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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, starting September 10 and continuing through September:

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

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 at least three times. For more information and to sign up, 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


POSTPONED Upcoming Event: Upcoming Symposium: Writing the range 2020: Landscaping our Cultures and Values, April 17th.

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), all admissions-related programs are cancelled through April 10.

 With an abundance of caution, Writing the Range 2020: Landscaping our Cultures and Values has been postponed.


news: Before, Beside, Beyond: Nonwestern and Indigenous Knowledge Traditions in the University

On January 16th, from 5:30-7:00 in the Renaissance Room, Professors Elizabeth Catchings and Polly Reid led a panel discussion on Nonwestern and Indigenous Knowledge Traditions in the University. Teacher-scholars and poet-researchers who shared their frameworks, critiques, and alternatives to the assumptive logics shaping the academy. 


nonwestern traditions event flyer 


On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Writing Program showcased award-winning student writing from Spring 2019. Award nominees and winners (and their friends), faculty, staff attended the event: See Video.

.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


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.