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First-year Writing Program

Writing satisfies a human need for expression and communication, and also for problem-solving, as anyone who has used writing to reflect on a vexing personal or professional problem knows. Writing is a meaning-making activity, one that nourishes and enriches people for the rest of their lives. The First Year Writing Program presents a range of courses and opportunities to engage, showcase, and support the writing development of the members of our academic community. The First-Year Writing Program at Montclair State University is a National Award-winning program that provides undergraduate students with coursework required to fulfill the University General Education Communication requirements in Writing. These courses introduce students to the academic discourse of the university community and include College Writing I (WRIT105) and College Writing II (WRIT106).

In order to support all WRIT students, the Department of Writing Studies houses the College Writing Studio, where students can consult with an undergraduate peer tutor about their writing projects. The peer tutors are well-versed in the First Year Writing and PPW curricula and offer a supportive and collaborative environment for talking about writing. Further, students and faculty have opportunities to experience Live Lit, readings by creative writers and performers of all genres. We welcome students, faculty, and community members to browse this site for resources and opportunities in support of writing and the teaching of writing and to also visit the Deep Down in the Classroom Blog and The Write Mode podcast for community discussion of all things writing.

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Exemplary Essay Awards

Congratulations to our most recent winners, Alexa Gallardo, Doha Elsayed, Natalie Angulo, and Mike Wasik.

Read the Winning Essays

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Director: Caroline Dadas
Associate Director: Jennifer Holly-Wells
Assistant Director: Bonnie Dowd [on leave Spring 2019]
Workshop Coordinator: Laura Field
Program Assistant: Phyllis Brooks