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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.


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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."


University Writing by the Numbers


Writing Program News

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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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Robin Marcus Recognized for Innovative Teaching

Robin Marcus, a veteran teaching professor of writing in UWP, was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2020 Robert W. Kenny Prize for Innovation in Teaching of Introductory Courses. The prize is a well-deserved recognition of Marcus’s commitment to teaching and to her students, including her recent work employing antiracist labor-based grading in the classroom
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Student Writers Explore 'New World' in UW Class

How has the COVID-19 crisis changed the world for students and their families? First-year students in Assistant Professor of Writing Christy J. Zink’s seminar shared their journal reflections on the challenges of living in the current world, from confronting fears to finding new inspirations.

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