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    During this challenging time, we want to assure students that our staff continues to work remotely, supporting students and instructors as they complete their semester online. Please email us with any questions.

    Since 1982, we have been an independent academic unit serving the entire campus community and remain a key part of undergraduate general education here at the University of Massachusetts. Our award-winning program's mission is to help students at UMass Amherst acquire the writing skills they need in their courses, their careers, and their lives in general. 


2020 Charles Moran Best Text Contest Winners

April 22, 2020

The winners of the 2020 Charles Moran Best Text Contest have been announced! This work was completed in one of the UMass writing courses (College Writing, Junior Year Writing, or Writing, Identity,...

Writing Program Spring Symposium Examines ‘Writing Vulnerabilities and Contemplative Practices’ in the Classroom

January 16, 2020

The Writing Program's Spring Symposium and General Meeting was held on January 17, 2020 at the Old Chapel.  This year’s Symposium guest speaker was Dr. Tara Pauliny. The Symposium workshop was...

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On Oct. 11, Dr. Shawna Shapiro, Associate Professor at Middlebury College and Director of their Writing & Rhetoric Program, spoke on the challenges and best practices for supporting multilingual students in our courses. Dr. Shapiro's research focuses on high-school-to-college transitions for immigrant and refugee students, as well as on curricular innovation to include multilingual/ESL students. This event was part of the "Supporting Linguistic Diversity at UMass" Mellon Mutual Mentoring Team, organized by Dr. Rebecca Lorimer-Leonard, Dr. Anne Bello, and Dr. Anna Rita Napoleone.

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