“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 also understand that writing takes many different forms in different subject areas. Our goal is to help students become the best writers they can in whatever field they are studying.

A student’s experience with academic writing begins with a required First-Year Writing course. Students can choose from among a wide range of topics in selecting their courses. 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 handling evidence, analysis, and argument well. Students master these important skills and learn to write with a sense of purpose in their First-Year Writing courses.

The Writing Program administers First-Year Writing courses, offers a small selection of upper-level writing courses, and provides tutoring in writing. For information on creative writing, see the link on the English Department webpage.


Watch the video on the new Writing 201 course!