World of Writing

The World of Writing is a program designed to welcome new writers, poets, and storytellers into the lively and diverse University at Albany writing community. Host campus for the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany is also home to a number of active writing groups, clubs, publications and events, and World of Writing freshmen will be introduced to faculty and peers who are passionate about writing and want to share that passion in a community of fellow writers.   

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As a member of an L-LC, you will have a built-in community of friends and colleagues right from the start by living in the same hall and taking classes together! 

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: "Learn the ropes" from peers selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you remain an engaged member of your L-LC througout your freshman year, you could be a World Ambassador your sophomore year too! 

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upper-class/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Mentor: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the traditional classroom setting! Attend weekly meals with your lead faculty members!
World of Writing Lead Faculty: Professors Jil Hanifan and Paul Grondahl
Weekly L-LC Dinner: Mondays 5:35 - 6:30 PM

Academic Advisor: Cassandra Andrusz-Ho Ching

World Representatives: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as your World's Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC in October to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of Writing is open to all incoming freshmen and will explore ways to encourage creative invention, disciplined creation, positive collaborations, and visionary projects -- all essential qualities for any career path! This L-LC is a particularly good choice for freshmen interested in fields requiring flexible and creative thinking, media literacy, and expertise in writing and communication.

What does the World of Writing do?

The World of Writing will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year and attend co-curricular events together.

Fall 2020 L-LC Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of Writing
English 102Z: Introduction to Creative Writing

Spring 2021 L-LC Courses
Writing and Critical Inquiry
English 350: Contemporary Writers at Work

Examples of co-curricular events:

  • Informal writing workshops in your residence hall
  • Lectures and class presentations from contemporary authors at the New York State Writers Institute
  • Participation in Arch: an e-journal of Undergraduate Creative Writing and Art as a member of the editorial board or even as a published contributor!
  • Introductions to the various student writing clubs and groups that meet regularly on campus
Alumni of the World of Writing go on to do amazing things! Click here to check out some of their publications in Arch Journal!