Department of Writing

Bachelor of Arts

Jack Wang, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Writing offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to foster clarity and creativity in expression, as well as to develop expertise in various writing styles and genres. It provides instruction in first-year writing for entering students, advanced study in expository, creative, and professional writing, and a 21-credit minor for students in diverse disciplines. The B.A. in writing offers serious writers guidance and experience in a range of genres; students may also elect to complete a concentration in creative writing, nonfiction, feature writing, or professional writing. The major, which blends theory and practice, prepares students for graduate study, professional positions, and careers in writing.

Writing Center

The Department of Writing operates the Writing Center, located in 107 Smiddy Hall. It offers individual and small group tutorials on a referred or self-selected basis to students needing assistance in any stage of the writing process. Other services include help with reading comprehension and study skills and with refining English skills for nonnative speakers. The Writing Center Annex in Smiddy 109 is available in the evenings as a computer lab for students working on writing assignments.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

Every semester The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series brings writers of national standing to campus in the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. In addition to giving public readings, visiting writers teach a 1-credit multi-genre master class that includes individual conferences with students. Admission to the class is by application only.

Internship Program in Writing & Publishing

Writing juniors and seniors may intern at more than 50 sites in the Ithaca area throughout the year. Our program assists students in locating internships both locally or through the New York City and London programs during the academic year and at diverse sites across the U.S. during the summer months.


The Department of Writing offers a special opportunity to students interested in writing and graphic arts to publish Stillwater, an annual magazine of poetry, prose, photography, and art. The students who staff the publication make all editorial selections and do layout, publicity, and production. Submissions are open to the entire College community.

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