At Colby College, writing is a crucial component of a 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 successfully in professional environments after college. We view writing not as a simple skill but rather as a complex practice that requires an understanding of audience, context, purpose, research, and genres to be effective. Writing is both a way of learning and a means of communication.
At Colby, faculty, staff, and peer tutors help students to develop this rhetorical flexibility, adaptability, and analytical ability. In addition, through their major studies, students will become accomplished in the particular types of writing and research most important to their majors.
Writing Across the Curriculum and in the Disciplines
The Colby Writing Program (CWP) offers writing courses (designated EN or WP in the catalogue), and our staff supports the development of writing-intensive courses and pedagogy in all departments and programs to give students multiple opportunities to improve their writing across all four years.
The Writing Program’s development began with the creation of first-year, writing-intensive courses guided by common understandings and student learning outcomes written by Colby faculty. These courses fulfill the first-year writing requirement (W1).
At the upper level, the Colby Writing Program works with faculty in all four academic divisions to develop upper-level, writing-intensive courses (designated W2 and W3 in the catalogue). The CWP also works with whole departments/programs to develop writing plans for infusing writing throughout the majors. The writing forms, skills, and practices in these courses and plans reflect the departments and programs in which they are offered.
The Writing Program also links writing fellows, peer writing tutors trained by the Farnham Writers’ Center, to writing-intensive classes.