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for students from all backgrounds and disciplines.


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.



What We Offer


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."


University Writing by the Numbers


Writing Program News

UWP Faculty, students, family and friends gathered to remember Kathy Larsen.

Storytelling event remembers Kathy Larsen

The UWP recently held a storytelling event on the Mount Vernon campus in memory of colleague and friend Kathy Larsen, who passed away in February.

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UWP professors win CCAS awards

Professors Randi Kristensen and Phil Troutman were recognized for excellence in teaching and mentoring by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences this spring.

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In Memoriam: Kathy Larsen

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of our colleague and friend Kathy Larsen, a teaching assistant professor of writing and scholar of fandom studies in the University Writing

Community Engaged Scholarship Student Panel Held at University Writing Conference

GW's University Writing Conference this semester (February 24-25) included a new student panel featuring community engaged scholarship projects.

Upcoming Events


LEGACY: Fifty Years of Dance on the Edge

On View: September 23–December 10; Weekdays: Wednesday-Sunday, 1–6 p.m.; Gala Weekend: October 7–8