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

133 Stevenson Hall * Campus Box 4240 Normal, IL 61790-4240 • Phone: (309) 438-3957 Staff Contacts
  • 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 Summit Info

    Date of Upcoming Summit:

    August 14, 2015

    Who needs to attend:

    All graduate teaching assistants with assignments in the Writing Program (ENG 101, 101.10, and 145) are required to attend the Writing Program Summit at the beginning of the semester.