West Point Writing Program

Learning to communicate effectively with all audiences is at the heart of a West Point education, the very first of seven enumerated goals in its academic program. As a division of the Office of the Dean, the West Point Writing Program (WPWP) supports cadets and faculty in every discipline and department as they pursue this goal, in their writings as well as in their reading, listening, speaking, briefing, and critical thinking - all intrinsically related to each other.

Above all, by encouraging continuity and cohesion across the Academy's curriculum, the Writing Program ensures that West Point graduates are thoughtful, clear, and effective communicators prepared to answer the various demands of their professional environments and succeed as Army officers. 

Curriculum

The cross-curricular Writing Program develops all cadets as writers and communicators throughout every discipline and department at the Academy. More than forty courses are linked to the WPWP

Cadets begin with courses in general composition and progressively study more diverse, discipline- and profession-specific forms of communication, completing Signature Writing Events (SWEs) in every WPWP-linked course. 

Faculty teaching courses linked to the WPWP can find resources and up-to-date information in curated Sharepoint archives maintained by WPWP leadership.

Writing Fellows Program

Established in 2012, the Writing Fellows Program brings together cadets, faculty, and postgraduate scholars to research, experiment with, and ultimately contribute to high-level conversations about writing and communication.

Cadet Writing Fellows frequently hold key leadership positions in the Corps of Cadets and many go on to compete for prestigious post-graduate fellowships. 

Mounger Writing Center

Housed in USMA's library from its founding in 2013, the Mounger Writing Center sponsors one-on-one consultations, group workshops, and special events that support work on writing and communication projects for any academic course, personal interest, or professional opportunity.

See the cadet FAQ or faculty FAQ for more information about the features of these consultations. 

News & Events

Since 2019, the WPWP has leveraged its expertise in support of Army Talent Management Task Force's new Command Assessment Programs' argumentative and strategic writing assessments by designing, developing, and scoring written communication exercises. 

2020 saw the first two iterations of the Battalion Command Assessment Program (BCAP) and the inaugural Colonels Command Assessment Program (CCAP); more than 1800 officers completed the assessments, which included writing exercises. 

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