Writing Program

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 develop their writing and research abilities to become successful communicators in academic, personal, and, ultimately, professional environments after college.

The Writing Program is an academic program that draws on many disciplines, most notably the field of rhetoric and composition studies, which brings together writing and communications pedagogy, rhetorical theory, and research in writing across disciplines. The Writing Program is responsible for coordinating and assessing first-year writing (W1); helping faculty develop upper-level writing in the majors and across the curriculum; offering faculty development around writing-related pedagogy and research; providing support for multilingual students through individual consultations and work with faculty; and, through the Farnham Writers’ Center, providing student peer-to-peer writing tutoring and faculty support.

Colby Writing Program faculty teach writing courses at varied levels, with a particular focus on first-year writing. For more information, please see the “Colby Writing Program” and “Farnham Writers’ Center” sections of the catalogue or visit the program website, colby.edu/writingprogram.


Director, Stacey Sheriff

Program Affiliated Faculty: Assistant Professors Ghada Gherwash (Farnham Writers’ Center Director, Writing Program, and English), Carl Schlachte (Writing Program), Stacey Sheriff (Writing Program and English), and Chaoran Wang (Multilingual Writing Specialist, Writing Program); Senior Lecturers Elizabeth Ketner (Writing Program), Carolyn Megan (Writing Program), and Elisabeth Stokes (Writing Program)