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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, John Sheehy or Kyhl Lyndgaard.)


The current enrollment lists for writing seminars can be found here.  Please contact the instructors or come to the first class if you have questions.


Introductory sessions for the writing seminarswill take place on the morning of Wednesday, January 21.  Feel free to attend as many as you can.  The writing teachers are John Sheehy, Dalrymple 25; Gloria Biamonte, Dalrymple 24; and Kyhl Lyndgaard, Science 111. Please be sure to come to the intro course if you're really interested in the class.

Writing Seminars (click links below for syllabi and other information)

Crime and Punishment (Sheehy)

  • T-Th 10:00 - 11:20, D38
  • Intro Course:  Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. D38

The Art of the Essay (Biamonte)

  • M-W 11:30 - 12:50, D42
  • Intro Course:  Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., D33E

Other Writing Courses

Writing and the Teaching of Writing (Lyndgaard)

  • M-Th, 1:30 - 2:50, Library 202
  • Intro Course:  Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Library 202

Designated Writing Courses for Spring 2015



Marlboro's Writer's Block Handling Sources: style guide for research and documentation at Marlboro