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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).

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 for community discussion of all things writing.

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Exemplary Essay Awards

Read our students’ award winning essays.

Read the Winning Essays

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Multimodal Gallery

Check out notable student multimodal projects.

View the Winning Projects

Schmitt Hall 222

Director: Caroline Dadas

Associate Director: Jazmine Thompson

Assistant Director: Liz Martin

Program Assistant: email for assistance