About

The Writing Program at Illinois State University is dedicated to helping students learn to navigate an increasingly digital world. All Writing Program courses take place in computer labs for the optimal learning experience; our program was the first Writing Program in the nation to take this step.

Meet the Team!

Contact individuals on the Writing Program Leadership Team.

Program Philosophy

Our Philosophies - We use a genre studies approach to teaching writing, which means we teach about how to learn new genres, not about how to master a single style of writing. To learn more, visit our Philosophy Page.

Grassroots Writing Research – Our program is largely defined by researching and enacting real-life writing.  The Grassroots Writing Research Journal and related projects help promote writing research among students and the community.

Information for Undergraduates

  • Proficiency Credit and Grade Reviews
  • Plagiarism and Citation Issues
  • Complaints and Questions
  • Grassroots Writing Research Journal – Not only a source for case studies on researching writing, but also an opportunity for you to submit your own work for publication.
  • Mini-Grants for Student Research - The Writing Program will award five mini-grants up to $100 each to pay for materials needed for a Writing Program course class project.
  • General Program Policies

Courses Offered

  • English 101: Composition as Critical Inquiry (The three-hour-per-week first-year writing course. We offer four honors sections, two sections of 101 for Urban Teacher Preparation, and one section with a theater theme.)
  • English 101.10: Composition as Critical Inquiry (This course meets five days per week for students who may lack confidence with writing or otherwise want more time with a writing instructor.)
  • English 145: Writing in the Academic Disciplines (Introduction to research-based writing for multiple academic audiences.)
  • English 145.12: Writing for Business and Government Organizations (Introduction to research-based writing for multiple audiences. This course is for Presidential Scholars and is offered in fall only.)
  • English 145.13: Writing for Business and Government Organizations (Introduction to research-based writing for multiple audiences. This course is for business and government students.)

Program Research

Program Assessment - Help and handouts for ENG 101 and ENG 145 instructors participating in the assessment.

Program Reports – Findings from past assessments as well as Writing Program procedures and activities.

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