Farmer School of Business exterior in the fall. Large building with clock tower and pillars over the entrance surrounded by trees turning orange.

Howe Writing Initiative

Consultant and writer discussing writingFounded in 1996 by Roger and Joyce Howe, the Howe Writing Initiative (HWI) is a collaborative learning space that provides writers the opportunities to explore, revise, develop, and reflect on their writing and themselves as writers.

The HWI’s mission is to support Farmer School of Business students and faculty with the teaching and learning of writing so as to promote professional and academic success and to prepare all graduates to be excellent writers.

The values shaping our mission are the recognition that:

  • Writing is a process, and learning to write is a lifelong process.
  • Writing is multimodal and encompasses a variety of communicative activities, including print and digital genres, oral presentations, and data visualizations.
  • All writers have more to learn and benefit from conversation, consultation, and collaboration with others throughout their composing processes.
  • Every person brings linguistic, rhetorical, and cultural resources to their writing from their home language(s) and dialect(s), and we recognize that all English is English with an accent.

HWI Services

Student Consultations: The HWI is available for one-on-one or group consultations with business students. We assist students with a variety of projects, including FSB assignments, oral presentations, resumes and cover letters, or scholarship, internship, and graduate school applications. Consultations are at no-charge and students may use this service throughout their Miami career.

Student Workshops: The HWI offers workshops on a variety of topics and is available to provide custom workshops for student organizations and business fraternities.

Faculty Consultations: The HWI director and assistant directors are available to consult with faculty on a variety of issues, such as strategies for designing effective writing and presentation assignments (including team assignments) and approaches for evaluating student work.

Faculty Workshops: The HWI offers several workshops per year on a variety of topics.