Gallatin’s Writing Program expands opportunities for studying writing, engages students in a variety of experiential and individualized modes of learning, and focuses writing across, as well as at the center of, Gallatin’s curriculum. More than 30 courses are offered each semester, which include the required first-year writing and research seminars, each with a different theme, such as "Sense and Consensus," “The Lure of Beauty," and “Language and the Political.” After taking these foundation courses, Gallatin students may choose from a rich variety of Advanced Writing Courses in genres including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, advocacy-writing, comedy-writing and documentary-writing. The Writing Program sponsors conferences and readings by faculty, students and guests and a Writing Center that employs students, and publishes an annual journal of student writing and visual art, The Gallatin Review and an online platform for writing, art, and research, Confluence. The Writing Program also sponsors civic engagement projects through which students work with adults and adolescents at literacy sites and public high schools, and publishes The Literacy Review, an annual journal of the best writing by adults from about 50 countries. For further information, downloadable texts, podcasts and videos, visit the Writing Program homepage on the Gallatin Web site.