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Clear Writing Program

The Clear Writing Program covers a range of nonfiction writing, from academic exposition to journalism and creative nonfiction.  In any genre, clear writing engenders and reflects clear thinking; it is thus a skill essential to obtaining a Marlboro education.

The College requires all incoming students to demonstrate writing skill sufficient to successful progress through courses and tutorials toward the Plan of Concentration. Students meet this requirement by presenting a 4,000-word portfolio of clear, concise, grammatical expository writing to the faculty within two semesters of matriculation (with exceptions as noted in The Handbook).

Meeting the Clear Writing Requirement is only a first step towards achieving the level of writing that is required for a Plan of Concentration. Students who have met the Writing Requirement are expected to take at least one course each semester that requires substantial writing --see Designated Writing Courses below --in preparation for work on Plan. Courses are offered every year, which can help students develop skills at all levels. (If you have questions about the Clear Writing Portfolio or the Writing Requirement generally, please ask any of the writing instructors:  Gloria Biamonte or John Sheehy)


The Preliminary Writing Workshop will take place on Sunday, January 15, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Please see your orientation schedule for your location.


Introductory sessions for the writing seminarswill take place on Wednesday and Thursday (January 19 and 20).  Attend as many intro classes as you can.  The writing teachers are John Sheehy, Dalrymple 25, and Gloria Biamonte, Dalrymple 22B Please be sure to come to the intro course if you're really interested in the class, even if you're already registered.

WRITING SEMINARS (click links below for syllabi and other information)

Writing the First People (Sheehy)

  • T-Th 10:00 - 11:20, Dalrymple 38
  • Intro class:  Thursday, 9:30, D38

The Art of the Essay (Biamonte)

  • W-F 11:30 - 12:50, D42
  • Intro class:  Wednesday, 10:00, D43





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