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Lauren Holly, Jason Tham, Antoni Grgurovic sitting at a desk with writing materials and glowing monitors

On Purpose: Portrait of Writing Studies

Writing is a fundamental human activity that is rhetorical, social, global, and technological. To write is to define the world around us and create knowledge with others. In the Department of Writing Studies, we examine ways that writing is applied in the world—how it is shaped rhetorically, how it reflects meaning, and how it generates action within and among communities. We examine writing studies as a discipline involving past, present, and future.