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Welcome! At Colby College, writing is a crucial component of the liberal arts education. Accordingly, the mission of the Colby Writing Program is to support a culture of writing that ensures Colby students can write effectively in multiple genres; choose the right style, medium, and evidence for the situation; and participate effectively in professional environments after college. Our overall goal is Colby graduates with distinguished abilities to communicate thoughtfully and skillfully in public forums, civic debates, and their professional lives.
We view writing not as a simple “skill” but rather as a complex, socially-situated practice that requires an understanding of audience, context, purpose, style, and genres to be effective. Writing is a way of learning and a means of communication.
At Colby, world-class faculty, staff, and peer tutors will help you to develop this rhetorical flexibility, adaptability, and analytical ability. In addition, through your major studies, you will become accomplished with the particular types of writing and research most important to your major.
Writing Across the Curriculum & Writing in the Disciplines
The Colby Writing Program is in the process of expanding the number of writing-intensive courses throughout the curriculum to engage students in repeated opportunities to improve their writing skills across all four years.
The first phase involves faculty members from all disciplines who have created first-year, writing-intensive courses guided by common understandings. These courses fulfill the W1 requirement for first-year students. The content of each W1 course reflects the field in which it is offered but differs from other courses within a department or program in terms of its writing intensity and the class time devoted to teaching writing and discussing student writing.
Phase two involves the development of upper-level, writing-intensive courses and additional pedagogical support for teaching writing in the disciplines.
The Writing Program also links Writing Fellows, peer writing tutors trained by the Farnham Writers’ Center, to writing-intensive classes.