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 Program Philosophy – 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.

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

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 Reports – The ISU Writing Program has a range of ongoing research projects. Reports of some of our work are available online.

Calendar of Events

Stay up-to-date on the latest events and activities hosted by the Writing Program.