Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, you’ll find commonly asked questions related to writing and writing instruction at the University of Georgia. If you have a questions that is not answered here, please email site creators Lindsey Harding (lharding@uga.edu) or Elizabeth Davis (eadavis@uga.edu).

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students of all majors and fields can enhance their degrees and gain valuable communication skills through dedicated writing coursework. To complete the certificate, participants will complete 19 hours of writing-specific courses, including “at least 1 course in writing, writing intensive courses, directed study/CURO courses (optional), and a 1 hour e-portfolio workshop” with a 2.0 GPA.

Yes! Various UGA organizations publish all genres of student writing.

  • Stillpoint Literary Magazine features creative poetry, prose, and visual art in both print and online publications.
  • The Classic Journal publishes research-based and critical undergraduate writing, such academic essays, research papers, projects, reviews, and other forms of scholarship and coursework.
  • The Red and Black reports journalistic news and opinion pieces by various student staff writers.

The Creative Writing Program at UGA hosts guest readings and literary events during the year, open to the entire university community.

Students interested in writing can pursue elective courses in the English Department, as well:

  • ENGL 3800W Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 3050 Intro to Poetry
  • ENGL 3610 Intro to Fiction
  • ENGL 4800W Advanced Creative Writing
  • ENGL 4832 Writing for the Web
  • ENGL 4837 Digital Storytelling.

The Franklin College Writing Intensive Program (WIP) supports a number of writing-intensive courses across the disciplines, including all introductory biology laboratory courses, as well as a wide variety of courses across the arts, humanities, and sciences ranging from introductory to capstone courses.

WIP courses aim to teach students that writing is a mode of learning and a process. Further, teaching writing in the discipline-specific classes means helping students learn the processes and conventions that shape academic writing in the disciplines.

These courses are available to undergraduate students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

The UGA Writing Center provides writing assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students in all fields, at all levels. Located in Park Hall and the Science Library, the staff offers appointments for any writing project at any stage, such as research essays, lab reports, graduate school applications, and more.

Graduate Students

In addition to the Writing Center, the GradsWrite Studio offers consultations for graduate student writers.

As well, the Department of Academic Enhancement offers writing tutoring for graduate students by online appointment and/or asynchronous.

Faculty & Instructors

Faculty in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences can apply to the Writing Intensive Program by proposing a potential writing-intensive course. The program is open to all disciplines and should “make writing important to the thinking of the course, give students opportunities to write in low-stakes and high-stakes situations, and engage students in conversations about writing.”

Each approved course received support in the form of funding for a graduate student from your field to serve as a trained writing coach for the course. Writing coaches facilitate successful writing experiences in and beyond class by providing feedback on student writing, assessing student writing, facilitating peer review, leading writing workshops, and creating resources for students. Course proposals are due in early March each spring for the following academic year.

As part of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Writing Fellows Program initiates discussion and resources for faculty to support student writing in various academic fields. The program awards each selected Writing Fellow with “$1,000 to subsidize projects aimed at constructing courses or initiatives that will support student writing at UGA.” Applications are accepted in late spring each year.