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Writing in the Disciplines Program

UVM WID: Writing at UVM

Writing at UVM

Writing is an important part of both student and faculty work at The University of Vermont. UVM provides writing experiences for students in first-year writing courses and writing-intensive academic programs, and promotes a campus-wide culture of writing through programs that support and develop student writing.

The Writing in the Disciplines Program

The WID Program at UVM contributes to developing and sustaining a vibrant writing culture on campus through faculty development. WID partners with departments and programs in identifying how writing can be central to achieving learning outcomes for their majors, and provides personalized consultations and open programming for faculty and graduate students interested in thinking about the ways writing works in their teaching.

The Writing Center

At the Writing Center, trained peer tutors work to engage writers in a dialogue that will meet their immediate goals and also help them develop as writers. Students can come at any stage of the writing process, either individually or in groups. Since many writers benefit from talking through their ideas, we see students with all levels of writing ability, from introductory and upper-level classes.

The Green Mountain Writing Project at UVM

The The Green Mountain Writing Project at UVM (GMWP-VT), is part of a national professional development network for teachers in all subjects from kindergarten through college. GMWP-VT is housed in UVM’s College of Education and Social Services; it sponsors a summer institute and a variety of activities through the school year. The GMWP-VT’s mission is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation’s schools.

First-Year Writing

Starting with the Fall 2014 semester, all incoming students at the University of Vermont will take one of three courses—ENGS 1, HCOL 85, or a TAP seminar—designed to promote four foundational goals: rhetorical discernment, critical reading, substantive revision, and information literacy. The FYW&IL Program, housed with Writing in the Disciplines and the UVM Writing Center in Bailey/Howe Library, provides guidance and support for faculty teaching FYW&IL courses, including through annual First–Year Writing Institutes, and annual assessment to gauge how foundational goals are being met and what further support is needed.

Programs of Study in Writing

While every major or minor at UVM offers students opportunities to learn about writing, students who are interested in focusing on writing might consider majors, minors or courses in the following areas:

  • English: Creative Writing, Expository Writing, and Creative Nonfiction
  • Community Development and Applied Economics: Public Communication and Consumer and Advertising
  • Education: Theory and methods courses address issues of literacy

Student Writing

The following publications and forums feature work by UVM students:

  • Vantage Point is an RSO publication of student writing and visual art, including fiction, essays, poetry, photography, and painting
  • The Vermont Cynic is a student-run print and online weekly newspaper, and one of UVM's largest RSOs
  • The Watertower "UVM's alternative news mag"
  • Student Research Conference is a one-day forum featuring oral presentations and posters of graduate student research projects
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