Welcome to the Department of Writing

Department Chair Patricia Clark

I'm delighted to welcome visitors to our web page who are interested in the writing major. Rich opportunities await anyone choosing this major from working as a web designer, writing a novel, or becoming an editor, to designing documents, finding a job in publishing, or collaborating on a play. Our curriculum builds flexible skills to help you in many entry-level positions and to serve you for a life full of learning, reading, and writing. The Writing Department curriculum is among the most progressive in the country, offering unique opportunities for you to shape the 42 credits of the writing major

The Writing Department affords many additional opportunities to round out a major or minor in Writing. We have a vibrant student reading series, a student-run literary journal, a bi-annual student-written department newsletter, and clubs and organizations dedicated exclusively to writing. The department hosts one of West Michigans best visiting writer series in which we invite professional authors to visit courses, host discussions and craft talks, and deliver all-campus readings of their work. Recent visiting authors have included Roxane Gay, David Shields, and Steven Johnson, to name a few. Finally, our Distinction in Writing program encourages you to pursue extra-curricular activities to set you apart as a writer and young professional by gaining expertise in such areas as writing for publication, for performance, and in off-campus communities.

-- Patricia Clark, Writing Department Chair


Learn about the Distinction in Writing program in this video created by GVSU Writing majors Jacqueline Bull, Shelby Christie and Johvan Calvo


Dawn Nagelkirk

The Writing Department office is available to help whenever you need it.

Please feel free to call (616-331-3411) or stop by (326 LOH) and talk with Dawn Nagelkirk or one of the student assistants.

News and Events

Department Hosts First Annual Writing Program Advisory Board Visit

Department Hosts First Annual Writing Program Advisory Board Visit

The Writing Department will be hosting an all-day visit for our newly formed advisory board on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Great Lakes: Image & Word

Great Lakes: Image & Word

Professor Clark in the Writing Dept co-curated a collaborative art & poetry show with Virginia Jenkins, Chair of the Department of Art & Design.

Marcia Aldrich Visits GVSU

Marcia Aldrich Visits GVSU

On October 1 Marcia Aldrich, author of the books Girl Rearing and Companion to an Untold Story, visited Grand Valley.

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