About the Princeton Writing Program

The Princeton Writing Program teaches critical thinking, reading, and writing, with particular emphasis on the techniques of academic inquiry and analytical argument across the disciplines. Its four core initiatives are:

The Writing Seminars. Each year, the Princeton Writing Program offers over 100 Writing Seminars of 12 students each on a wide variety of topics, from Your Life in Numbers and The Politics of Nostalgia to Contagion and The Posthuman. Writing Seminars provide intensive instruction in college-level inquiry and argument, and introduce students to library research methods.

The Writing Center. The Writing Center offers all Princeton undergraduate and graduate students free one-on-one conferences with experienced fellow writers trained to consult on assignments and projects in any discipline. Students are welcome at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas and developing an argument to revising a draft.

Writing in Science and EngineeringThe Writing Program offers three 500 level half-term courses for graduate students and postdocs—WRI 501, Reading and Writing about the Scientific Literature;  WRI 502, Writing an Effective Proposal, and WRI 503, Writing a Research Article, which focuses on developing an article for publication in an academic journal.

Writing in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The Princeton Writing Program offers a half-term course on writing for publication in the qualitative Social Sciences and Humanities so that graduate students at any stage of their careers can develop the practices necessary for a productive, sustainable approach to research and success in their academic professions.

Writing Across the University.  The Writing Program offers consultations with faculty and graduate student instructors, resources for writers and teachers of writing, and programs in support of academic writing including dissertation boot camps.