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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 contact 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. 


Dr. Elkie Burnside Joins the UMass Writing Program as Assistant Director

March 15, 2021

As of September 2020, the Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts is pleased to welcome Dr. Elkie Burnside as Assistant Director. Dr. Burnside holds a Ph.D. in English (Composition and...

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,...

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Taste and Smell poem by Rachel Smith

"Taste and Smell" by Rachel Smith

March 13th, 2020 was the last day we met our College Writing and Writing, Power, & Identity courses on campus.  A year later, the Writing Program staff are compiling accounts of what teaching and learning have been like during this past pandemic year. Entries of texts, videos, and visual art will be compiled into a larger publication to mark the moment that we are living and working in. For more information, find the formal call for submissions here

Read "Taste and Smell," a poetry submission for Marking the Moment, by Rachel Smith. 

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