The following principles guide the CWCC in its various endeavors:
- Writing is a mode of learning as well as a way of communicating disciplinary knowledge.
- Writing is discipline-specific: i.e., people write within discourse communities, each with its own audiences, genres, forms, and standards.
- Writing is always a rhetorical act, emerging from a context, addressing an audience, and serving a purpose.
- Learning to write is a life-long process within which the four years of undergraduate study play a crucial role.