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Student Writing Anthology

The Writing Program’s annual Student Writing Anthology, a required text in all Basic Writing and College Writing courses, celebrates the accomplishments of students enrolled in University of Massachusetts Amherst Basic Writing and College Writing courses. Published regularly, it rewards our student authors with public recognition at our annual Celebration of Writing, and it offers them an opportunity to have their voices heard beyond the walls of the classroom. Anthologized essays take a variety of forms: some explore and interpret the meaning of personal experience; others reflect on social, cultural, and historical issues; while many others prove that careful research and close reading not only provide data and expert opinion in support of a claim but result in new and revealing perspectives on the world.

Essays included in the Student Writing Anthology are nominated by teachers. If you’re a teacher of Basic or College Writing at UMass Amherst and are interested in submitting one or more student essays for possible inclusion in the Anthology, please send an email to with the name of the student, their email address, and the name of the assignment for which the essay was written. We will contact the student to ask for an electronic version of the essay, as well as an Anthology submission form.

The current edition of the Anthology, 2017-2018, is published by Hayden-McNeil (ISBN:9780738093284) and is for sale on Amazon.