Spring 2020 Update

Critical Writing Seminars have resumed online via Zoom at their regularly scheduled Eastern Standard Times. Instructors will communicate connection directions to students. Please email your instructor or critwrit@writing.upenn.edu if you are experiencing difficulty with the seminar, techincal or otherwise.

Writing Center Open Online

The Writing Center will be conducting online appointments for the remainder of the Spring semester. See this guide for booking a remote session.

Click here to make a Writing Center appointment using our online scheduling system (upenn.mywconline.com). Undergraduate students should select the schedule titled "Undergraduate Tutoring: Spring 2020." Graduate students should select the schedule titled "Graduate Tutoring: Spring 2020."

For help with online appointments see this document. If you’re having technical difficulties or would like help with online appointments, please email tutorhelp@writing.upenn.edu or call 215-573-2729. Support is available:

  • Monday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday, 8:30AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, 3:00 - 9:00 PM

As part of Penn's Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW), the Critical Writing Program strengthens the university's deep commitment to developing and refining the critical thinking, writing, and collaborative skills of our undergraduate students. Dedicated to teaching writing and to creating a community of writers across schools and disciplines, the Critical Writing Program brings together a uniquely discipline-based writing curriculum with dynamic out-of-the-classroom writer's workshops, symposia and readings; student-centered literary projects and publications; world-renowned Writers House Fellows; and Penn Senior Writing Fellows, distinguished writers and scholars, nationally recruited.

The Critical Writing Program is a recipient of the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program Certificate of Excellence.

Penn undergraduates across all four schools fulfill their writing requirement through seminars offered by the Critical Writing Program. They continue to advance their skills by enrolling in a range of writing courses and opportunities affiliated with CPCW. Undergraduates receive additional writing support and feedback from peer and senior tutors in the Marks Family Writing Center.

Click here for a complete list of Critical Writing seminars.

Contact information

Critical Writing Program
Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
University of Pennsylvania
McNeil Building, Suite 110
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6121

Telephone: 215-573-2729
Fax: 215-573-8398
Email: critwrit@writing.upenn.edu

Critical Writing staff and faculty


  • Valerie Ross, Director
  • Brighid Kelly, Associate Director of Administration
  • Stacy Kastner, Associate Director of the Marks Family Writing Center
  • Matthew J. Osborn, Associate Director of Writing in the Disciplines
  • Jake Rutkowski, Assistant Director of Critical Writing


  • Lawrence Abbott, English
  • Jonathan Argaman, Political Science
  • Amy Brown, Anthropology
  • Sara Byala, History
  • Hannah Byland, Medieval Studies
  • Jo Ann Caplin, Cultural Studies and Criticism
  • Jean-Paul Cauvin, Philosophy
  • Michael Chiappini, English, Writing History and Theory
  • Amanda DiLodovico, Dance Studies
  • Phillip Fackler, Religious Studies
  • Jacob Friedman, Musicology
  • Uddipana Goswami, Sociology
  • Kristen Hipolit, Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Alison Howard, Comparative Literature
  • Helen Jeoung, Linguistics
  • Matt Johnson, Anthropology
  • Melissa Kapadia, Education
  • John Kehayias, Physics
  • Rafael Khachaturian, Political Science
  • Kathleen Kramer, Fine Arts
  • Shaleigh Kwok, Psychology
  • Aurora MacRae-Crerar, Biology
  • Patrick Manning, English
  • Julia McWilliams, Education
  • Adam Mohr, History and Sociology of Science
  • Samantha Oliver, Communication
  • Amy Paeth, English
  • Elizabeth Scheyder, Engineering and Education
  • Andrew Starner, Theater
  • Michelle Taransky, English
  • Jordan Taylor, Philosophy
  • Carolyn Trench, Art History
  • Fayyaz Vellani, Environmental Studies
  • Dana Walker, Information Science
  • Keahnan Washington, African American Studies & Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Patrick Wehner, Communications