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Writing Resources for Students

The multi-semester writing curriculum at University of Massachusetts Amherst is a fundamental part of students' general education. The Writing Program's courses emphasize critical thinking and communication, reading and writing about plural perspectives, developing research skills, and becoming self-reflective about one's learning and writing processes. Our award-winning curriculum helps students grow and stretch themselves not only as college writers, but as writers engaged with the world within and outside of UMass Amherst. Curricula and assignments in Writing, Identity, & Power; College Writing; and Junior Year Writing are designed to expose students to the conventions of academic writing and also for the writing demands in students' personal, professional, and civic lives. As a result, the Writing Program emphasizes that writing is a communicative act that always occurs within a particular context, and so classes give students the chance to practice writing for different purposes, in multiple contexts (both inside and outside the classroom), and within specific disciplines.