In 1986-87, Lafayette experiments with an interdisciplinary writing program, designed to help students write effectively in their upper level courses and using trained student peer reviewers, known as Writing Associates (WAs).  Formalized as the College Writing Program (CWP) under the direction of Professor Patricia Donahue, the program is now integrated into the curriculum across the College with more than 50 WAs working with 750 students each semester.  The Marquis continues to represent literary Lafayette, but the student press flourishes with new journals—AYA and The McKelvy Papers–and a flurry of provocatively named alternative newspapers—The Vid, The Toilet Paper, Blunt, and Marooned.  Professor Lee Upton is named the College’s first writer-in-residence in 1998.  Talented student writers are already published authors by the time they graduate.

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