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University Writing Program

Student & Faculty Publications

Each year our students produce an exemplary array of academic writing across disciplines, and WRIT Large gives some of them an audience beyond their instructors and classmates. We are consistently impressed by the variety we see in student writing at DU: variety in the methods they employ, the theories that ground and prompt their thinking, the creativity they display in finding new ways to write about familiar and not-so-familiar topics. We invite you to peruse past editions of WRIT Large

WRIT LArge, Vol. 10

"Each issue, featuring the title WRIT Large on a vibrant cover, introduced me to exceptional writing by DU undergraduates in a wide range of genres: memoirs, ethnographies, research arguments and even contemplative essays (to just name a few)...

...Whether we are discussing an essay about drag culture or Walsenburg, Colorado, I now encourage my students to see themselves in the texts that they are reading. To see themselves as writers whose work will resonate with their peers, their professors, their families and their communities.

If this is your first time reading WRIT Large, I implore you to spend some time this writing. To spend some time with these writers. You will not be disappointed."

-David Riche, From An Introduction to Volume 10 of WRIT Large.

writ large, vol. 7

Student writers featured in this edition of WRIT Large: 

  • Tamarra Nelson, Rachel Reidenbaugh, Max Rosenblatt, and Maggie Sava: Volume 7 Introduction. 
  • Peaches Aragon: "I Am Mu"
  • Dominic Nelson: "The Crown of the Arctic"
  • Kengo Nagaoka: "My Grandfather's Nose: Lessons From Gwich'In Indigenous Resistance in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge"
  • Alice Major: "Souvenir"
  • Danielle Trujillo: "Breaking the Glass: Graduation Patterns Over Time at the University of Denver"
  • Max Rosenblatt: "As He Lay Dying"
  • Sam Alperin: "A Relativistic Approach to Hyperreality in Contemporary Art"

View WRIT Large Vol. 7, 2018 

writ large, vol. 6

Student writers featured in this edition of WRIT Large:

  • Katerina Moore and Avery Niemann: Volume 6 Introduction
  • Isis Usborne: "The Time 'Love Won'"
  • Dr. Trace Reddell: "An Introduction"
  • Paul Elsberg: "'This is the Life': Empowering Movement of Hip Hope at the Good Life Cafe"
  • Kelia Murata: "'Long Road to Recovery': Dance Clubs in Japan"
  • Josiah Ojeda: "Fighting For Our Tomorrow"
  • Kate Norris: "Breaking Tradition: Algerian Women as Freedom Fighters"
  • Katherine Karayannis: "Mile High Issues: The Mountain of Problems in Colorado Educational Funding"
  • Leah Tobias: "The Unseen Landscape: Water Sculpted by Maya Lin"
  • Lena Kern: "A Quaker Student in the Age of Facebook"
  • Jake Kerr: "The Real Medical and Ethical Implications of Genetic Engineering"
  • Soleil Kohl: "Translation"
  • Kira Pratt: "'Not Let's Get in Formation': Identifying Beyonce's Impact on Race Relations in America"

View WRIT Large Vol. 6, 2017. 

writ large, vol. 5

This year's writers, according to student editors Madison Bolotin, Carly Post, and Kay Takada, all write "with the passion of a scholar investigating a favorite field of study, and they pass this enthusiasm on to readers."

We invite you to peruse the 2016 issue of WRIT Large, which features the work of 12 undergraduate writers and editors.

View WRIT Large Volume 5 now.

Student writers featured in this edition of WRIT Large:

  • Madison Bolotin, Carly Post, and Kay Takada: Volume 5 Introduction
  • Kengo Nagaoka: "Black Blood: Reckoning with Alaska's Oil Dependency"
  • Brian Casey Goetzinger: "How the Colorado Symphony Stays in Tune with the Times"
  • Olivia Hayes: "Recipe for Mom's Chocolate Cake"
  • Aubrie Blevins: "The Revolution Won't Be Tweeted (But Tweets Will Change the Revolution)"
  • Cameron Hickert: "A Bird's-Eye View" Evolution of the Sky Burial in Practice"
  • Maggie Sava: "The Places in Between"
  • Jessica Garland: "Lifting the Lid on the Coffin: An Examination of Attitudes Towards Vampires in Popular Culture"
  • Nick Lewis: "'You Talkin' To Me?'"


We invite you to peruse the 2015 issue of WRIT Large, which features the work of 16 undergraduate writers and editors. 

View WRIT Large Volume 4 now. 

Student writers featured in this edition of WRIT Large:

  • Erika Stith: "Physics First, Fiction Later"
  • Breanna Demont: "Craft Brewing & Community: The Case of Wynkoop Brewing Co."
  • Isaiah Thompson: "Bury My Kart at Wounded Thumb"
  • Alexa Heupel, Mickey Martin, & Madelaine Mormot: "Not So Different After All: Examining the Stereotype of College Athletes"
  • Tucker Van Lier Ribbink: "The Anwr Controversy"
  • Nicole Batrouny: "Excavating Cool: An Analysis of Hipsterism and Why It Matters"
  • Alex Clinton: "Pictures & Perceptions of a National Park: Zion's Forgotten Past"
  • Tim Carlin: "Campbell's Chicken Soup For the Stamps: A Performance Ethnography"
  • Jake Sigmond: "Medical Condition: 5 Paragraphitis"
  • Kierra Aiello: "Notes on Cupcakes"
  • Kade Wilson: "Conceal, Don't Feel: A Queer Reading of Disney's Frozen"

View and download a PDF of the 2015 edition of WRIT Large. 


Academic writing does not often find its way out of the classroom and into the spotlight. Yet often work that begins as a required assignment turns into something worth celebrating. Students at the University of Denver consistently produce written work that goes beyond the assignment prompt to produce meaning, challenge assumptions and inspire creativity. They forge connections with authors of old and follow the footsteps of contemporary pioneers in their disciplines. WRIT Large provides writers with an avenue to celebrate these works, and by sharing them with readers, hopes to foster a community of engaged and curious writers who continue in this tradition. This year we are proud to host a wider variety of disciplines and genres than ever before.

View the 2014 edition of WRIT Large online

Student writers featured in this edition of WRIT Large:

  • Katie Beisel savors sweet dumplings, connecting her love of 18th and 19th century 'jams' with a scholarly study of music.
  • Shem Kikamaze correlates education and poverty in Uganda, raising awareness about stereotypes and the potential for change.
  • Angus Kitchell reinterprets the comic, Calvin and Hobbes, exploring its cultural significance through the lens of Thoreau and Zhuangzi.
  • Emily Krebs challenges our perspectives and encourages us to look beyond what we see in popular culture.
  • Gabriel Rusk enters a long-standing philosophical debate, engaging in dialogue with prominent theorists of law.
  • Caroline Stephens engages in extensive research to explore the psychological implications of cultural differences.
  • Viktor Stigson investigates recent controversies in sports news by applying classical sociological concepts.
  • Meg Swartley guides us through the world of steampunk, sharing with us the potential in combining the old with the new



Each year, students at DU produce a stunningly complex and diverse array of texts. From rhetorical analyses and close readings to literacy memoirs and quantitative research, these student texts reflect a variety of projects and interests. They demonstrate how students are using established theories and new media technologies to conduct their own research, experiment with unfamiliar methodologies, and push the boundaries of their assignments in thoughtful and creative ways. Our hope in establishing WRIT Large is to cultivate this creativity by recognizing and encouraging student research and writing across campus, to help writers and writing flourish at DU.

View the 2013 edition of WRIT Large online

Student writers featured in this edition of WRIT Large, include:

  • Emily Angel questions whether media representations of Michael Jordan create a glorified figure that exists only in consumer's minds.
  • Sonia Crosby-Attipoe traces out the personal -- or political -- meanings of hair, calling us to reflect on the intersection of text, community, and individual experiences.
  • Cicely Galm writes an autobiographical memoir to re-animate memories of her grandmother and disrupts/connects those (neural) pathways with research in history and medicine.
  • Nicole Krechevsky addresses fans' engagement with a fictitious sibling relationship, raising provocative questions about social norms related to gender, sexuality, and even incest.
  • Tuong Vi Nguyen unearths the social and nutritional benefit of garden projects on students, supported by her own case study at Fairview Elementary in west Denver.
  • Susanna Park explores the meaning and power of our hands by opening up her own family's stories with joyful and informative writing-- extending the seemingly insignificant idea of the hand to real depth.
  • Sara Schwartzkopf uses statistical analysis to explore student attitudes toward the institution's goal of inclusive excellence, as well as the factors that influence these attitudes.
  • Jonathan Seals unites the narrative of his own academic career with research on educational trends to give us a micro- and macroscopic view of the American educational system and its achievement gap.
  • Katherine Thomas tackles gender stereotypes and hetero-normative structures by engaging scholarly literature surrounding historical and present-day athletic organizations.


For this first issue of WRIT Large, we chose to limit our scope to first-year writing as a way to celebrate and applaud some of the excellent work we've seen:

  • Devon Varoz, explores his personal experience in a unique and thought-provoking way, moving from his early typewriter experiences to his early experiments with a word processor and finally to his fasci­nation with Warhol's Factory.
  • Siena Pinney reflects on the challenges of shooting her first documentary, Fire in Gold Hill, about a small Colorado town in the aftermath of a destructive wild fire.
  • Katrina (Trina) Stewart's literature review examines reasons why homeless women are so often separated from their children and, in the process, exposes the cyclical nature of homelessness and family dissolution.
  • Matt Gotlin-Sheehan also analyzes social issues in a provocative essay that looks at how social networking sites, like Facebook, can fuel activism.
  • Tanya Smith argues in a witty essay that Tina Fey—writer, actor, and lover of cupcakes—is the ultimate role model for successful women.
  • Whitney Harkness also selects a prominent figure for analysis, though she takes a historical approach, looking at Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his famous Fireside Chats.
  • Jordon Parker offers a close reading of a visual text, a painting by Colorado artist Daniel Sprick that evokes possibilities, ways of seeing, connotations.


A World of Difference: Selected Essays from First-Year Writers at the University of Denver, Spring 2007.

Editor: Heather Martin
Designer: Rebekah Shultz Colby
View the PDF of the Selected Essays here