About Us

The Writing and Rhetoric Program at UVA offers a wide range of first-year writing courses and a growing selection of courses for undergraduates beyond the first year.  Our program also helps prepare faculty and graduate students to teach writing in disciplines across the college curriculum, and we participate in efforts to improve the teaching of writing in local area secondary schools. 

For undergraduates, the program offers a variety of courses that fulfill the First Writing Requirement, including the single-semester ENWR 1510 as well as two year-long courses, ENWR 1505/1506 and ENWR 1507/1508 (ELL).  All of these courses approach writing as a form of critical inquiry that enables students to reflect on complex problems in light of how others have attempted to address them.  We also offer a set of advanced writing courses that meet the Second Writing Requirement and give students a chance to engage in particular forms of writing they find especially useful or  interesting. 

For graduate students who teach first-year writing, the program offers a Pedagogy Seminar (ENGL 8900) each spring and a series of workshops on writing instruction throughout the year.  We also offer a week-long Faculty Seminar on the Teaching of Writing each May for UVA faculty in any school or department who wish to improve their writing instruction, writing assignments, and response to their students’ written work.



Victor Luftig, Director - vl4n@virginia.edu 

Anastatia Curley, Associate Director -  ac9we@virginia.edu

Devin Donovan, Associate Director - djd5b@virginia.edu 

Claire Chantell, Writing Center Co-Director - cc2de@virginia.edu

Kevin Smith, Writing Center Co-Director - kgs8th@virginia.edu

T. Kenny Fountain, WAC Director - tkf3bb@virginia.edu

Heidi Nobles, Associate WAC Director - hn3dg@virginia.edu 

2021-2022 Mentoring Team (September - May)


Stephen Hager, Graduate Assistant to the Writing Program <srw9r@virginia.edu>

Eyal Handelsman-Katz, Graduate Assistant to the Writing Center <ehh2st@virginia.edu>

Jo Adams, Mentor Coordinator        <jsa5qa@virginia.edu>

Lydia Brown, Mentor Coordinator     <lgb6ya@virginia.edu>

Nathan Frank, Mentor Coordinator      <ndf3cb@virginia.edu>

Grace Alvino, Mentor      <gea9bh@virginia.edu>

Hannah Loeb, Mentor       <hjl4pz@virginia.edu>

Mary Ruth Robinson, Mentor       <mrr7xr@virginia.edu>

Tarushi Sonthalia, Mentor     <ts3ud@virginia.edu>

Valerie Voight, Mentor     <vev3fc@virginia.edu>

Joseph Wei, Mentor     <jaw2yc@virginia.edu>