General Studies Writing

Welcome to General Studies Writing (GSW), Bowling Green State University's first-year writing program.

GSW courses work in combination to provide students sustained, guided practice writing for a variety of academic audiences and purposes.

Our program consists of three dynamic courses on writing: GSW 1100: Intensive Introduction to Academic Writing, GSW 1110: Introduction to Academic Writing, and GSW 1120: Academic Writing.


GSW named the first recipient of the University's award for Pedagogical Recogniition

GSW faculty dedicate themselves to working closely with students, providing writers instructional support as they compose projects across multiple genres and modalities. We understand students who enter our courses are already writers. We also understand writing as an intellectual practice. As writers, we grow expertise--confidence and competence--by studying, creating, and revising text in conversation with other writers. GSW faculty invest in providing the writers with whom we work experiences that support continued writing development. 

Ongoing collaborations with the Learning Commons, STAC, and other campus partners allow GSW to provide students a range of learning opportunities--experiences that present writing as a dynamic means of understanding, connecting with, and affecting change in the many communities of which each of us is a member.

Have questions about General Studies Writing? Want to learn more about who we are and how we approach writing instruction? Please feel encouraged to contact us, or stop by 215 East Hall if you would like to learn more about our program.

Dr. Lee Nickoson, Director


News and Stories

WRIT Publishes Inaugural Issue

WRIT Publishes Inaugural Issue

We are excited to announce the inaugural publication of WRIT, a digital journal of our students' writing for GSW courses. WRIT features examples of works that represent a range of genres, voices, and approaches. With a rolling deadline, we encourage current students to submit for future issues. READ MORE

Submit Now!

Submit Now!

Fall 2017 GSW students are invited to submit a proposal to present at our Writing Showcase, taking place on October 20. We invite proposal submissions for individual and collaborative posters as well as posters designed in response to the 2017-18 common reading, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Deadline for submitting a poster proposal is October 6. READ MORE

National Day on Writing

National Day on Writing

Every October 20th, the National Council of Teachers of English celebrates National Day on Writing and General Studies Writing will be joining this celebration! The Writing Showcase will take place on October 20th from 4-6:30 pm. Follow us on Twitter and check Campus Updates for more events. READ MORE