University of Wisconsin–Madison


This statement is informed by research and scholarly conversations in writing studies, education, linguistics, and other related fields, and includes important professional principles that guide effective teaching with writing. It provides an excellent overview of current thinking about the teaching of writing. For the full document, visit:

1. Writing grows out of many purposes.

2. Writing is embedded in complex social relationships and their appropriate languages.

3. Composing occurs in different modalities and technologies.

4. Conventions of finished and edited texts are an important dimension of the relationship between writers and readers.

5. Everyone has the capacity to write; writing can be taught; and teachers can help students become better writers.

6. Writing is a process.

7. Writing is a tool for thinking.

8. Writing has a complex relationship to talk.

9. Writing and reading are related.

10. Assessment of writing involves complex, informed, human judgment.

11. Assessment of writing involves complex, informed, human judgment.