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University Writing Program

Welcome to the University Writing Program

News:  STUDENT  SHOWCASE and awards

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Writing Program will showcase award-winning student writing from Spring 2019. All are welcome: Award nominees and winners (and their friends), faculty, staff are welcome. A special welcome to first-year students!

.Fall Awards 2019!

writing institute

On June 17-21, 2019, the Writing Program hosted a writing institute for DU faculty: "After WRIT: Leveling Up Student Writing." We were able to offer a $1000 stipend to 20 DU faculty from across campus to help participants design (or re-design) writing elements of their courses, making them more effective for students—and more efficient for themselves.

The Institute covered
· 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

writ large, vol. 8

Over the last 7 years and 7 volumes of WRIT Large, the faculty editors have worked with 63 student authors and 19 student editors in our efforts to make student writing more visible on the DU campus. Volume 8 calls attention to some of our favorite writing from the volumes we've published so far. In the coming months, we will showcase a trio of essays focusing on a theme we saw emerging from our pages.

The fourth and final issue of volume 8, #4, is now published: "Experimental Writing."

Issue 8.1: "Writing the Self."

2018 cccc regional conference

The University of Denver Writing Program was proud to host the 2018 CCCC Regional Summer Conference July 20-21, 2018. Over two hundred people from across the country attended the conference on the University of Denver campus. The program featured 6 workshops led by University of Denver faculty and staff, a Research and Teaching forum, 42 panels, and a keynote speech by Howard Tinberg, Professor of English at Bristol Community College. Howard's keynote can be viewed here. We're grateful for everyone who attended, as well as the planning efforts of NCTE, CCCC, and the DU Writing Program. 

CCCC conference

Mission

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.