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The University of Denver Writing Program has a long history of publishing student and staff work.

2020 Fall showcase

2020 Fall Showcase Winners

Congratulations to all this year's winners!

WRIT Large

Our most well-known publication is WRIT Large, a journal of undergraduate research and writing at DU. WRIT Large was started by Liz Drogin, Megan Kelly, Heather Martin, and Juli Parrish in the winter of 2012. The journal serves as a resource and teaching tool for our faculty, as well as a source of inspiration for students in our WRIT classes. Published every year in the spring, WRIT Large highlights an exemplary array of academic writing across disciplines. Its 8th volume serves as a retrospective, calling attention to the fantastic work produced over the last eight years by our 63 student authors and 19 student editors. More information WRIT Large, as well as past issues, can be found here.

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2020 Hornbeck and Director's Award Winners

The Hornbeck Scholarship is an endowed award to a single outstanding first year writer at DU. This year the University of Denver Writing Program is proud to select Sam Colvett for this scholarship out of 23 submissions.

Five finalists have been chosen to receive the Director's Award, as one of the five best writers out of over 1,300 students in WRIT classes in 2019-2020. We give our congratulations to the following winners:

  • Tom Adams
  • Sophia Mellsop
  • Ren Rollo
  • Ryker Stokes
  • Iden Sheng

Many Voices, One DU

In the fall of 2016, DU commenced the "One Book, One DU" initiative, a university common reading program for first year students. The Writing Program, spearheaded by Lauren Picard, responded with "Encountering Stories." This event celebrated and showcased first-year writers' responses to DU's One Book, One DU prompt. We displayed all genres of responses – essays, drawings, videos, oral performances, comic books, and more. In May of 2017, we published "Many Voices, One DU," a collection of stories and essays from undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, staff, and faculty across campus. The book honors the many voices that combine to form our DU community. In October 2017, we hosted the second iteration of Encountering Stories, and in May 2018, we published the second volume of "Many Voices, One DU."

At Home in the corona

At Home in the Corona Cover

At Home in the Corona Contents















A collection of 9 undergraduate memoirs and essays, edited and published by Doug Hesse, from his spring 2020 course "Memoir and Personal Writing." Here are the cover and contents, followed by links to sample pieces.  

Sample Pieces

Doug Hesse. "Introduction"

Daniel Nava Cabral. "Magic Tricks, Invisibility Cloaks, and Funhouse Mirrors"

Advanced Seminar

Additionally, the Writing Program has supported writing in Advanced Seminar (ASEM) through a series of workshops and publications. Links to those publications can be found here