Writing Program

Students reading an article
Students listening to discussions in the classroom
Students listening to the lecturer in the classroom
Students listening to discussions in the classroom

“Writing is an exploration. You start with nothing and learn as you go.”

                                                                                            —E.L. Doctorow

We are proud of the writing instruction we offer students at Wellesley. We view writing as central to academic inquiry and as fundamental to cultivating scholarly community. We encourage students to see writing as a powerful tool of thought and expression, and as a means of engaging with and influencing the world.

A student’s experience with academic writing at Wellesley begins with a required First-Year Writing course. Each First-Year Writing course offers substantive instruction in a content area coupled with intensive instruction in writing and revision. Writing at the college level requires skillful handling of evidence, analysis, argument, and structure. Writing faculty are committed to helping Wellesley students develop these skills and gain confidence as they exercise their voice.

The Writing Program administers First-Year Writing courses and an intensive writing workshop, WRIT 201. The Writing Program also offers a small selection of upper-level writing courses, and it operates the writing tutor program.

For information about creative writing courses, see the link on the English Department webpage.