The Center for the Study of Writing (CSW) was imagined (in 2009) as a flexible, cross-disciplinary center that would foster connections between innovative writing research and sound pedagogical practices, and between specialized faculty expertise and the needs and interests of aspiring undergraduate and graduate students.  As of 2017, the activities and programming envisioned as part of the CSW have been incorporated into the initial phases of Writers House, an exciting new venture that – quite literally – puts writing on the map!  CWRU’s historic Bellflower Hall now houses the operations of the Writing Resource Center as well as the nascent Writers House.

Writing Week

From 2009-2013, the Center for the Study of Writing hosted an ambitious week-long celebration of writing in its diverse forms and practices.

(Please note that links in the following PDFs of archived schedules no longer lead to active web pages.)

Edward S. and Melinda Melton Sadar Lecture in Writing in the Disciplines

Established by an endowment gift in 2009, the Sadar Lecture in Writing in the Disciplnes has been our annual showcase of scholarly engagement with the theories, histories, economies, and geographies of writing. Descriptions of the lectures can be found on our Sadar Lecture Archive page.

Arts & Sciences (formerly Andrew W. Mellon) Dissertation Seminar

Biannually since 1996 this program has been funding up to 12 graduate students at an early stage of work on the dissertation to participate in a semester-long seminar devoted to discussion of one another’s dissertation work and of the questions of method and purpose raised by “humanistic” scholarship more broadly. For more information, please visit the Arts & Sciences Dissertation Seminar page.

Additional Programming & Activities

A gift from Jackson McHenry (Adelbert ’52) helped create a campus-wide prize that recognizes excellent teachers of undergraduate writers, awarded for the first time in Spring 2010. For more about the teaching awards sponsored by the Center for the Study of Writing, please visit the Teaching Awards page.

Support from the SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) Program helps to underwrite the Celebration of Student Writing & Research and established an award acknowledging outstanding Consultants in the University’s Writing Resource Center (WRC), awarded for the first time in Spring 2009.

Thank you to our Center for the Study of Writing Donors!

  • Anonymous
  • Dixon Long, Ph.D. (Dean Emeritus, Western Reserve College; Professor Emeritus, Political Science, CWRU)
  • Marilyn McCulloch (FSM ’50)
  • Jackson McHenry (ADL ’52)
  • Edward S. Sadar, M.D. (ADL ’64, SOM ’68), & Melinda Melton Sadar (FSM ’66)
  • Sharon Schnall (MBA’87) & Dr. R. Drew Sellers (EMBA’08)
  • Eric Winter, M.D. (CWR’90, GRS’91, MD’98)