Spring 2023 Course Selection

To find the seminar best suited to you, please visit Choosing the Right Seminar.

See Course Descriptions for information and schedules for all Writing Seminars that fulfill Penn's undergraduate Writing Requirement.

If you have questions or concerns, please write us at crit‑writingsem@groups.sas.upenn.edu.

Writing Center Open for Spring 2023: January 11th — May 5th

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 2023." We do not have graduate writing tutors or coaches available at this time.

For graduate students seeking writing support, there are Learning Specialists at the Weingarten Center who can help with project management, academic writing strategies, and more. In addition, there are a number of opportunities for graduate students to connect with writing communities and support through the Graduate Center that may be of interest.

If you need immediate assistance, have technical difficulties, or would like help with online appointments, please email tutorhelp@writing.upenn.edu or call 215-573-2729. Support is available Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM; Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern).

The Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing 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 Penn's undergraduate schools, it brings together a uniquely discipline-based writing curriculum, dynamic workshops, symposia, student-centered projects and publications, and distinguished faculty.

The Center's Critical Writing Program is a recipient of the 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 Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing. Undergraduates receive additional writing support and feedback from peer and senior tutors in the Writing Center.

Click here for a complete list of Critical Writing Seminars.

Contact information

The Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
University of Pennsylvania
McNeil Building, Suite 110
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6121

Telephone: 215-573-2729
Fax: 215-573-8398
Email: crit-writingsem@groups.sas.upenn.edu

Critical Writing staff and faculty


  • Valerie Ross, Marks Family Senior Director
  • Matthew Osborn, Director, Critical Writing Program and Associate Director, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
  • Stacy Kastner, Director, Writing Center and Associate Director, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
  • Jake Rutkowski, Associate Director of Academic Administration
  • Kate Kolbusz, Assistant Director


  • Lawrence Abbott, English
  • Jonathan Argaman, Political Science
  • Fabian Arzuaga, Political Science
  • Sara Byala, History
  • Brian Cannon, History and South Asia 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
  • DaJuan Ferrell, Sociology
  • Jacob Friedman, Musicology
  • Kristen Hipolit, Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Timothy Holliday, History
  • Helen Jeoung, Linguistics
  • Jodi Johnson, English Literature and Creative Writing
  • Nick Joseph, English
  • Shelby Justl, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Melissa Kapadia, Education
  • John Kehayias, Physics
  • Rafael Khachaturian, Political Science
  • Kathleen Kramer, Fine Arts
  • Shaleigh Kwok, Psychology
  • Rebecca Lipperini, English
  • Aurora MacRae-Crerar, Biology
  • Patrick Manning, English
  • Julia McWilliams, Education
  • Adam Mohr, History and Sociology of Science
  • Amy Paeth, English
  • 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