Writing at Gustavus

Make Your Words Count

At Gustavus, we write to express ourselves and to communicate with other people. We write for class, we write on the job, we see writing as activism and art. We write because we’re human. And we make our words count.

Academic Writing

Our students write in every major, from Physics to Philosophy. Our Writing Across the Curriculum program, one of the first in the United States, ensures that all students complete at least three designated WRIT courses before they graduate, learning to write in at least two different departments. We welcome students with a writing intensive or "WRITI" First Term Seminar or Three Crowns course, and support them with a thriving Writing Center staffed by undergraduate student tutors from across the disciplines. Our students collaborate with their professors on Digital Humanities projects in Confer-Vickner and co-author articles with their faculty mentors in Nobel Hall. 

Creative Writing
Gustavus is home to a thriving community of writers where students and faculty produce and publish work. Many Gustavus alumni become authors themselves. From literary icon Bill Holm ('65) to environmentally conscious essayist Sue Leaf ('75), Gustavus graduates write long after they leave the hill. Our student literary magazine, Firethorne, publishes the very best literary works and art, and while we can't officially take credit for it, The Fourth Crown just might be written by Gustavus students. We offer introductory and advanced level courses in writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction in the English department, and students can write plays in the Department of Theatre and Dance, or screenplays and short films via our Film and Media Studies courses. 
Writing Center

The Writing Center is the place where students go for help and advice. All writers benefit from talking about their work, and peer tutors at the Writing Center help writers at all stages—planning, drafting, revising, and editing. The staff members offer one-on-one sessions in a variety of campus locations, but the shiny, new Writing Center space in Anderson 104 deserves a visit--there's great art! Best of all, the Writing Center operates when students write: during the evenings. (During the day, faculty members may gather there to share ideas for Writing Across the Curriculum or "WAC" courses.)

Gusties Write
We celebrate what writers do and the spaces where writing happens at Gustavus. When students submit excellent writing, faculty members want to share that work. Gusties Write features faculty-nominated work from WRITI and WRITD (and soon, from WRITL!) courses across the curriculum. Check it out to read great papers, learn about each writer's process and what makes the work excellent. Gusties Write shows what Writing Across the Curriculum looks like in practice. Coming soon: Gusties Write will feature stories about new projects published by current and retired Gustavus authors, like Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, Professor Philip Bryant (learn more about his new book, The Promised Land), and links to Gustavus alumni authors, including National Book Award Finalist and Gustavus English professor and alum Matt Rasmussen ('98).
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