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  Recent writing studies minor graduate Genoveva Vega, along with Liliana Silva-Vazquez (writing studies minor and writing center consultant, ’22 and current MA student in...
Calling all creative writers! Come read with us at the Inaugural LitFest!
Camfield's "Stand Up Comedy? Seriously!" class performs again!
Dr. Yiran Xu, Dr. Jiajun Liang, and their team launch the linguistic landscape research project
Congratulations to Dr. Emily Johston, New Directions Fellowship Awardee!

Writing Studies

Writing Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the role of literacy in shaping who we are and the world around us. In Writing Studies at UC Merced, we explore how a wide range of “writing”—from print-based genres, creative writing, and professional documents to digital technologies, generative A.I., and even live performance—can offer us access to self-knowledge, sense of belonging, agency, and social impact.

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Writing Studies Major & Minor

Writing courses train students in academic discourse and provide them with extensive opportunities for professional development within and across the disciplines. Emphasizing writing as a process, writing minor courses offer challenging curricula that develop students' abilities to research, synthesize, and innovate.

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Featured News

May 22, 2024

Genoveva Vega (writing studies minor and writing center consultant, ’23 and current MA student in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition at Washington State) will be a 2024...

May 3, 2024

  Six talented students from Dr. Eileen Camfield’s Standup Comedy (WRI 122) class brought laughter and applause to the GAMWS showcase this week. The performers, Aliyah George, Itzel...

March 21, 2024

Dr. Emily Rónay Johnston, an Assistant Teaching Professor in Writing Studies, has been awarded a grant through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will be spending 2024-25 on a "New...