The Center for Writing Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About the Center for Writing Studies

The Center for Writing Studies is an interdisciplinary academic unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that facilitates research and promotes graduate study in the areas of written composition, language, literacy, and rhetoric. Faculty and graduate students from several departments across the University comprise the Center and come together to attend courses, discuss teaching, share research, and participate in the Center's colloquia.

Graduate students who are interested in participating in CWS events and programs may become affiliated with the Center by sending an email indicating their interest to Paul Prior. For graduate students pursuing M.A. or Ph.D. degrees in participating departments, the Center offers a program leading to a concentration in Writing Studies. More information about the graduate concentration can be found here.

The Center's mission is to sustain a community of scholars in Writing Studies and to provide graduate students with opportunities to study various practices and discourses related to written communication.

For a list of the Center's graduates and placements, click here.