Coming up in 2024:

TA training session on how to respond to student writing
Fall 2024

The WAC program will hold provide specific training sessions for TAs providing writing feedback to student writers during the first two weeks of the semester. Watch this space for updates on how to register. Contact for more information.

Writing intensive info session: "What is a wi course?"
Fall 2024

For instructors looking for more information on what constitutes Writing Intensive (WI) and how to incorporate best writing practices into your class. This will not be as immersive an experience as the WI Faculty Retreat, but will offer an overview of foundational information on effective writing pedagogy in the disciplines. 
Refreshments will be provided.
To be held some time in late September or early October, 2024 during a common exam hour time. Watch this space for updates on how to register.


Past Events: 

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Spring 2024 WAC guest speaker: Dr. Stephanie West-Puckett
“Gaming Assessment: Reclaiming Equity and Fairness in Classroom Evaluation.”

Date: April 16, 2024
Time: 12:40 - 2:00pm
Location: Memorial Union Building (MUB) Theatre II

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program's annual guest speaker event is pleased to bring in Dr. Stephanie West-Puckett this year. Stephanie is currently  Assistant Professor of Writing & Rhetoric and Director of First-Year Writing at the University of Rhode Island. She'll be visiting UNH in April to speak with faculty about writing assessment. Her talk will include discussion on alternative assessment practices to create richer understandings of what writing is, along with points regarding how faculty can use AI in writing assignments. 

Thank you to all who attended! 

the 2024 Writing-Invested Faculty Retreat

January 16 & 17 from 8am-4pm at the Browne Center in Durham, NH

Since 2015, the UNH Writing Program has invited applications for any faculty member invested in improving student writing in their courses to join this annual retreat and certificate program. (Priority given to writing-intensive course faculty). Retreat participants design or revise the writing elements in their course(s), then become part of the larger Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Faculty Network. Spaces available for up to 15 faculty participants. The retreat includes:

  • 2-day seminar at the Browne Center in Durham, NH
  • Breakfast & Lunch for 2 days
  • 2 follow-up lunch sessions at UNH (in May and Dec, 2024) to discuss progress of your work and continue the discussion of improving student writing
fireplace at browne center in durham nh


  • Learn current, research-based best practices to enhance student writing​
  • Understand and discuss the multiple roles of writing in the classroom ​
  • Create assignments aligned with the core competencies of your course
  • Discuss assessment and revision strategies​
  • Gain a network of writing-invested faculty colleagues at UNH 

Worth up to 4 CEITL points. 

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (WAC) "coffee and conversations" hour 
(formerly known as the wac faculty brown bags) - partnered with the ceitl

We invite you to join us for the Fall 2023 Coffee and Conversations event co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning and the UNH Writing Programs. This is an opportunity to meet with teaching colleagues, visit, and discuss topics such as pedagogy, learning activities, writing in your courses (whether you teach a writing intensive course or just want to discuss how to integrate writing into your curriculum), assessing the effectiveness of your teaching, and more. We also invite you to bring a department colleague with you to join in the teaching and learning conversations. Refreshments will be provided. Below are the event details:  

Date: Thursday, November 2nd2023 
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm  
Location: Conant Hall G02  

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English phd 50th anniversary celebration and conference

Friday, September 22 in Hamilton Smith Hall (first floor)
10:00am - 5:00pm, with an evening reception from 5:00-7:00pm. 

 The English Department is hosting a celebration and conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the awarding of our first PhD in 1972. English PhD alumuni/ae’s achievements and insights will be the centerpiece of the event. We plan an exhibit of alumni books, and some returning alums will participate in conversations about their work—in scholarship, administration, teaching, nonprofits, and other areas—and about the state of the humanities. The schedule will include roundtables featuring short alumni/ae talks in Hamilton Smith Hall 150 and will end with a reception at 5PM in Hamilton Smith Hall’s Atrium. This is an open event, and members of the UNH community are welcome to drop in and join the celebration.  
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Writing-Invested white mountain Faculty Retreat

 June 5-8, 2023 at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel: The UNH Writing Program hosts faculty members invested in improving student writing in their courses. (Priority given to writing-intensive course faculty). 8-10 participants design or revise the writing elements in their course(s). Includes lodging with lunches at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel (family members are welcome to accompany participants). Participants then become part of the larger Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Faculty Network

This annual event made possible by the generosity of the Dey Family Fund.

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North east writing centers association (newca) conference at UNH

"Unbound: the Un-CFP" 
Saturday, April 1 in the Memorial Union Building (MUB) 

Keynote address by Clarissa Walker, Rhode Island College

Founded in 1983, the Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA) is a regional affiliate of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). NEWCA has a long history of fostering collaboration among writing center practitioners and scholars throughout New England and New York. Members include administrators and staff of writing centers and persons interested in writing centers. NEWCA membership consists of, but is not limited to, individuals from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NEWCA is committed to ethical and just organizational practices that promote social justice and inclusion within our organization and our larger community, prioritize responsible management of our resources as a non-profit, and advocate for the development and flourishing of our membership and their centers. 

Spring 2023 WAC Guest Speaker: Dr. allison harper hitt

Tuesday, February 28 from 12:40 - 2:00p.m. on Zoom.

"Prioritizing Accessibility: Engaging in Inclusive Writing Instruction"

In higher education, there is a tendency to try to diagnose disabled students and default to accommodations rather than crafting more accessible pedagogical environments. Meeting students’ needs requires foregrounding accessibility in physical and digital spaces, curricular and programmatic design, and interactions with each other. This presentation will address how to design writing classrooms and curricula that are truly accessible, rather than simply accommodating of difference.

Dr. Hitt is the author of Rhetorics of Overcoming: Rewriting Narratives of Disability and Accessibility in Writing Studies. You can find out about her work on her website
Worth 1 CEITL point.
This annual event is made possible in part by the generosity of the Dey Family Fund.

CEITL Talk about teaching: "ChatGPT: What is it? Considerations for Embracing This Artificial Intelligence Technology in Your Course"

Wednesday, February 22 from 12:40 - 1:40p.m. in Conant Hall (Multipurpose room)

Catherine Overson, CEITL Director
Meaghan Dittrich, University Writing Programs Director

    • Lunch included - Lunch will be available beginning at 12:15pm
  • Worth 1 CEITL point.

Spring 2023 Talk About Teaching Session (recorded February 22, 2023):

  ChatGPT: What is it? Considerations for Embracing This Artificial Intelligence Technology in Your Course