Meet the Team! - Contact individuals on the Writing Program Leadership Team.
Our Philosophies - Learn more about “what makes us tick.”
About the Program
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.
Classes we administer include:
- 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.)
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 research and theory page.
Within the Writing Program,
- students learn to produce writing that represents the kind of reflective and critical inquiry necessary to serve responsibly
in civic arenas and to succeed in academic and professional contexts;
- instructors from different areas of English Studies and academic levels prepare to teach writing, continue their education and experience professional growth;
- members from the local community and the state gain a better understanding of the complex processes and products referred to simply as “writing”;
- research and creativity thrive;
- technology is integral, with the Program being the first nationwide to offer all writing classes in computer classrooms;
- people are friendly and supportive.