Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

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The 2015 Writing Colloquium contest winners can be seen here.

The 18-hour Write-a-Thon will start at 2pm on April 26 and will continue until 8am April 27.

Writing Fellows, Write-On, and Speaking Fellows are closed for the summer.

Schedule a Writing and Speaking Center Appointment

Faculty across the College agree that mastery of the skills of written argument, including critical thinking, problem solving, organization of ideas, and clarity and power of expression, is of enormous importance both in academic work during residence in the College and in the world of work beyond the College. Writing is how we know what it is that we know, because our ability to explain a subject clearly and precisely is an ultimate test of having learned it. Writing enables us to persuade others of the truth, the utility, or the beauty of what we know, and in our writing we can make our ideas have an impact on the world at large.

At the University of Rochester, we are all writers. The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program leads the effort to build a strong community of writers, readers, and researchers, guided by advice from an interdisciplinary faculty committee. The program does this by teaching writing courses, advising writers, holding writing events, sponsoring an annual writing colloquium, providing support for writing in the majors, and providing a comfortable place to write.

Write-a-Thon 2015

Main Office and Writing and Speaking Center
Rush Rhees Library, G-121
(585) 273-3577
wsap@ur.rochester.edu

Additional Instructor Offices and Computer Lab
Rush Rhees Library 304 & G-138

EAPP Offices
Rush Rhees Library G-138

Fellows' Offices
Rush Rhees Library G-119
Susan B. Anthony Hall, Gates 166
Carlson Library, first floor

University of Rochester - Night to Write

Across the world, writers are writing together and writing better! International Write-In (#intlwritein) is a worldwide writing center initiative to provide college students with space and camaraderie as they write their final papers. This spring, University of Rochester will join colleges from across the country and hold its first Write-In event, “UR Night to Write,” hosted by the River Campus Libraries and the Writing and Speaking Center.

On Sunday, April 26, from 7pm until midnight, UR students can write together in the Hawkins Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Writers can drop in anytime and write as long as they would like. Snacks, coffee, and good company will help fuel productivity and fight end-of-semester procrastination. Research librarians and writing consultants will be on-hand to help and answer questions. There will also be prize giveaways and a space dedicated to taking breaks and relieving stress.

The goal of UR Night to Write is to provide a space to bring student writers together as they work. Students looking for one-on-one tutoring sessions can visit the Writing Fellows, who will be offering a concurrent all night tutoring “Write-a-Thon” on the ground floor of Rush Rhees, G119.

Don’t struggle in isolation with your final papers—come write with us at the UR Night to Write!!