Smith Writes is an interdisciplinary, multi-genre journal featuring the work of first-year Smith College students in writing intensive courses. It is edited and produced by students and staff at The Jacobson Center for Teaching, Learning, and Writing, with the purpose of providing a public space for the best, most engaging writing produced by early-career students at Smith.
Smith Writes accepts nonfiction in any genre or area of study, including but not limited to academic research papers, argumentative/persuasive essays, creative nonfiction/memoir, and journalism. We are especially interested in work that engages a public audience beyond the gates of Smith and academia; we look for work that demonstrates an awareness of an educated, but lay, reader and employs an arresting authorial voice. We also welcome work produced in digital platforms and that incorporates the use of image or video elements.
Essays recently published in Smith Writes.
Jacobson Center Assistant Director, Managing Editor
Geoscience and Creative Writing
Spanish and Anthropology
English (Creative Writing), Journalism Concentration, Studio Art
English Literature and Poetry
Statistics & Data Science and Government; Journalism
Neuroscience and Japanese
Biology and Latin American Studies
SWG, Philosophy minor, and Community Engagement & Social Change Concentration
English and the Study of Women and Gender
Government and History
Economics and Statistics & Data Science
Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies and Government