The Writing Program seeks to establish and support a strong culture of writing at The Claremont Colleges. Courses emphasize writing as a process that involves creative imagining, drafting, revision, public sharing, and then further revision. Writing faculty teach in a number of genres, including the academic essay, creative nonfiction, professional writing (grants and non-profit writing, journalism), and creative writing, and our Mary Routt Chair of Writing position brings a critically acclaimed writer to campus each spring to teach a workshop in his or her genre of choice. Small seminars create writing communities that extend beyond the classroom in forms such as public readings, student and faculty workshops, writing awards, and the student-edited literary magazine The Scripps Journal. The Writing Program offers the support and the individual attention necessary for students to express themselves with clarity, grace, and force.
Writing 50: Critical Analysis
Taken by all entering first-year students, Writing 50 is designed to develop excellence in student writing. Classes are small (around 15 students in each) and discussion-oriented so that students can regularly engage in serious oral and written discourse. Faculty members tailor instruction to individual students, providing feedback throughout the writing process and working with students to improve specific aspects of their writing. Students write and revise textual analysis essays and a research paper that demonstrate their formulation of a persuasive and logical argument, their skillful analysis of evidence to support ideas, and their understanding of audience. Minimum passing grade for this course is D (not including D-). You can find the Writing 50 Learning Outcomes statement here, and a grading rubric here.
Majoring or Minoring in Writing and Rhetoric
If you are interested in a major or minor in Writing and Rhetoric, please click here. All of the Claremont Colleges offer courses and/or major concentrations in Creative Writing (fiction and poetry), including the Scripps English Department. For this information, and for an up-to-date listing of events and readings, please see Creative Writing at the Claremont Colleges.