Writing Project Courses

Students in courses that work with the Writing Project will meet with writing assistants to work on essays, papers, or lab reports.

After writing marginal and summary comments on the drafts, Writing Assistants meet with each writer to discuss the writer's ideas and ways to improve their presentation to a reader. After the conversation with the Assistant, the writer revises the paper before turning it in to the professor for further feedback and a grade. Writing Assistants have no role in grading the papers.

Writers in Writing Project courses are responsible for writing a serious draft and submitting it to the course instructor with a self-assessment form. They sign up for conferences and meet with their Writing Assistant as scheduled. After their conferences, they revise their papers in whatever ways they choose, proofread, and turn papers in to the course professor with the first draft and the completed self-assessment form.

Faculty members wishing to have Writing Assistants read and respond to papers for all students in one of their courses contact the interim director of the Writing Project, Meredith McCarroll (207-721-5056, mmccarro@bowdoin.edu), a few weeks before registration for that semester. They schedule draft and final dates for relevant assignments that allow time--normally ten days--for reading drafts, conducting conferences, and making thoughtful revisions. Faculty members who participate in the program require participation of all writers in their class, as they find that nearly all students benefit from the perspective of an attentive reader who is not a specialist in the field, as well as from the process of drafting, seeking feedback, and revising.

Writing Project Courses for Spring 2021

  • ART H 1021: Fake, Forged, Stolen, and Repatriated: Crimes Against Art – Dana Byrd
  • BIOL 1158/CHEM 1105/ENVS 2201: Perspectives in Environmental Science – Shana Steward Deeds
  • BIOL 2214: Comparative Animal and Human Physiology – Patsy Dickinson and Stephen Hauptman
  • DCS 1020: How to Read a Million Books – Crystal Hall
  • ENGL/GSWS 2109: Medieval Women Writers – Maggie Solberg
  • ENGL/AFST 2804: African American Literature and Visual Culture – Liz Muther
  • ENGL 2805: Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice – Meredith McCarroll
  • EOS 2525: Marine Biogeochemistry – Michele LaVigne and Elizabeth Halliday Walker
  • GOV 1600: Introduction to International Relations – Barbara Elias
  • PHIL 1037: Race, Society, and Identity Politics – Alberto Urquidez
  • PHYS 2140/DCS 2310: Big Data in Astrophysics and Cosmology – Jeff Hyde

Writing Project Courses for Fall 2020

  • ANTH 1101:  Intro to Cultural Anthropology - Willi Lempert
  • BIOL 2319:   Biology of Marine Organisms (laboratory) - Bethany Whalon
  • BIOL 2327:  Ecology - Shana Stewart Deeds
  • ENGL 2603:  African American Fiction: Humor and Resistance - Liz Muther
  • HIST 1321: Gotham: A History of New York City - Brian Purnell
  • SOC 1101 Section A:  Introduction to Sociology - Marcos López
  • SOC 2320:  Diversity in Higher Education - Ingrid Nelson