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Washington State University Writing Program

The WSU Writing Program is nationally acclaimed and for more than twenty-five years has provided time-tested and innovative instructional theories and practices to teach, tutor, and assess writing.

The Writing Program assesses student writing in the form of the Writing Placement Process and the University Writing Portfolio, provides individualized and small-group writing support to students through the Graduate and Undergraduate Writing Centers, and offers support and resources to faculty teaching writing in the Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines initiatives. Use the menu to navigate through our site to learn more about each of these branches of the Writing Program.

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Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) 305
509-335-7959   /  writing.program@wsu.edu

Writing Program Honors

WSU’s Writing Program is ranked among the top in the nation by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report “BestColleges” list. WSU has been included on this list every year for well over a decade.

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Writing Program News

  • WSU Writing Program Presents Impact Awards to Five Students

    Jelani Christopher, Brianna Halter, Josh Latella, Ally Pang, and Taija Williams-Adams received Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Writing Center Initiatives. The awards represent praise for their “tremendous impact on the center and its clients, and for keeping the program steady and effective.”

    PULLMAN, Wash.—Five Washington State University students received Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Writing Center Initiatives, praising their “tremendous impact on the center and its clients, and for keeping the program steady and effective.”

    Presented by Writing Program Director Lisa Johnson Shull and Writing Center Director Brooklyn Walter, the undergraduate Writing Center consultants … » More …

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  • Graduate Writing Center Consultant Richard Shafer Lands Fulbright

    Richard Shafer, consultant and editor for the Washington State University Graduate Writing Center, has received a Fulbright Fellowship—his second—to establish a similar writing center at the Kabale University School of Medicine in western Uganda.

    Shafer will also lecture and conduct science and medical writing seminars and workshops there beginning in January.

    “The dissemination of scientific and medical research is critical to human health and well being worldwide,” said Shafer. “Graduate student and faculty researchers can be assisted to disseminate their results effectively through improved writing and editing skills. Those are fostered by the … » More …

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  • WSU WORD! Fellows inspire faculty to teach writing in their disciplines

    Pullman, Wash.—Eleven Washington State University faculty members are at work on special plans for the coming year: assigning and evaluating their students’ writing assignments in new ways.

    As invited participants in the inaugural WORD! Faculty Fellowship Program—called “Word! Fellows”—the professors spent 12 weeks as learners themselves. In weekly workshop sessions, the experienced educators from several disciplines—most of whom teach large classes—were challenged to think about how to help students write as members in their disciplines.

    They discussed topics such as how to incorporate wonder and play into writing assignments, the difference between observation and evaluation during assessment, and how to support students’ … » More …

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