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March 22, 2018

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The University Writing Program (UWP) has implemented a number of curriculum, assessment and other innovations that have resulted in national recognition from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

July 23, 2018

The University Writing Program Conference is happening on October 19, 2018.

Click the image below to visit the Conference Website or use the quick bar link to the right. 


February 26, 2018

Announcing the UWP Podcast Season 2! 

Some of the new features for season 2 include: 

-A new platform; the Podcast is now found on Anchor

-Call-ins: Faculty, listeners, students and anyone else can call-in to the Podcast to share their voices in these discussions. 

-New Content: Shorter, more frequent content 

Click the image below to visit the Podcast online or downlaod the Anchor App and start listening on your phone!

December 8, 2017

UWP Honored by Conference on College Composition and Communication!

Click here for more information from CCCC

November 10, 2017

New episode of the UWP Podcast Availalble!  

Click here to listen to Episode 11 of the UWP Podcast

In Part 2 of a Podcast series discussing Tonya Wertz-Orbaugh's ambitious Holocaust Project,

two of her current students join the program to share their thoughts on this engaging project.

October 5, 2017

New issue of the UWP Newsletter now availble! 

Click here for the full version.

October 2017 Newsletter features student workers and UWP shoutouts

April 15, 2017

Welcome to RE: Composing: A Journal by Writers for Writers!

November 29, 2016

University Writing Program Affirmation Statement

In light of hate crimes that have occurred on college campuses recently, and which appear to be committed in the context of the presidential election, the University Writing Program would like to reaffirm our commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and tolerance for all students, faculty, and staff. As stated in our official Equity Statement, we believe that everyone's lives, perspectives, and practices are enriched when we actively engage in discourse around all complex ideas. Our program is a welcoming and safe place for students regardless of their political stance, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, special health needs, age, religion, country of origin, or socio-economic status.


UWP 60 // Bite-sized Discussions Around First-Year Writing

UWP 60 offers quick and easy to digist audio recordings remixed from larger conversations found on the UWP Podcast.  They are about 60 seconds long.