Writing Resources for
Departments, Teachers, & Students

College of Arts and Sciences Writing Support Measures

  1. 4x4i: A faculty writing design support program that invites departments to propose groups of up to four faculty to join with as many as three other departments (thus four total) to work together on designing (or redesigning) writing assignments that will have success with all students, native English speaking and non-native English speaking, with particular emphasis on working with international students. The 4x4i will meet four to five times over Winter and Spring quarters. For more information, contact John Webster at cicero@uw.edu.
  2. Multilingual Writing Design Learning Community: Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, learning communities are groups of 6-12 people who meet weekly for one quarter to discuss a particular teaching and learning topic. During Spring quarter, the Center will sponsor a learning community focused on design and management of writing assignments in a range of classroom environments, with added emphasis on working with international students. For information, see the CTL Learning Communities page.
  3. Departmental Seminars: Designed in collaboration with specific departments and led by faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program, we will provide departmental seminars/workshops to address discipline-specific issues in the design and management of writing assignments in upper division as well as lower division classes. For more information, contact John Webster at cicero@uw.edu.
  4. Interdisciplinary Writing Program (IWP): develops and supports writing classes linked to specific disciplinary course offerings in the humanities, social, and physical sciences. Here a department seeking stronger writing from their undergraduates will work to find ways to support writing links within their curriculum that could develop their students' writing, critical thinking, and communication skills within a departmentally-defined, disciplinary frame. For more information, contact Norman Wacker at nwacker@uw.edu.
  5. Targeted Tutoring: A multilingual-student support program run by the Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) that links small groups of three to five students from participating classes with an OWRC tutor for weekly writing- and research-based study groups throughout the quarter. For more information, contact Jenny Halpin or Peter Freeman at owrc@uw.edu.
  6. Self-service support via a re-launched UW Writes Writing-Integrated Course Design resource pages. Available to individual faculty as well as faculty groups, our new UW Writes Writing-Integrated Course Design resources provide links to writing design support information, model assignments, and selected scholarship in the field of Writing Studies.