Welcome! The Department of English is home to a variety of writing programs designed to support first-year through doctoral students interested in growing expertise with writing. Our programs benefit from enrolling students from a range of disciplines and from across the globe. BGSU writing programs are responsive to 21st Century literacies and focus on building theoretical and practical considerations of how writing works in the academic, professional, civic, and social world(s) students navigate. Our faculty understand writing as power and that, whether shared on a notepad or a screen, words matter deeply.
Students who enroll in our courses are challenged to build rhetorical, critical, and practical literacies through seminar and workshop-oriented coursework. And because studying writing as a meaningful, impactful, change-based intellectual activity cannot be limited to the classroom, we grow co-curricular opportunities to practice writing together: WRIT, University Writing Program Semi-Annual Showcase, Cross-Cultural Conversation Connection, a Game Space Learning Laboratory, and 21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference are a few of the many ways our programs celebrate writing in practice.
University Writing Program Journal celebrates student work
UWP is excited to share the second issue of WRIT, a digital journal of students' writing for UWP courses. The first two issues of WRIT feature 20 alphabetic and digital works by UWP students in 1110 and 1120. These works represent a range of genres, voices, and approaches. To date, WRIT has received 173 submissions. With a rolling deadline, WRIT welcomes additional submissions this semester and is especially interested in publishing the exceptional work coming from UWP 1100 classes. Learn more about this program.
News and Stories
WRIT: Journal of First-Year Writing
Volume 4, Issue 1 (2021) is released! 2020-2021 were insurmountably challenging, and this issue features two pieces on mental and physical health and one piece on the exploitation of Black athletes. These topics mirror larger issues that affected-- and continue to affect-- all students. Read the issue!
21st Century Englishes Conference
The call for proposals (CFP) and registration for the 2021 21st Century Englishes Conference is now live!
The 21st Century Englishes Conference is hosted by the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, Bowling Green State University’s (BGSU) Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America, and BGSU’s Rhetoric & Writing Ph.D. Program. It is sponsored by BGSU’s English Department. Learn more about the 2021 conference!