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Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing

Do you dread writing assignments? Do you love them? Are you looking to improve your writing skills in a meaningful way that reaches audiences beyond the classroom? Do you want to create a portfolio of work that will help you get internship and jobs?  

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you should consider taking a Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing. Calderwood Seminars are small-group, interdisciplinary courses that enable students to learn how to communicate academic knowledge to broader audiences and become familiar with different genres of public writing, including op-eds, features, profiles, and blog posts. 

Regardless of your writing skills, Calderwood Seminars provide students with wonderful opportunities to improve their writing and take it to the next level. 

What to Expect

  • Get detailed feedback on your work and learn how to give effective feedback. 
  • Learn to translate complex information effectively to a non-academic audience. 
  • Develop a voice that opens the door for your writing to make a difference in the world. 

These workshop-style courses will strengthen your writing, editing, and revision skills. Calderwoods are fast-paced, rigorous, and intensely rewarding. You’ll see a difference in your writing almost immediately as you write with more authority on important topics. In a Calderwood Seminar, you’ll learn quickly how central public writing is to success in life beyond college. And you’ll gain skills that will establish you as a leader in future internships and jobs. 

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Embrace feedback from your peers

“Before I took a Calderwood, feedback on any paper seemed like torture. Now I look forward to receiving any feedback because I know my final piece of work is always something I can be proud of.”

—Maya Ward, Current Clark Honors College 3+3 Law Program Student


Calderwood Seminars for Academic Year 2024-2025

Fall Term 2024
Winter Term 2025

Calderwood Seminars for Academic Year 2023-2024

Winter Term 2024
Spring Term 2024

Offered TBD
HC444H/431H: The Justice System Today (Michael Moffitt)
HC 444H/421H: Translating Environmental Justice (Catalina de Onís)
HC 444H/431H: A House Divided: US in the 1860s (Tim Williams)
HC 444H/431H: Writing for Social Justice (Carol Stabile)


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Improve your writing, draft by draft

“The Calderwood Seminars taught me that multiple drafts are not only important, but are absolutely necessary for well-developed writing.”

—Ethan Scott, Clark Honors College Class of ‘23