Distinguished Public Lecture & Award

The University Writing Center organizes an annual public lecture series each spring with a distinguished writer who reflects the mission of the center. In addition to the public lecture, opportunities for student's to participate in reading groups and research presentations will be organized. 

2021 Distinguished Public Lecturer:

Nancy Duarte, CEO & Principal of Duarte, Inc., the largest communication firm in Silicon Valley. Details about the spring event coming soon. 

Nancy Duarte


President's Award for Excellence in Writing

With the generous support from the Office of the President, this award was established to encourage students in all departments to achieve the highest possible standards in written expression. Each spring, President Ellis presents the award, which includes $500 to the winner, $300 to the first runner-up, and $200 to any second runner-up. 

Look for details about the award and instructions on how to apply each spring semester.

For a list of past award recipients, see here.


Community Service Hours

Coming soon. If you have writing-related community service projects that you would like to propose, contact the Director who is eager to partner with students, staff, and faculty who want to serve our local communities through writing. Future project ideas include summer writing camps, writing in prisons, tutoring for at-risk youth, creative writing workshops, and more.