer invitations to participants in two rounds: an early round of submissions by May 17 and a second round of submissions by May 31. (We'll reserve several openings for the second round.) Creating a cohort including faculty from several different departments will be an important selection criterion.

To apply for a place in the Institute, please complete the online application.

Questions? Please contact Doug Hesse at

writers@work series

The Writing Program's series "Writers@Work" showcases working writers in a variety of fields, allowing students to hear from career professionals about the various kinds of writing they perform in their jobs. This year we've hosted 9 writers from a variety of fields. 

Thursday, May 9, 5-6pm, AAC 340
Andrea Dupree is the co-founder and Program Director of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a nationally recognized non-profit that puts on workshops for aspiring writers, coordinates an annual Literary Festival that attracts attendees from across the nation, and brings critically acclaimed novelists and poets to Denver.

Wednesday, April 24, 6-7pm, AAC 301
John Campbell has been working as a technical writer for 15 years, and during that time, he's had the opportunity to work as part of a large team for a global corporation and as a sole contract writer. He's worked on software manuals and written about intestinal parasites. He's given presentations in swanky board rooms and wrapped up instruction sets in his pajamas at 3am. And in his current job, he spends almost as much time working in PHP code and SQL queries as he does gathering information from SMEs and fixing comma splices. He loves the wildly disparate experiences tech writing provides, and how much he's learned as a result

Tuesday, April 16, 1-2pm, Margery Reed 203
Angie Thurston, a Harvard Divinity fellow who will discuss her writing and work surrounding her research into ways to foster community and spiritual connection.

Wednesday, February 27, 6-7 pm, The Loft, AAC 340
Ryan Ellis, founder and president of Red Egg Marketing. Mr. Ellis, a graduate of Stonehill College, runs a local marketing agency specializing in helping small Denver businesses create and grow their online presence.

Wednesday, February 20, 6-7 pm, AAC 301
Savannah Barry, criminal defense investigator, Colorado State Public Defender's Office. Ms. Barry is a recent graduate of DU who has been investigating crimes for over a year.

Wednesday, February 13, 6-7 pm, The Loft, AAC 340
Larry Goldman, a senior director of Product Marketing at Spinnaker Support. A graduate of Cornell, Mr. Goldman has worked in marketing for over 20 years at various companies, including Hyperion and Oracle.

Tuesday, February 5 from 6-7 pm, Margery Reed 217
Rob Blume, a trial lawyer and senior partner in the Denver law firm of Gibson Dunn. Mr. Blume graduated from Georgetown Law, is a former federal prosecutor, and has practiced trial law in Denver for over 10 years.

Wednesday, October 10 6-7pm, The Loft
Jen Reeder, freelance writer and president of the National Dog Writers Foundation.

Wednesday, November 7 5-6pm, The Loft
Mindy Sink, guidebook author, travel writer, health writer, and author of Colorado hiking guidebooks.

conversations in the disciplines

Conversations in the Disciplines, the Writing Program's annual roundtable about faculty research and writing practices, was held April 22nd, in AAC 290. Lynn Schofield Clark spoke about her writing process as well as about her ethnographic research involving high school students. Anthony Fulginiti discussed his writing practices regarding his quantitative AI related work related to using social networks to aid in suicide prevention. Finally, Michael Brent talked about what it means to do text based/interpretive research and writing in philosophy. Students were engaged in asking questions following the talks, both as a formal part of the event and, in some cases, by staying afterward to talk to the speakers.

CCESL Distinguished Scholars

The Writing Program is thrilled to celebrate our students' award-winning writing! All 3 recipients of CCESL's Distinguished Public Good Scholars award for exceptional portfolios are Writing Minor or WRIT Engagement Corps members.

Mackenzie Langley - A 2nd-year writing minor student, Mackenzie received an award for the portfolio she created in Angela Sowa and Sarah Hart Micke's WRIT 2701 "Writing for the Public Good" course.
Mackenzie's Portfolio:

Andi Schlut - A 3rd-year writing minor and double major in political science and socio-legal student, Andi's portfolio emphasizes the theme of "pursuing social justice and equality by mitigating the effects of systematic biases."
Andie's Portfolio:

Cristin Espinoza - A founding WRIT Engagement Corps member and 2018 DU graduate, Cristin will join Teach for America's 2018 Denver Corps.
Cristin's Portfolio:


encountering stories showcase

encountering stories

The University Writing Program invites you to the annual celebration and showcase of first-year writers' responses to DU's One Book, One DU shared prompty. 

Wednesday, October 18th
Anderson Academic Commons 290

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. 

Source: DU VideoManager

conversations in the disciplines

The University Writing Program is happy to announce its annual roundtable conversation about faculty research and writing practices. Professors from diverse disciplines at DU will briefly present their research projects and writing approaches, and then engage in open discussion with the audience. This event will be particularly useful to students in WRIT 1133, 1633, or 1733, but the entire campus community is welcome.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 6-7:30pm
AAC 290

frederick douglass transcibe-a-thon

Frederick Douglass

Writing in public

writing in public 2018

 writing minor field trip

Students in one of the Writing Minor courses, WRIT 2701: Applying Persuasion in Nonprofit Settings, partnered in the winter quarter with Indian Hills Fire Rescue (IHFR), a volunteer fire department located in the foothills above Denver, for some applied grant writing experiences. The class, along with members of WRIT Engagement Corps, an undergraduate service group also currently exploring funding processes, visited IHFR this week to learn more about how the department works and what its needs are. Students met with fire and EMS personnel, attended a business meeting, and toured the station. This contextual information is invaluable in the grant writing process, and students are in the process of developing materials for various needs, including vehicles, fitness and training equipment, and medical equipment.

Writing program faculty retreat

On June 15-16, 2017 the Writing Program held our annual June faculty retreat. Thursday saw presentations by and roundtables by Writing Program faculty, culminating in a symposium on the Futures of College Writing featuring Linda Adler-Kassner, John Duffy, and Eileen Schell. 

On Friday, we headed west to the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO. Eileen Schell joined us once again, speaking on "Writing With/In the Community." Following this was a Teaching, Service, and Research forum; lunch at the Trailhead Taphouse; and plenary conversations: "Reflecting on 2017, Projecting 2018."


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

conversations in the disciplines

The University Writing Program is happy to announce its annual roundtable conversation about faculty research and writing practices. Four professors from different research traditions, led by Professor Keith Rhodes, will discuss their research and how and why it matters. This event will be particularly useful to students in WRIT 1133, 1633, or 1733, but the entire campus community is welcome. Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 from 5:00 - 6:30pm in AAC 290.

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.

writ large launch

rhetoric of demagoguery

On February 10, 2017 the University Writing Program  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.

short history of student writing exhibit

Short History of Student Writing Exhibit

Please join us in celebrating A Short History of the Long History of Student Writing at DU, a showcase of the diverse writing of DU students (and a few faculty members) from 1882 to 2015. Highlights include full issues as well as curated stories from DU's three student newspapers, protest fliers, and other ephemera from "Woodstock West," selections from student yearbooks, and many other artifacts. The event will begin with food and beverage service, followed by a short presentation about the exhibit and a tour of the exhibits on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons
3:30p – 5:30p. Refreshments will be served

encountering stories

Encountering Stories

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."

encountering stories

ASEM / FSEM Workshop: Learning From Your Students' Writing

June 15, 2016
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
+ Writing Due on June 17

$500 honorarium for completing the entire workshop.

How do students perform on our writing assignments?
And what do we make of it?

This workshop will address these questions by having participants look at a particular assignment in their FSEM or ASEM course, then analyzing how two or more students actually completed that assignment. You learn ways to analyze your students' writing and to apply what you've learned, either in assignment-making or teaching strategies. You'll also have written a short article. Most importantly, you'll get a chance to learn from other ASEM faculty.

To participate in the workshop, you'll need

1. A writing assignment you're willing to share and analyze from an ASEM or FSEM course that you taught in 2015-2016.
2. At least two student writings in response to the assignment. One of the writings should be a relatively strong piece, while the other should be "less successful" or "average" (but not weak or bad).
3. To be able to participate in a three-hour workshop from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15. Alas, you'll need to be able to commit to the entire time.
4. To be able to devote at least 3 or 4 hours to complete a piece of writing between the end of the Wednesday workshop and Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm. This writing will a) present your assignment and explain what you hoped students would achieve; b) explain strategies that the students used, citing aspects of the responses you analyzed; c) have a conclusion about implications, including any changes you might make on this or other assignments. (You'll receive further instruction.)
5. Be willing to have your writing read by other workshop members. We will invite participants to develop their writings for further campus publication.

Participation is open to 20 faculty. We'll accept folks on a first-come/first served basis, with a couple of considerations. It's desirable to have a disciplinary mix (not 20 English professors, engineers, or economists) and some mix of ASEM and FSEM folks.

composium 2016


Join us as we showcase student work at COMPosium, an annual spring event where we highlight student writing and research in a multimodal showcase. This year we'll be featuring works in all stages of the writing and research process. Join us May 18th from 3:30-5:00pm in Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room (AAC 290). Light refreshments will be served.

2016 COMPosium Program

2016 COMPOsium Promotional Flyer

2016 COMPosium Call for Participation

writing the range conference

Writing the Range: The Next Ten Years

The University of Denver's Writing Program is pleased to announce Writing the Range: The Next Ten Years, a day of interaction on scholarship, pedagogy, and the profession with a special emphasis on issues concerning the future of the front range writing community. Featured in this day-long symposium are keynote talks by Dr. Cheryl Ball and Dr. Kate Vieira, a research and pedagogy forum, and dynamic roundtable sessions.

April 29, 2016

Hosted by the University of Denver's Writing Program

For questions on the day of the event, please contact Blake Sanz - 303.408.0151

Directions to Campus and Parking Lot "L"
From I25: Exit onto S. University Blvd (exit #205). Continue south on S. University Blvd. Take a right onto E. Asbury Ave. Once you park, Anderson Academic Commons is located less than a quarter mile directly south, just on the other side of Evans Ave. Here is a map of campus with Lot L and Anderson Academic Commons (26) circled.

You must have a permit to park at the University of Denver. A permit should have been emailed to you upon registration. If you have not been emailed a permit, please contact Lauren Salvador at or 303-871-7448.

You must print the emailed permit and bring it with you to access our designated event parking area. Lot L is a parking structure north of Ricketson Law Building, with entry off East Asbury Avenue. The barcode on the permit will give you access to the lot when you scan it at the gate. To prevent ticketing, display the permit on your dashboard, and avoid parking on the Recreation level.

Instructions for RPNF Participants
You should come to RPNF prepared to talk about your ideas/research/issue for about 5 minutes and bring copies of a one-page handout for each member of your table (4-5 people). You will have time to receive 10-15 minutes of feedback from your group. What participants choose to put on their handout varies quite a bit - some bring an assignment sheet, an assignment sequence, a research synopsis, or a research plan and short bibliography. It's completely up to you what you'd like to include on your handout, but consider what might be most useful or illuminating for your group to be able to take with them when the day is over.

Instructions for Roundtable Speakers
If you are speaking on a roundtable, please limit your individual presentation to 5 minutes. After all speakers present, the remaining time will be dedicated to questions and conversation with the audience. The rooms will have projector capabilities – please let the moderator know before the roundtable begins if you'd like to use the projector.


You can download the program or view it on the conference website.


Author Talk: d.t. max

Author Talk: D.T. Max

D.T. Max is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the best selling author of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace. Max's portrait of this literary legend was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle and many others. In it, Max chronicles the life and untimely death of a man with a brilliant mind and an anguished soul, who gave us one of the masterpieces of modern literature: Infinite Jest. The portrait of David Foster Wallace in Every Love Story is a Ghost Story was assembled from interviews with family and friends, hundreds of unpublished letters, manuscripts, and audio tapes. D.T. Max gives us not just the genius, but the man himself.

D.T. Max is also the author of "The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery." In this fascinating investigation of prions - ordinary proteins gone awry that result in strange and fatal neurological illnesses - Max tells tales from an Italian suffering from sleeplessness to Mad Cow Disease to cannibalism, deftly weaving spellbinding storytelling with exhaustive research.

Along with his two books, D.T. Max has contributed to the New Yorker since 1997, and has been a staff writer since 2010. He has worked as the books editor of the New York Observer, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, and a food reviewer for Paper. A graduate of Harvard, Max now lives in New jersey with wife, two children, and a rescued beagle who came to them with the name Max.

For more information on D.T. Max please visit his website.

Twenty Years After Infinite Jest
7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 23
The Loft
Anderson Academic Commons

The Writing Program and the English Department are co-sponsors of this event.
Open to students, faculty, and the public. Light refreshments will be served.



the tie that binds adaptation

Carol Samson, a faculty member of The University Writing Program, has adapted Kent Haruf’s first novel, The Tie that Binds, for stage performance at The SteamPlant Theatre in Salida, Colorado. Haruf was a resident of Salida. He died there in November  2014, and over the winter this year, an arts organization, The Friends of the SteamPlant, asked Carol to adapt a piece of Haruf’s writing as a celebration of his work and as a benefit for the Haruf hospice organization, Sunset Home.  While his late novels had been staged by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, she was pleased to acquire the rights to adapt his first novel, The Tie that Binds, winner of the PEN/Hemingway award. She adapted the work  into a two-hour theatre piece that will use 10 actors and 88 slide projections to tell the story of Edith Goodnough, a woman raised on the eastern plains of Colorado in  Haruf’s imagined town of Holt, Colorado. The novel is part Faulknerian gothic, part parable, and part cultural study. It is a poetic treatment of the land and the people who framed eastern Colorado, farmed in treeless and sand-filled acreage, and endured.

Kent Haruf's Tie That Binds Adaptation

COMPosium 2015


Writing Composium

COMPosium is a celebration of First Year Writing and Research. There will be two 1-hour long Poster sessions (in which students from Spring WRIT courses will present their work through posters, podcasts, interactive presentations, etc.) separated by a 1-hour long Live Presentation session.

The event will be held on May 14th, 2015 from 3-7 pm in Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290.  

Conversations in the disciplines 2015

The University Writing Program announces its annual roundtable conversations about faculty research and writing practices. Professors from diverse disciplines at DU will each give brief informal presentations about recent research projects, their research methods, and their writing approaches.

The event will be held on April 23rd from 6:00-7:30 pm in Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290. A moderator will ask a few questions, then open the floor to audience members. The event will be particularly useful to students in WRIT 1133, 1633, or 1733, but the entire campus community is welcome.

Student Writing awards and writ large launch

This is a dual celebration of exemplary student writing. First, the University Writing Program will honor and recognize students nominated for our Writing Awards. Then, WRIT Large will launch the new issue of our annual journal. This will include a panel of published authors and a Q/A.

Event will be held on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 from 5-9 pm in Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290. 



Writing in Public 2015

The Writing Program is happy to sponsor its 2nd annual "Writing in the Public" event on Tuesday, February 10, from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall. This event invites our first-year Writing Program students to expand their notions of writing past the academic sphere as invited speakers Dylan Scholinksi (Visual Artist, Memoirist, Author); Sarah Plummer Taylor (U.S. Marine Veteran, Health Coach, Author) and Kim Manajek (Denver Botanic Gardens Associate Director of Exhibitions, Art, and Interpretation) discuss their writing processes as public intellectuals. 

 See flyer here


Faculty Workshops

Writing in FSEM Writing in FSEM: A Faculty Symposium
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Chan Room (AAC 284), Anderson Academic Commons

We invite up to 20 DU faculty who are teaching First Year Seminars during fall 2014 to participate in discussions related to student writing. Faculty will receive a $200 stipend for participation. 

Please apply by November 24, 2014. 

Faculty Publications in 2013-2014

The University Writing Program faculty have published extensively this past academic year. Publications include book chapters, creative works, academic articles and books. Click here for a complete list of faculty publications from the 2013-2014 academic year.



Writing the Range 2014 Writing the Range Conference
Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons

A day of conversations about about scholarship, pedagogy, and the profession with keynote presentations by Jessica Enoch and Scott Wible.

Please RSVP by October 31, 2014.


Faculty Workshop

Faculty Workshop: Quantitative Research and Writing
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Chan Room (AAC 284), Anderson Academic Commons

On November 6th, the Writing Program hosted Dr. Becky Powell (Department of Geography) and Dr. Michelle Knowles (Department of Chemistry) to discuss quantitative research methods and how they applied to writing in the university (which included discussions of assignment types, similarities and differences amongst the disciplines, and how our course goals could help students transfer their writing knowledge/abilities from our classes to advanced classes in the quantitative fields).

FSEM COMPosium: The Early Works

FSEM COMPosium: The Early Works
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons

The University Writing Program invites FSEM classes to present their work at the second annual FSEM COMPosium, a celebration of first-year student writing and research, to be held on Wednesday, November 5, from 5:00–7:00pm in the Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Space. The COMPosium will showcase and celebrate the variety of student writing generated in FSEM sections over the course of the quarter. We welcome all genres of writing and presentation formats: panels, powerpoints, original creative writing, research, and more. Each class will present for no longer than 10 minutes. 

FSEM instructors should contact Megan Kelly to sign up for the event. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Faculty Workshop

Faculty Workshop: Qualitative Research and Writing
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Chan Room (AAC 284), Anderson Academic Commons

On October 16th, the Writing program hosted Dr. Jared Del Rosso (Department of Sociology & Criminology), Dr. Christina Kreps (Department of Anthropology) and Dr. Kate Willink (Department of Communications) to discuss qualitative research methods and writing practices across the disciplines. The rich conversation touched on issues of assignment design, scholarly ethos, professional genres within the majors, and how the University Writing Program's course goals help students transfer their writing knowledge/abilities to advanced classes in the qualitative fields.

advising event

Food for Thought
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The Loft (Room 340), Anderson Academic Commons

Please join the Writing Program faculty for an afternoon snack and information to help you make the most of your required First Year Writing classes. Do you know which writing (WRIT) class you need to take? Make sure! Did you know that you can choose from sections with a wide range of themes and topics? See what they are! Did you know that we offer sections for international students, online sections, and hybrid sections that meet once a week? Learn more! Are you hungry? Enjoy a tasty treat! For free!

Please note: FSEM faculty and academic advisors interested in learning more about the WRIT sequence and WRIT course offerings are encouraged to attend.

Food for Thought 2014 Flier

A Talk by Author Ted Conover

Ted Conover

"You in the Picture: Cultural Exploration and the First Person"
Ted Conover
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Renaissance Room, Mary Reed Hall

Conover is an award-winning immersion journalist, author of five books (most recently The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World) and magazine features (Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and others). For more information, please see the event flier.

Conversations in the Disciplines

The University Writing Program announces its annual roundtable conversations about faculty research and writing practices. Professors from diverse disciplines at DU will each give brief informal presentations about recent research projects, their research methods,a nd their writing approaches. A moderator will ask a few questions, then open the floor to audience members. The event will be particularly useful to students in WRIT 1133, 1633, or 1733, but the entire campus community is welcome.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room (AAC 290) (view pdf flier)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room (AAC 290) (view pdf flier)

Conversations in the Disciplines

 Writing in the Public (Feb 2014)

The Writing Program was happy to sponsor its first "Writing in the Public" event on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 6:00-7:00 pm in AAC 290. This event invited our first-year Writing Program students to expand their notions of writing past the "ivory tower" as invited speakers Peter Banda, an AP journalist, Rachel Kleinfeld, President of the Truman National Security Project and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author and artist Dylan Scholinski discussed their writing processes as public intellectuals.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 6:00-7:00 in the Anderson Academic Commons special events room, AAC 290.

Click for pdf flier. 

Writing in the Public  



Join us for the Fall COMPosium
5:00-6:30, October 29, 2013
Special Events Room (290), Anderson Academic Commons


Writing out of Bounds (Oct 2013)

A Community Writing Center Celebration. 

Join us for an evening of readings by writers from DU and from our community partners, the Saint Francis Center and the Gathering Place. Refreshments will be served.

6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2013 in The Loft (AAC 340). View PDF flier.

flier for Community Writing Center Celebration


A Conversation with Hampton Sides (Oct 2013)

Journalist and Writer 

11:00 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2013 in the Chan Room (AAC 284) View PDF flier


Food for Thought... about First Year Writing

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Driscoll 135 (behind Jazzman's)

Please join the Writing Program faculty for an afternoon snack and information to help you make the most of your required First Year Writing classes. See pdf.


June 17, 19, and 21—with homework
$1000 honorarium for participants

The University of Denver Writing Program invites DU faculty from all departments to participate in a week-long institute on student writing in content courses. Our focus will be on writing in general education courses such as FSEM and ASEM. The Institute, which will be led by Doug Hesse and other writing program faculty, is open to any DU professor who has taught FSEM or ASEM in the past two years and who plans to teach either course again in 2013-14.

Participants will read selected current research and teaching practice in writing across the curriculum. They'll meet three times, three hours each meeting, to discuss readings, discuss their courses and matters related to writing in FSEM and ASEM, and share work in progress. And they'll complete a brief writing project (about 5 pages) related to their course or to a topic related to student writing.

Participants who complete all elements will receive an honorarium of $1000 paid July 1.

For more information, please see the announcement flyer.

 Selected Past Events

COMPosium, May 9, 2013

Conversations in the Disciplines

  • April 16, 2013
  • April 17, 2013

National Day on Writing, October 18, 2012