Writing is an essential tool to have. Whether a student is majoring in education, business, math or
engineering, the ability to write correctly is a skill that everyone should learn well because writing is
important in every industry. Auburn University and the Miller Writing Center have started an initiative
to implement writing on a university level.
“We want to integrate writing into all the courses and colleges on campus,” said Alyssa Pratt, a graduate
assistant employed be the Auburn University Writing Center. “It is so important for our students to be
able to communicate effectively when they graduate and writing is definitely a part of that.”
In 2008, the Writing Initiative Task Force or WITF proposed a writing program that focused on fostering
changes in Auburn’s learning culture, according to the program’s mission statement.
The WITF is comprised on faculty representatives from each college, the Head of the Department of
English, a representative from the Faculty Senate and a Student Government Association representative.
Their goal is to see that all students at Auburn University have adequate writing experience, which they
hope will help prepare students for the world outside of college.
“It is out hope with this initiative is that students will gain the practice and experience they need to
compete in the competitive job market,” explained Pratt. “ We want to give students as much practice in
writing as they need before they enter the work force because writing is so important in any industry.”
Currently, it is up to each department how they implement writing in the classroom, but the WITF is there
to help should anybody need it.
“We realized that writing isn’t going to be everybody’s strong suit,” said Pratt. “Like anything, writing
takes practice. It’s a process that develops each time you do an assignment. If you feel you need help,
take advantage of the resources Auburn has by coming to the writing center.”
The Miller Writing Center has multiple locations on campus including the Learning Commons located on the
second floor of RBD Library and in Haley Center in room 3408. Appointments can be made for a tutoring
session if desired.
Think about how much the average person writes. You write e-mails, letters and chances are you are
probably going to have to write and correspond with people through writing in your future career. Auburn
is helping students get the experience and practice needed now.
For more information on the Auburn Writing Initiative or on the Miller Writing Center, please visit