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The Thompson Writing Program (TWP) promotes excellence in teaching with a focus on active learning and writing as a means of critical inquiry.  It is widely acknowledged to be one of the premier academic writing programs in the country.  Our instructional model is imitated and the leadership of the program are in demand as consultants for writing and general education curricula.

Thompson Writing Program Annual Events

The Thompson Writing Program (TWP) helps students develop as writers from their first through senior years at Duke, and supports faculty who teach writing in a wide range of courses across the curriculum. We do this in several ways:


Deliberations, the TWP's journal of first-year writing, is published every October. The journal features original student essays from the previous year's first-year writing classes. During Family Weekend, the authors discuss their projects at a reception honoring their work.

Deliberations: A Journal of First-Year Writing at Duke University is now accepting submissions for our 2015 issue.  We invite submissions of student writing, of any type or length, from any  2014-2015 Writing 101 course for consideration.The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 8, 2015 at 5:00PM.  Please send your submissions here.


The National Day on Writing (October 20) is a day to celebrate writing in all its diverse forms. Campuses around the country plans activities that explore how we write, when we write, why we write, and what we write. The TWP invents a new prompt every year, then encourages people from across the Duke community to talk about their writing and writing practices.

Branches of the Thompson Writing Program

First-Year Writing

Writing 101: Academic Writing is a one-semester course taken during the first year by all Duke University undergraduate students.

Writing Studio

The Writing Studio offers Duke University undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to meet with trained writing tutors to discuss individual writing concerns.

Writing in the Disciplines

The primary aim of the Writing in the Disciplines program is to support our faculty in all aspects of their work with student writing. This includes consulting on assignment design to developing new W-coded courses to offering workshops on giving feedback and grading.

Faculty Write Program

The Faculty Write Program focuses on faculty-as-writers and aims to reinvigorate commitments to writing and teaching writing at Duke. The program cultivates multidisciplinary communities of writers to advance faculty writing and conversations about writing and research across the curriculum.

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Click here to view the Spring 2015 issue of Duke Writes, Newsletter of the Thompson Writing Program.  This issue contains an article about Vicki Russell, Founding Director of the Writing Studio, Writing 101, Civic Engagement and the upcoming event  What’s Your Story?


Visit the Language, Arts + Media Program website to find blog posts, resources, and more information about how the TWP aims to spark dialogue across Duke regarding the opportunities and responsibilities of teaching undergraduates in a digital age.

TWP Fellowship

The application is now closed

Thank you for your interest in the Thompson Writing Program.

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