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The Thompson Writing Program 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 published every October, 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.


The National Day on Writing (October 20) is a day to celebrate writing in all its diverse forms. Campuses around the country are finding ways to recognize how we write, when we write, why we write, and what we write. The TWP at Duke University is also finding ways to encourage people to talk about their writing and writing practices, as well as provide opportunities for people to write on that day.

TWP Fellowship

We anticipate offering several postdoctoral fellowships on a multidisciplinary faculty charged with teaching an innovative first-year course in Academic Writing.  We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in any field and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching.  Fellows are asked to draw on their disciplinary training and interests to design a seminar-style course introducing students to academic writing. 

The application period will begin September 1, 2014 and will end October 1, 2014.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


Visit the Language Art + 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.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Click here to read the second issue of Duke Writes, with articles including:

  • Director's Note about the LAMP Initiative
  • Overview of the Duke Reader Project
  • Towards a Legible Anthropology
  • Fresh Voices: The Family Story Project
  • 2013 Deliberations Colloquium
  • Top 10 Considerations for Public Scholarship

First-Year Writing

Writing 101 (20): 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, from consulting on assignment design or developing a new W-coded course 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 emphasizes cultivating multidisciplinary communities of writers to advance faculty writing and conversations about writing and research across the curriculum.

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TWP faculty writing together