First Year Writing

Awarded the 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication's Writing Program Certificate of Excellence

Committed to providing highly motivated students an outstanding education grounded in the liberal arts, First-Year Writing is a central component of the Binghamton University Writing Initiative. Our mission is to foster the academic and civic literacies essential for success at the university and beyond.

We offer students rigorous courses that meet a range of educational goals and faculty and graduate assistants an intensive mentoring program that supports state-of-the-art instruction.

For more on our sequence of first-year writing courses, see our links to the left. For additional information about our program and the founding of the Writing Initiative, read "Back to the Future: First-Year Writing in the Binghamton University Writing Initiative" in Composition Forum 21, or contact Dr. Paul Shovlin, Director, Writing Initiative and First-Year Writing.


Thomas is a sophomore English major and Korean language minor from Rochester, New York. He is new to the Writing Center this semester, and hopes to apply this experience as an English language teacher abroad. Thomas can't wait to share his passion for writing with other writers at Binghamton University. His other interests include listening to music, playing guitar, and reading.

Last Updated: 8/10/16