Writing Program

Writing Program

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.

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.

Writing Support

Peer Tutors

The Writing Center offers peer tutoring — tutoring in writing of a Scripps student by a Scripps student who has been trained in Writing Center Pedagogy — at all stages in the writing process. Students visit the Center Tutors to figure out what an assignment question is asking them to do, test out ideas, work on organizing their thoughts, get feedback on the content of a draft, smooth out or strengthen the thesis statement, go over revisions, or learn how to edit their own work.

Writing Workshops

Writing Associates Adam Novy and Pam Bromley offer a range of workshops for any students to take, although they offer some workshops that are designed to support students in the Core Humanities sequence.

Multilingual Student Support

Writing Associate Pam Bromley provides individual consultations for students for whom English is an additional language. Her specialized feedback can help students develop a broad range of strategic tools for effective communication in the US academic context, with sessions focusing on any aspect of writing in English, from disambiguating sentence-level language to unpacking organizational choices to developing research strategies or engaging audience expectations. Pam has a CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and more than a decade of experience in writing center pedagogy. If you are interested in meeting with Pam, please email to arrange an appointment, or drop by the Writing Center (Hum 231) on Mondays and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Marie McSpadden Sands Writing Awards

Established by Dave and John Sands in 1997 to remember their mother and the importance she placed on writing well, this endowed scholarship helps to recognize excellence in first-year student writing at Scripps College. At the conclusion of each fall semester, a Core I and Writing Program faculty committee and the Dean of Faculty select up to three students whose essays exemplify the highest level of achievement in Core I to receive Sands Essay Awards. The awards take the form of a partial scholarship for the winners’ sophomore year at Scripps College. The award-winning essays are printed in the next edition of the Scripps College Journal, Scripps’ literary and arts magazine.

Mary Routt Chair of Writing

The Mary Routt Chair of Creative Writing and Journalism was made possible by a donation from journalist Mary Patterson Routt, who was a member of the first board of trustees for Scripps College, serving in that capacity from 1926 to 1965 and playing an active role in the development of the college. Her donation allows the Writing Program to invite a nationally recognized professional writer to campus each spring, where that writer will teach a semester-long course of their choice, deliver public presentations, and arrange for other acclaimed writers to visit campus for readings. Please click the link for more information about writers who have held the Mary Routt Chair of Writing.


Lecture at Scripps

From time to time, the Writing Program has vacancies available for Part-Time Lecturers. For more information, please contact the Writing Program Assistant at (909) 607-3250.


Scripps Faculty

Kimberly Drake
Associate Professor of Writing
Chair, Department of Writing
Adviser in the Environmental Analysis Non-Science Tracks

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Glenn Simshaw
Assistant Professor of Writing
Director, Writing Center

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