The Illinois State University Writing Program

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

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Upcoming Event

The annual Grassroots Writing Research Spring Colloquium promotes student research in the study of writing practices, taking its name from the Grassroots Writing Research Journal, the core text for ISU Writing Program courses. Please join us on Thursday, February 26th, 7-9PM, in Stevenson Hall 401. Refreshments will be provided. This year’s colloquium will include the following presentations:

Stephanie Behnke, 2014-25 Grassroots Undergraduate Writing Research Fellow, “The Process of Expressing Apologies Among Undergraduate Students” Kayla Scott, 2014-15 Grassroots Undergraduate Writing Research Fellow, “A Writing Research Project on How Artists Write” Thaddeus Stoklasa & Scott Pyrz, Grassroots Writing Research Journal Authors, “A Story of Collaborative Writing.”

Mission Statement

The specific mission of the ISU Writing Program is to support the work of English 101 and English 145 courses (each course has several variants), which are designed to serve both different populations of students as well as the needs of different colleges and programs throughout the university. Beyond our adherence to the goals of the ISU general education curriculum and our own program learning outcomes, our program’s primary mission is to promote a focus on “citizen writing research” through a range of activities that include specific classroom practices including our Grassroots writing research publication, fellowship, and community outreach program; and our own program-based research into the intersections and complexities of our personal lived experiences as writers and learners.