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First-year Writing Program

Writing satisfies a deeply 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 an activity more than a skill, one that nourishes and enriches educated 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 and Reading. These courses introduce students to the academic discourse of the university community and include College Writing I (WRIT105) and College Writing II (WRIT106). Further, students and faculty have many 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 First-Year Writing Program Blog for community discussion of all things writing.

Exemplary Essay Awards

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

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Schmitt Hall 138

Director: Caroline Dadas
Associate Director: Jennifer Holly-Wells
Assistant Director: Bonnie Dowd [on leave Spring 2019]

Workshop Coordinator: Laura Field
Program Assistant: Phyllis Brooks

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