Our mission is to lead students to a deep appreciation of literature and the quality of writing which ensures its beauty and endurance.
In keeping with its emphasis on written expression, the department offers a variety of courses in creative and expository writing. Courses in creative writing use literary study, workshops, and individual conferences to help student poets, novelists and playwrights understand the creative process and create afresh imagined worlds that delight, disturb, and challenge. Courses in the Writing Competency Program employ rhetorical and pedagogical strategies to ensure that Hartwick students graduate knowing how to write well. The Writing Center works in concert with writing and literature courses and across the disciplines, helping students from all majors achieve skill, precision, and grace in their writing.