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.


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.


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.

The Illinois State University Writing Program

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  • Website Changes

    Over the next few weeks, the website will be undergoing some major changes. So if you’re looking at this page right now and wondering if you’ve gone to the wrong Writing Program or if the stress of your classes has permanently damaged your brain, the answers are no and probably not, respectively.

  • ISU Writing Summit Info

    Date of Upcoming Summit:

    Friday – August 14, 2015


    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 & Schedule of Events