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Who We Are


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GW’s University Writing Program (UWP) aims to strengthen every GW student's ability to write clearly and effectively, preparing them for excellence in their academic and professional careers. First Year Writing courses and Writing in the Disciplines courses approach writing through a variety of topics to engage students across their academic careers at GW.

Certified as a program of excellence by the Conference on College Composition and Communication, UWP emphasizes the importance of writing in all academic, public and professional enterprises that require critical thinking and communication. The program also houses the GW Writing Center, offering year-round writing support to all GW undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.


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Oghene Oyiborhoro

Oghene Oyiborhoro

BA ‘09, History
Professor and Author

"My UW 1020 professor threw students right into the thick of things with great readings and daily philosophical conversations that struck at the heart of what it would mean if we met the fullest potential of our individual writing abilities."


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Writing Program News

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Writing Conference Features Alumni Roundtables

The UWP's spring University Writing and Research Conference spotlighted the work of over 20 former UW students as they presented research conducted in their fall 2020 UW1020 classes.

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GW Debate Hosts Challenges to Gender Equality Forum with Participation from UWP Professor Rachel Riedner

Professor Rachel Riedner (Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Professor of Writing and of WGSS) participated in this year's "Challenges to Gender Equality in 2021: an intern

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CWPA statement on Jan. 6 Events and the Importance of Writing & Rhetoric

The Council of Writing Program Administrators issued the following statement on January 12, in response to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.


Debate Director Weighs in on Muted Mics

Paul Hayes, GW debate director, argues that presidential debates are supposed to educate voters by allowing them to see how candidates perform in one of the campaign's few unmediated

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