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CAS Award of Distinction

Marx and Wallace Award

Writing Program Senior Lecturers  William Marx and Anthony Wallace have received a College of Arts & Sciences Award for Distinction in First-Year Undergraduate Education.

This award is highly competitive and goes annually to a CAS teacher (or in this case, teachers) demonstrating extraordinary dedication and effectiveness in the classroom, with special emphasis on distinctive contributions to the quality of the undergraduate First Year Experience. Bill and Tony received the award for their superior classroom teaching and, especially, for their years of work with the Theatare Now and Arts Now initiatives.

Marisa Milanese Wins Metcalf Award

Writing Program Senior Lecturer Marisa Milanese has won a prestigious Metcalf Award. This BU Today article profiles her teaching.

BRAWN Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing

Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3, 2012
at the College of General Studies, Boston University
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

A free Institute for Boston-area teachers of college writing who want to learn about trends and issues in the field, engage with current scholarship, augment their teaching strategies, and develop their professional networks.

The Institute will consist of a series of interactive, hands-on workshops facilitated by local composition scholars, with readings distributed in advance. Participants will choose four 2-hour workshops to attend over the first two days; two plenary sessions will “book-end” the institute. Topics will include argumentation, revising, new media, teaching with portfolios, writing centers and writing conferencing, writing across the curriculum, teacher research, multilingual writers, and academic integrity. Facilitators include John Brereton, Nancy Sommers, Chris Gallagher, Joe Bizup, Neal Lerner, Christiane Donahue, Cinthia Gannett, Stephen Sutherland, Suzanne Lane, and others.

For more information, please see the BRAWN Summer Institute Announcement.

Christina Luke in Research Magazine

Writing Program lecturer Christina Luke is featured in the latest edition of BU’s Research Magazine. The article, which you can read here,  discusses the role Luke’s WR 150 writing seminar played in inspiring an undergraduate to study looting and its impact on cultural heritage as part of the Central Lydia Archaeological Survey project.

Alumni Association Awards for Writing Excellence

The College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting nominations for its prestigious Alumni Association Awards for Writing Excellence.  Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes four outstanding student papers:  two in the Humanities, one in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and one in the Social Sciences.  Awards are $500 each.  The deadline for submission is April 20, 2012. Students are welcome to nominate themselves, with support of a faculty member.  Faculty members are also encouraged to nominate their best student writers.  Criteria for submission of written work are as follows:

  • The paper must be the work of a graduating CAS senior, written for a CAS course during either the junior or senior year.
  • A chapter from Work for Distinction that can be read independently of the complete work is an acceptable submission even if it has not yet received a grade.
  • Submissions should be 10-25 pages in length.
  • Submissions must be expository, analytical, or research papers.  Works of creative writing are not eligible.
  • Papers written by two students are eligible, as long as research and writing were shared equally between the authors.
  • Submissions must appear as they were submitted originally for a grade.

Submissions should include one clean copy and, if possible, one copy with the instructor’s grade and comments.  Final decisions will be made by a committee of Writing Program faculty members.  Winners will be recognized at the Class Day ceremony on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Download a nomination form

Book a Tutoring Appointment

Tutors are available for all CAS WR classes. Appointments can be booked online.

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Fall 2015 Graduate Writing Fellowships

The Writing Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015 Graduate Writing Fellowships.

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Spring Catalog

The Spring 2015 Writing Program catalog is now available.
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