Writing instruction is an important part of any students’ undergraduate education. Writing helps students learn how to communicate in their disciplinary and professional communities and also reinforces new knowledge to create a more engaging learning environment. Writing Plans help faculty in majors plan when, where, and how students will have opportunities to write, which creates a cohesive writing experience for students.

More than one kind of writing relevant to the major
More than one opportunity to practice those kinds of writing
More than one audience or purpose
Feedback and opportunities to revise
Assessment of writing for continued improvement

Creating a Writing Plan

  1. A faculty representative from your department (e.g., an Undergraduate Program Officer) should schedule a consultation with the Director of University Writing and meet at least 9 working days before the next UWC meeting. Please email to schedule a consultation.
  2. The Director will work with you to compose a memo detailing preliminary ideas for your new major's writing plan, which will be forwarded to the University Writing Committee for review.
  3. Review the UWC's guide for new writing plans, which lays out two approaches to creating a writing plan and outlines the elements of a writing plan product. Our sample writing plans can also help you figure out how to get started.
  4. On a timeline of your choosing, submit a complete writing plan for UWC records.
UWC Date Consultation Deadline
September 1 August 23
October 13 October 4
November 10 November 1
January 19 January 10
February 23 February 14
March 23 March 14
April 13 April 4


If you would like to view current program writing plans, earlier program reports, or UWC reports to the University Senate, email

Last updated: 09/01/2022