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From 2003-2011, the Writing Associates Program sponsored Alchemy, Swarthmore's magazine for academic writing. It was a venue for strong writing from across all disciplines at the college and published papers that:

  • Were clear, persuasive, well-argued, and interesting
  • Offered a model of good writing in general and good writing within a particular disciplinary community
  • Were accessible for both the specialized audience of a certain discipline and the general audience of Swarthmore students
  • Represented a wide range of disciplines, including the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities


The act of writing is the act of making soul—alchemy.
Gloria Anzaldua