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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, or Bronwen Tate)


The Preliminary Writing Workshop will take place on Monday, August 27, from 9:00 to 10:30 am in Dalrymple 38. (See your Orientation Packet or talk to your Peer Advisor about where to meet.)


Introductory sessions for the writing seminars will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 1 (August 28 & 29). Attend as many intro classes as you can. This fall, Writing Seminars will be offered by faculty in Philosophy, Biology, Literature, and Writing. Returning writing faculty (Dalrymple 25, Bronwen Tate (office D24) and Gloria Biamonte, Dalrymple 22B) are happy to answer any questions you might have. Please be sure to come to the intro course if you’re really interested in the class, even if you’re already registered.


(click links below for syllabi and other information.
Note: the instructors are still putting syllabi together. Check back often for details.)

Writing Seminar: The Art of the Essay (Biamonte)

  • W-F, 11:30 am - 12:50 pm, Dalrymple 43
  • Intro class: Tuesday, 12:00 pm, D43

Writing Seminar: To Instruct and Delight: Theories and Practices of Reading (Tate)

  • T - Th 10:00 am - 11:20 pm, Dalrymple 33E
  • Intro class: Tuesday, 1:00 pm, D33E

Writing Seminar: Narratives of Trauma and Witnessing (Mitra)

  • M - W 11:30 am - 12:50 pm, Dalrymple 34
  • Intro class: Tuesday, 2:00 pm, D34

Writing Seminar: Classical Moral Theory and Contemporary Science (Edelglass)

  • M -W, 11:30 am - 12:50 pm, Dalrymple 42
  • Intro class: Tuesday, 1:30 pm, D42

Writing Seminar: Biology of Social Issues (Tanner)

  • M-W-F 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, Science 221
  • Intro class: Tuesday, 12:30 pm, Sci 221





(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)