Writing | UW-Superior

Writing and Library Science Department

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Swenson Hall 3061
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

ph. 715-394-8195

Writing and Library Science Department

Fact Sheet Details


UW-Superior's Writing Program is a multi-faceted program that offers:

  • Developmental Writing (WRIT 099)
  • Core courses in writing (WRIT 101 and WRIT 102)
  • Business and Professional Writing (required for some majors)
  • General education courses
  • Writing minor
  • Writing major

Our Approach

The best writers take risks. The best writers seek feedback. The best writers can write rhetorically - for every occasion. These are some of the values of our Writing Program. In small, workshop-style classes, students can expect to read widely, brainstorm, draft, give and get feedback, and revise in an encouraging and inventive atmosphere. Equal parts hard work and inspiration allow students in the Writing Program to develop their skills and craft for writing in college and beyond.

What will you write?

Variety is an important word in the Writing Program; we want writers to stretch out of their comfort zones. Read and research something new. Write in a way you haven't before. Use a new-to-you technology. Consider the variety of writing projects in a few of our courses:

  • Dramatic scenes, staged and read by your classmates (in Intro to Creative Writing)
  • An investigative report on language controversies (in English Grammar)
  • Researched creative nonfiction essays on conservation (in Nature Writing)
  • Journaling techniques with residents of a women's shelter (in Writing Women, Women Writing)
  • E-portfolios showcasing your work (in Senior Capstone)

Who are the teachers?

Instructors in the Writing Program are active, published writers in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and academic research. They have worked as professional writers, technical writers, and grant writers. They are trained in student-centered teaching and offer individualized feedback on your writing in every class - really! Get to know these instructors by name because they will certainly come to know yours.

Degrees and Majors/Minors

Major: Writing
Minor: Writing

Program Highlights

  • Small classes where the professors know your name
  • Individualized feedback on your writing in every class
  • Collaborative classes and projects
  • Opportunities to write for local organizations through Academic Service-Learning
  • Primary research through interviews, archival work, and nature exploration 
  • Practice in a range of writing genres: poetry, fiction, travel writing and more
Co-Curricular Opportunities

In addition to our curriculum, the Writing Program offers and supports co-curricular activities on campus for student writers, including:

  • Twice-annual Visiting Writers Series
  • Careers in Writing Night
  • The Nemadji Review

What can you do with a minor in Writing from UW-Superior?

Employers continue to rank writing as a top skill they expect from college graduates (Kay, 2011). Undergraduate coursework in writing can lead to a variety of pursuits, including graduate study, technical writing, editing and publishing, and publication of your own writing. Careers pertaining to writing also include:

  • Creative writer
  • Technical writer
  • Editor
  • Public relations specialist
  • Journalist
  • Freelance writer
  • Magazine writer
  • Copy editor
  • Multimedia and new media writer/editor
  • Magazine writer
  • Book reviewer
  • Publications coordinator
  • Publisher's representative
Declare Yourself!

Whether you want to publish your poetry, prepare for research and writing at the graduate-school level, or hone your knowledge of grammar and editing, you will find your foundation in the Writing Program at UW-Superior.

We invite you to visit

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A campus visit offers an opportunity to tour our campus and meet with an Admissions counselor. We can arrange for you to meet a professor and visit a class in any area you choose.

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