Department of Writing Studies

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Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota

Writing is at the center of almost all forms of communication in our digital society. Despite claims to the contrary, people today are actually doing more writing than ever before. Increasingly, we use our phones not to talk but to type. Conversations and meetings have given way to texts and emails. Updates about politics, breaking news, scientific discoveries, and new technologies happen via social media posts. All of this information circulates rapidly across communities, cultures, and countries. In this way, writing in the 21st century is global, social, and digital.

Our collaboration with Writing Studies aims to combine theory and practice in writing, communication, rhetoric, and digital media. WRC researchers and students examine the social, legal, ethical, and political implications of writing and communication related to areas such as science, environment, technology, and workplace practices.