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Welcome to College Writing Programs (CWP)

CWP is the heart of writing instruction at UC Berkeley. We are university lecturers with advanced professional training in teaching writing.

We teach writing as a craft, and work with students at all levels of expertise, from those wishing to satisfy the university’s composition requirements, through intermediate writers looking to expand their horizons, to seasoned scribes who want to hone their skills in our upper-division courses. Our mission is to help you build confidence in your writing and enhance your ability to express rich ideas thoughtfully. Our philosophy of teaching includes small class size, careful attention to building your critical reading and thinking skills along with your writing, personalized attention, and a great deal of practice writing and revising. We’re proud to say that students frequently point to CWP courses and faculty as among the best they’ve had at Cal.


Have you done the exam?

AWP Exam

Fulfillment of the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement is a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley.

One way to fulfill that requirement is to pass the Analytical Writing Placement Examination.

Lower Division Courses

CW R4B - Reading, Composition, and Research

This writing seminar satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement.

CW 21 - Conflict Management for Academic Success

This advanced oral communications course is reserved for first-year international students who speak a first language other than English. Students learn and practice university level cross-cultural communication strategies to help them fully participate in academic life. 

CW 25AC - Reading in and about US Education Institutions

This course fulfills the American Cultures Requirement and is intended for international students, but all students are welcome.

CW 50AC - Researching Water in the West

This course examines the subject of water in California, a topic central to an understanding of California history.  The course fulfills the American Cultures Requirement.

Upper Division Courses

CW 106 - Intermediate Composition: Argument in the Disciplines

This course prepares students to write and analyze arguments in a range of academic disciplines, from the humanities and liberal arts, to the sciences and social sciences, and maintains the Argument at UC Berkeley website.

CW 130 - Introduction to the Craft of Creative Writing

This course in creative writing focuses on three genres: the personal essay, the short story, and the one-act play.

CW 161 - Writing in the Biological Sciences

Intended for both biology majors and non-majors, College Writing 161 provides students with a rhetorical framework for understanding the conventions of writing within the biological sciences to help them write more effectively for readers in biology, as well as for readers outside the field.


Multilingual Student Writers

The Symposium on Multilingual Student Writers addresses multilingual student needs in the writing classroom and provides teachers with hands-on approaches they can adapt for use in their specific educational settings.

Writing Community

Berkeley Writers at Work

The Berkeley Writers at Work series was begun in 1997 as a forum for campus writers of note to discuss their writing process. Research and teaching are the two primary goals of a large research university like Berkeley. Research is highlighted in many ways on this campus; to a lesser degree, so is teaching. However, writing itself—the primary way that faculty convey the results of their research—is rarely discussed.


R&C Colloquium Series

The R&C Colloquium Series is designed to examine issues of interest to R&C instructors at UC Berkeley.  All are invited to attend.

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College Writing Programs


University of California
112 Wheeler Hall #2500
Berkeley, CA 94720-2500

Hours: M-Th 8-2:30
Phone: (510) 642-5570
Fax: (510) 642-6963
Email: collegewriting@berkeley.edu

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