Writing Skill Development

Some students may want to develop fundamental writing skills. These students may elect to take one of our introductory "Writing Workshop" courses (WRPR 0100, WRPR 0101, or WRPR 0102) either concurrently with the First-Year Seminar or in the second semester. Others may want to refine their skills at a more advanced level. They have the option of taking 200-level Writing Program courses, taught by Writing Program Faculty. All Writing Program courses provide opportunities for extensive work on students' writing both in the classroom and in one-on-one tutorial sessions.

WRPR 0100 Writing Workshop I

This course is for students who would like extra work on critical thinking and analytical writing. All sections of this course will address a variety of writing strategies and technologies, from free writing to online writing. Each section will focus on a particular theme to be determined by the instructor. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement.

WRPR 0101 Writing Workshop II
This second level workshop is for students who have completed a first-year seminar. All sections of this course will address a variety of writing techniques and communications tools. Each section will focus on a particular theme. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement.

WRPR 0102 English Language in Global Context
In this course, we will discuss and write about the dominance of English in the global landscape. The course reader, The Handbook of World Englishes (2006), offers an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. We will begin the course with a geographic and historical overview of World Englishes and then will examine the impact of English language dominance on individuals and societies, emphasizing themes such as migration, globalization, education, and identity. Throughout the course, we will explore the relevance of these issues to educators, linguists, and policy-makers around the world.

Additional Writing Program Options

The Writing Program promotes the use of writing both in students' learning and in their ability to communicate. Writing courses focus on critical and creative thinking, conventions of academic discourse, and persuasive argumentation. In addition, professional writing tutors provide one-on-one instruction to students learning to use the methods of inquiry and the specialized forms and styles appropriate to their majors. For an appointment, sign up online or  in CTLR.

Peer Writing Tutors and Mentors

Writing and Academic Mentors for First -Year Seminars

Mentors work with first-year students to assist them in developing competency in skills directly related to academic success. These include writing, effective time management and workload management skills, enhanced study techniques, and oral presentation skills. Mentors are available for individual appointments with students and for small group workshops.

Peer Writing Tutors assist in college writing courses and provide drop-in tutoring at the CTLR. Peer writing tutors continue the conversations professors have with their students about writing.  Tutors ask probing questions about the papers they read, and make positive suggestions for improvement of those papers. Drop-in peer writing tutors are available Sunday through Thursday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.