The UConn First-Year Writing (FYW) Program prepares students to become versatile writers, setting them up for success in college and beyond.

Information for Students

Information for Instructors

About First-Year Writing

All UConn undergraduate students must take a first-year writing course as part of their general education requirements. The First-Year Writing Program administers these courses, trains instructors, and develops new teaching methods.

We offer first-year seminars in composition and studio sessions that promote active learning and collaboration. Our courses emphasize the development of writing across disciplines. Students get exposure to different writing styles and platforms, from traditional to new digital media.

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By the Numbers


Sections of ENGL 1007 offered per semester


Average class size


Students enroll in first-year writing courses per year

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Find an Instructor

Browse a list of our course instructors at the Storrs and regional campuses.
Instructor Directory

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Course Placement

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Students work on laptops in class with a professor advises them.

Classroom Activities

First-year writing students learn by doing and engage in hands-on experiences.
Explore Activities


Ask @UConnFYW: Letters of Recommendation

During the spring semester, FYW began a new social media initiative called Ask @UConnFYW to create a space for informal dialogue and information exchange across our community. Our first post solicited questions and comments about letters of recommendation.  Now, check out responses to those questions from Ellen Carillo, Professor of English and Writing Coordinator at the […]

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Welcome from new Assistant Director, Marie Nour Nakhle

Hello, FYW Community! I am thrilled to be taking on the position of First-Year Writing Assistant Director for the next two years, and I’m looking forward to working closely with all the members of our wonderful community.  I want to start by giving a big thank you to Luisana. I have to admit, I am […]

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UConn Waterbury Students’ Bad Ideas About Writing

by Ellen C. Carillo On February 29, on the Waterbury campus, I hosted an event titled “Bad Ideas About Writing Live!” The event featured the writing of students in ENGL 2013W: Introduction to Writing Studies. Students developed their own “bad idea about writing” and presented them before an audience comprised of staff, students, and OLLI […]

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