Environmental Design Building
1060 18th Street
ENVD Rm. 1B60
317 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0001
(303) 492 8188 | pwr@colorado.edu


The Program for Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is an active community of teachers and scholars committed to making writing central to the undergraduate education of our students. We train students to think critically about reading and guide them to produce writing that effectively shapes and expresses ideas in any context—academic, civic, professional, or personal. Through small class sizes and intensive workshops that focus on substantive revision, our students refine and advance compositional and rhetorical skills that they will use inside and outside the classroom.

Teaching over 8,000 undergraduate students each year, the PWR is an autonomous unit in the College of Arts and Sciences and is responsible for campus-wide instruction in writing. The program coordinates and oversees all writing curricula and instruction intended to meet college and campus core requirements, including writing courses in specific disciplines and in targeted campus programs, such as CU’s Residential Academic Programs.

Old Main and Flatirons at CU campus in fall

Many of our faculty are actively involved within the program, across the campus, and in the Boulder community in innovative curriculum development that enhances the teaching of writing: