Public Writing

Public writing is writing for audiences outside the university. These audiences range from the broad readership of print journalism or new media to the more defined targets of a newsletter, a campaign, or a grant application.

Wesleyan offers courses in public communication, journalism, and community-engaged learning. The Writing Certificate bundles these courses together with creative writing classes in its program of study. Many project-based courses and capstones also incorporate elements of public writing such as websites and policy papers. In a larger, more philosophical sense, too, Wesleyan’s commitment to practical idealism keeps us focused on ways to act on, be inspired by, and communicate what we are learning in the classroom.

Events and programs about public writing are organized by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Fries Center for Global Studies, the Gordon Career Center, and the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing and Criticism.

To receive notices of Shapiro events, follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. To get involved in our Public Writing programs, contact Merve Emre at