Writing

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning is engaged in a number of initiatives to enhance Brown University students’ capacities for effective written communication. These initiatives are part of the Brown Learning Collaborative and include:

  • The Writing Fellows Program, the first in the nation, was founded in 1982. As peers, writing fellows collaborate with faculty in around a dozen courses each semester, serving student writers in those courses as sympathetic readers who provide informed, constructive criticism in order to help students strengthen the argumentation, analysis, organization, clarity, and style of papers. During their first semester in the program, all Fellows complete English 1190M: Teaching and Practice of Writing to help prepare them for their work. In the spirit of what is most unique and valuable about Brown, writing fellows and writers in courses ultimately do more than focus on writing: they shape their own and each other’s education.
  • The Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar offers faculty evidence-based practices for designing courses that integrate writing. Faculty participate in a year-long program devoted to the theory and practice of writing in the disciplines, often in partnership with graduate students or undergraduate writing fellows. Faculty receive a $2,000 grant to implement ideas developed in the program. Read a Brunonia article about this program.

Modules on responding to student writing are also incorporated into Sheridan new instructor orientations, and departments may request a customized workshop on this topic as well.

For more information about the Sheridan Center’s Writing initiatives, please contact sheridan_center@brown.edu.