Grassroots Projects



We believe that writing research starts well before and goes way beyond the classroom. A Grassroots approach reframes composition not in terms of writing, but as something anyone can actively and thoughtfully be engaged in everyday.

Students



Our program cultivates students' Writing Researcher identities to meet the challenge of any new writing situation. We go beyond the 5-paragraph essay to discover the structure and network that make a genre what it is.

GWRJournal



The GWRJournal publishes citizen writing researchers, meaning anyone actively investigating a literate activity. Because literate activities are so diverse, the genres, topics, and forms of our articles are wide ranging.

News & Updates

  • ISU Writing Summit Info

    Date of Upcoming Summit:

    Friday – August 19, 2016

    Time:

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Who Must Attend?

    Graduate teaching assistants with assignments in the Writing Program (ENG 101, 101.10, and 145) are required to attend the Summit at the beginning of each semester and need to RSVP as soon as possible.  All other instructors within the Writing Program are strongly encouraged to attend, as the Summit is a great place to meet our new instructors, share your knowledge and experience, as well as gain some useful information for your courses!

    Do I Need to RSVP?

    Yes.  In order for us to know how many instructors will be attending, please complete our brief survey. Also, be sure to include your meal preferences, so we can serve you better!

    Want a Preview of the Day?

    Check out the Coming Attractions & Fall 2016 Writing Summit Preliminary Agenda

    Date of Upcoming Summit: Friday - August 19, 2016 Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Who Must Attend? Graduate teaching assistants with assignments in the Writing Program (ENG 101, 101.10, and 145) are required to attend the Summit at the beginning of each semester and need to RSVP as soon as possible.  All other instructors within the Writing Program ... Read more

 

From the Blog

  • The “M Word”

    The “M Word” by Frank Macarthy “Multimodality” sounds like one of those 10-dollar words. You know, those words used by pretentious people to make themselves sound even more pretentious? Well, to be honest, it isn’t one of those words. In fact, multimodality is quite simple. As Arola, Sheppard, and Ball (Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects) ... Read more
  • Mark Your Calendars – Spring ’16 Summit

    Spring Writing Summit 2016 Schedule of Events Our Spring 2016 Writing Program Summit has been scheduled for 9am-4pm on Friday, January 8th.  This daylong event features program updates and professional development opportunities for all instructors with ISU Writing Program teaching assignments.  Attendance is a requirement of graduate assistants assigned to teach ENG 101, 101.10, 145 or 145.13.  NTT ... Read more
  • ISU Writing Program Common Read Project

    ISU Writing Program Common Read In Fall 2015 our ISU Writing Program Common Read Project is Writing Across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing.  Kathleen Blake Yancey, Liane Roberston, and Kara Taczak. Utah State University Press, 2014.  Kathleen Yancy will also be our Writing Program Visiting Speaker for 2015. Our goal in establishing the Common Read ... Read more
  • Writing A Personal Statement

    At the 2015 ISU English Studies Showcase, which took place here in Bloomington-Normal (in our own Stevenson Hall) on April 25th, the Writing Program offered a workshop for students interested in learning more about the genre of the Personal Statement. Also called college admissions essays or a statement of purpose, personal statements aren't really even a ... Read more
  • The Complexity of Individual Learning

    This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education includes an interview with Todd Rose that discusses the complexity of information about individual learning styles.  The article itself is short and moves into discussions of sharing data generated by large-scale learning systems like MOOcs.  But the TED talk embedded there does have relevance for our writing ... Read more