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"I chose WRTC as my major because it allows me to write and gain necessary experience needed for my future career. Writing has always been a passion of mine, so WRTC just seemed to fit. WRTC not only allows you to write but it also teaches you so many skills that other majors do not offer. WRTC courses teach students how to write and edit while learning skills for graphic and document design. The skills we take away from WRTC courses will definitely benefit us after our graduation day."

-Kerryn Dupont


WRTC Day: April 18, 2014

A day to learn about the WRTC undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as hear from alumni about internships, job searches and more!

Alumni Web
A WRTC-sponsored website for alumni.The site offers alumni a place to reconnect with their classmates and learn about the new features of the department.

Friendly City Readings
The Friendly City Readings is the visiting writers series of the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication at James Madison University. The series hosts writers who represent the rhetorical diversity of contemporary writing, and seeks to promote awareness of writing as a viable profession across academic disciplines. All readings are free and open to the general public.



WRTC's Friendly City Readings Series is pleased to present acclaimed nature writer and environmental advocate, Katie Fallon. She is coming to James Madison University to read from her work in Taylor Hall, Room 404, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday October 29th.

A finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Cente's Reed Award, Cerulean Blues describes the plight of the cerulean warbler, a tiny migratory songbird, and its struggle to survive in ever-shrinking bands of suitable habitat. This elusive creature, a favorite among bird watchers and the fastest-declining warbler species in the United States, has lost 3% of its total population each year since 1966. This precipitous decline means that today there are 80% fewer ceruleans than 40 years ago, and their numbers continue to drop due to threats including deforestation, global warming, and an ecologically devastating practice--mountaintop removal coal mining--that affects not only the cerulean warbler but all residents of the Appalachian mountains, including humans.

With both scientific rigor and a sense of wonder, Fallon leads readers on a journey of more than two thousand miles--from the top of the forest canopy in the ancient mountains of Appalachia to a coffee plantation near troubled Bogota, Colombia--and shows how the fate of a creature weighing less than an ounce is vitally linked to our own.

Cerulean Blues will appeal to nature lovers, bird watchers, actual and armchair adventurers, and anyone interested in the health and future of our planet.

Graduate Student Symposium
Each April, WRTC sponsors a Graduate Student Symposium focused on the broad theme of communication. Graduate students from a variety of disciplines travel to JMU to share their work during this event. The symposium


The third annual Graduate Student Symposium took place in April 2012. The keynote address was given by Dr. Kirk St. Amant of East Carolina University.


NEW: Harry Potter Symposium
The first Replacing Wands with Quills: A Harry Potter Symposium for Muggle Scholars was held in November 2011 on the campus of JMU. This symposium brought together scholars from numerous disciplines-Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Education, Library Science, and Literary Studies-for a day and a half of exploring, examining, and explaining their attraction to all things Harry Potter.



JMU Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America
The Rhetoric Society of America is the umbrella organization for scholars and teachers in every discipline who are interested in rhetoric, the art of effective communication. RSA defines rhetoric quite broadly and therefore also addresses a range of current issues related to the persuasive dimension of language and visual symbols. The JMU RSA Student Chapter was established in the fall of 2010, providing a forum for gathering locally as rhetoricians, supporting the study and practice of rhetoric, and providing professional and scholarly development opportunities.



JMU Student Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
The Society for Technical Communication offers a unique opportunity for members to seek recognition for their work and obtain professional contacts. STC is comprised of over 23,000 individual members throughout the world, making it the largest organization of its kind. The JMU STC Student Chapter was established in the fall of 1999, offering students a venue for exploring networking and applied skills.



Lexia (formerly e-Vision)
Lexia is a student-produced electronic journal that publishes innovative texts produced in GWRTC and WRTC courses. It is one of the only journals in the country that publishes undergraduate work in the disciplines of writing, rhetoric and technical communication. Students on the editorial board enroll in WRTC 328: Practicum and are responsible for developing the criteria used to evaluate essays, reading and discussing each submission, and working individually with winning essayists to polish their work for publication.


Madison Writing Awards (formerly Write On!)
The Madison Writing Awards (MWA) is a University-wide competition that celebrates writing across-the-curriculum in all academic programs. These awards reflect the commitment of James Madison University, the College of Arts and Letters, and the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication to prepare students for educated and enlightened global citizenship through the outlet of rhetoric.

The latest MWA end-of-year awards ceremony was held in March 2012, with 24 students winning prizes for their writing in classes during the 2011 calendar year.

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Student Gallery
A gallery of work created by WRTC majors, minors and graduate students.