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Writing Program & Writing Center Classes


The Writing Program’s prefix, WRIT, contains a selection of courses designed to support WSU students with the writing they are doing in their classes and in other academic and professional contexts. Our courses offer low-risk, high-contact environments in which to learn and practice writing skills that will serve students as they write in their disciplines and in their future careers.


Several of our courses are considered “small group collaboratives” and are designed to be taken concurrently with a writing-intensive course such as English 101/105 or an “M” course (writing in the major). Each class is comprised of just 5 students and facilitated by a trained Writing Center consultant. Our courses prioritize contextualized practice over canned curriculum, so with the help of the facilitator, students learn to read and critique their own and others’ writing, to notice and act on strengths and weaknesses in writing, and to revise their own work based on self- and peer-critique.

These courses are graded S/F and a passing grade is earned primarily through attendance and participation.

Other course offerings guide students as they practice constructing sentences and paragraphs within their discipline, using sources in academic writing, and composing detailed and effective essays and statements for advanced programs or career pursuits.


 

Contact

writing.center@wsu.edu
Smith CUE 303 / 402

Course Catalog

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Fall Semester in light of COVID

All of our classes will be delivered remotely. Almost all of our classes will use a hybrid model of Blackboard, Zoom, and Google Docs for curriculum and class meetings. Students should expect some synchronous meetings during the posted times, unless hearing otherwise from the instructor.

ENGL 102 and 107 and WRIT 302 will use Zoom for the first three weeks of the term and then will alternate between Zoom class meetings and independent peer review activities in Google Docs for the remainder of the term.

 

Courses and Collaboratives

English 102

English 102 supports students as they develop and practice strategies to meet the challenges of academic writing required in English 101 and other typical first-year courses.

Students may be required to take English 102 based on the personalized evaluation of their Writing Placement Process essays.

Course Objectives:

  • To help students develop the skills needed to effectively recognize and respond to strengths and weaknesses in writing.
  • To give students the opportunity to learn how to give and accept critical feedback on writing.
  • To encourage an atmosphere of effective peer collaboration.
English 107

English 107 supports students as they develop and practice strategies to meet the challenges of academic writing required in English 105 and other typical first-year courses.

Students may be required to take English 107 based on the personalized evaluation of their Writing Placement Process essays.

Course Objectives:

  • To help students develop the skills needed to effectively recognize and respond to strengths and weaknesses in writing.
  • To provide support for students with ESL related issues.
  • To give students the opportunity to learn how to give and accept critical feedback on writing.
  • To encourage an atmosphere of effective peer collaboration.
WRIT 103

WRIT 103 supports students as they develop and practice strategies to meet the challenges of academic writing required in History 105: Roots of Contemporary Issues.

Students may be required to take WRIT 103 by their instructor of History 105 or by the RCI program, especially if they are attempting History 105 for the third time. We recommend students check with their History 105 instructor, the RCI program, or the Writing Center coordinator before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives:

  • To help students develop the skills needed to effectively recognize and respond to strengths and weaknesses in writing.
  • To give students the opportunity to learn how to give and accept critical feedback on writing.
  • To encourage an atmosphere of effective peer collaboration.
WRIT 205: Sentence & Paragraph Construction Across the Disciplines

Writ 205 is a one-credit course offering individualized and small group instruction to improve basic sentence and paragraph writing skills in various disciplinary fields; sentence and paragraph skill development will focus on the types of sentences (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex) and how they fit into genres of paragraphs (expository, narrative, comparison, and causal) based on fields of study.

Some students may be required to take WRIT 205 based on their University Writing Portfolio.

WRIT 302: Advanced Writing Collaborative

WRIT 302 is a small group, one-credit writing collaborative designed to provide writing support for students enrolled in their Writing in the Major [M] courses, or any upper-division writing-intensive course. In small sections, students receive individualized and group attention as they explore and practice the rhetorical moves necessary for composing effective writing, particularly the writing expected in their discipline and their future careers.

Some students may be required to take WRIT 302 based on their University Writing Portfolio.

WRIT 309: Plagiarism Labyrinth: The Complex Relationship between Culture, Language, and Academic Integrity

This course aims to support students as they develop an understanding of the complexities of plagiarism, with an emphasis on culture and the needs of international students. Students explore the expectations of academic research and writing within and across disciplines, practice the conventions of citation in different formats, and begin to integrate aspects of source use into their own writing.

WRIT 311: Composing and Evaluation Strategies for Writing Professional Documents

In this course, students learn and practice strategies for composing and revising within writing-intensive courses, and for creating brief professional documents (personal statements/letters of intent). The course is particularly suited for students seeking scholarships, pursuing advanced degrees or programs, or applying for jobs that require professional statements. The instructor provides ample individualized attention while also facilitating group reviews and delivering relevant curriculum.

WRIT 405: Writing Tutorial for Syntactic Structures in Professional and Academic Contexts

This course offers individualized and small group instruction focusing on sentence and paragraph structure for professional and academic purposes. Students are guided in considering the disciplinary conventions and rhetoric of their major and their future careers and then implementing what they’ve learned into the writing they do in their other courses.

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing.

WRIT 431: Writing Center Theory and Practice

This specialized course provides the education and training necessary for work in the WSU Undergraduate Writing Center. With a focus on the scholarship of the discipline, students explore the history of writing center work, the critiques and turns within the field, and the contemporary best practices and their underlying concepts and theories. Just as writing center work is open to students from all disciplines, this course is designed for students from any and all majors. 

Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission.

Seven WSU Writing Center consultants land top senior awards plus a poetry prize as spring semester 2016 comes to a close

PULLMAN, Wash.—Five peer consultants in the Writing Center at Washington State University have been honored by their major departments in the College of Arts and Sciences with “outstanding senior” awards, another received the Ruth Slonim Poetry Prize, and a seventh was named a university-wide top senior.

Floricel Gonzalez is the consultant who received a WSU top ten senior award in the area of academics.  Top seniors in their departments are Alistair Fortson, Kyle (Raleigh) Hansen, Hailey Roemer, Sophia Stephens, and Ruben Zecena. The $1,000 poetry prize winner is Taylor Bereiter. » More …

WSU Writing Program ranked among top in the U.S. again

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Writing Program at Washington State University is once again ranked among the best “writing in the disciplines” programs in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2016” released today.

Having been on the ranking’s prestigious list of “Academic Programs to Look For” for more than a decade, WSU remains the only institution from the Northwest. » More …

Regents Professor Victor Villanueva Named New Director of WSU’s Acclaimed Writing Program


Pullman, Wash. – Washington State University announces that Victor Villanueva, Regents Professor and faculty member in the Department of English, is the new director of The Writing Program.

The Writing Program is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education. In fall, the program made its tenth appearance in the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition for 2014, in the “Academic Programs to Look For” category. Now in its twenty-eighth year at WSU, The Writing Program is the central unit dedicated to helping students and faculty across the university to be better communicators.
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WSU Writing Program Appears Tenth Time on U.S. News & World Report Rankings as One of Best in the Nation


PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University has been recognized for the tenth time for having one of the top writing programs in the nation, according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” released Tuesday.WSU is one of 19 institutions hailed in the “Writing in the Disciplines” category in “Academic Programs to Look For,” a section that has been part of the annual rankings for 11 years. Those spotlighted in the section represent “schools with outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success.”

WSU is the only university in the Northwest to make the list for writing, which includes just one other Pac-12 school—Stanford.  Others sharing the honor are Brown, Colorado State, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Kenyon, North Carolina-Raleigh, Princeton, Purdue-West Lafayette, UC Davis, and Yale.
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WSU Writing Program Welcomes Michigan State Expert William Hart-Davidson for May 8 Lecture, Workshop


PULLMAN, Wash.—William Hart-Davidson, Michigan State University professor, will present “Many-to-Many: Networks, Peer Learning, & the Long Arc of Learning to Write,” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 in room 518 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) at Washington State University. The public is welcome to the free lecture, hosted by the nationally acclaimed WSU Writing Program.
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Undergraduate Writing Center Services

any class, any paper, any draft

Undergraduate Writing Center

The Undergraduate Writing Center has two branches. The individualized tutoring program provides free, para-professional peer tutoring to support students as they clarify, develop, and best articulate their ideas. The writing collaboratives program offers 1-credit, low-risk, small-group, workshop-style courses to support students who are enrolled in writing-intensive courses like English 101 or M-Courses.


In the Writing Center, administrators and consultants are committed to anti-racist and inclusive pedagogy. We study the intersections of writing centers and social justice to deepen our understanding of the strategies we employ and the effects of those strategies. We use theories and frameworks such as critical literacy, contrastive rhetoric, and rhetorical listening as we aim to enact a pedagogy of belonging.

Read our Statement of Antiractist and Inclusive Commitment.


The Undergraduate Writing Center …

  • is staffed by undergraduates trained to collaborate with writers from all backgrounds and disciplines as they think, write, and communicate for college and for life
  • promotes student agency and strives to support students as they navigate the challenges of reading, writing, and thinking in college
  • values difference and the multiplicity of student discourse, and aims to mediate the expectations of the discourses present at the university
  • strives for engaged and experiential learning, and therefore is not a proofreading service
  • uses dialogue as the venue for assisting students in their endeavors.

Writers might work with us to

  • review assignments to better understand them and brainstorm possible responses
  • consider the expectations of the assignment, professor, and university
  • conceptualize an argument and think through its construction and delivery
  • evaluate and choose among strategies to develop and revise drafts
  • discuss general and specific ways to meet the expectations of writing at the college level
  • reflect on experiences as a communicator and writer and make informed rhetorical decisions
  • learn about and how to access resources.
Contact

writing.center@wsu.edu

Fall Zoom Hours

Monday 10 – 12; 1 – 5
Tuesday 10 – 11; 3 – 5
Wednesday 10 – 12; 1 – 5; 6 – 8
Thursday 10 – 12; 3 – 5; 6 – 8
Friday 10 – 12; 1 – 4

Fall Feedback Hours

Monday 9 – 4
Tuesday 9 – 4
Wednesday 9 – 4
Thursday 9 – 4
Friday 9 -3

We are offering support in two formats this term:

Zoom sessions with a consultant: Students hoping to work with a consultant, perhaps to read over a draft together, to brainstorm ideas, to ask clarifying questions about an assignment, or just to connect with another person during the writing process, should request a Zoom session with a writing consultant.

  • Check out our Zoom schedule (available above).
  • Send an email to writing.center@wsu.edu from your WSU student email account and include your WSU student ID number in the email; write “Zoom Request” in the subject line and give us a brief (1 sentence) overview of what you’re hoping to talk about with a consultant. Include what time you’d like to meet with a consultant, based on the posted Zoom schedule above.
  • The Writing Center program assistant will respond with a Zoom ID and day and time for you to log-in. You’ll enter a waiting room when you join before being assigned a breakout room with a consultant.

Written feedback on a draft: Students who have some form of a draft that they’d like to have reviewed can request written feedback from a writing consultant. Written feedback on a draft will come in the form of a letter to you, the writer, with reader reactions, answers to any questions you pose in your request for feedback, suggestions for revision, and a couple of in-text margin comments, if possible.

  • Send an email to writing.center@wsu.edu from your WSU student email account and include your WSU student ID number in the email. “Request for Feedback” should be the subject line.
  • Include your draft (or outline, or brainstorm, or other document) as an attachment, as well as the assignment or rubric, if possible.
  • The body of your email should include any concerns you have about the draft or assignment, or other instructions to help the consultant focus their feedback.
  • The Writing Center will forward your request to a member of our staff who will offer feedback, comments, suggestions, and resources within 24 hours.

Interested in being a writing consultant?

The Writing Center is staffed by WSU students from all disciplines who enjoy talking about writing, collaborating with peers, and supporting the development of their fellow students as writers and engaged learners. Students interested in working for the Writing Center should expect to learn about issues of privilege and power as they relate to academic writing and should be eager to counteract these systems through intentional tutoring methods. Students from disciplines other than English are encouraged to apply.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a writing consultant should contact the director, Brooklyn Walter: brooklyn.walter@wsu.edu

Online Tutorial Service

Visit the eTutoring page for information about another online service that is available at no cost to all WSU students: eTutoring

Please note that eTutoring is not a proofreading service. Writers receive written suggestions and feedback, as well as some support with grammar, but online tutors are not equipped or trained to line-edit writing.

We also recommend the Purdue Online Writing Lab for a quick reference for composing, revising, end editing your own essays, and for help with citation: The Purdue Owl

Staff Directory Writing Program (keep)

Staff Directory

In the Writing Program units of Writing Assessment, Writing Center, and Writing in the Disciplines.


The Writing Program — Main Office

Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, room 305
509-335-7959

Victor Villanueva
Regents Professor and Director
The Writing Program
victorv@wsu.edu
509-335-2680

Lisa Johnson-Shull
Associate Director
lisaj@wsu.edu
509-335-7695

Xyan Neider
Writing Assessment Coordinator
xneider@wsu.edu
509-335-6471

Sharolon Carter
Student Records Specialist
sharolon@wsu.edu
509-335-5898

Jamie Comstock
Fiscal Specialist
jamie.comstock@wsu.edu
509-335-4072


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Washington State University Writing Program

The WSU Writing Program is nationally acclaimed and for more than twenty-five years has provided time-tested and innovative instructional theories and practices to teach, tutor, and assess writing.

The Writing Program assesses student writing in the form of the Writing Placement Process and the University Writing Portfolio, provides individualized and small-group writing support to students through the Graduate and Undergraduate Writing Centers, and offers support and resources to faculty teaching writing in the Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines initiatives. Use the menu to navigate through our site to learn more about each of these branches of the Writing Program.

Contact us

Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) 305
509-335-7959   /  writing.program@wsu.edu

Writing Program Honors

WSU’s Writing Program is ranked among the top in the nation by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report “BestColleges” list.
WSU has been included on this list every year for well over a decade.

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Over 25 years of Excellence serving
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Writing Center Honors

2019-2020 University Recognition of Writing Center Consultants
  • Sara Quenzer Outstanding Senior in the English Department
  • Cody Andrews Outstanding Senior in the Biology Department
  • Ally Pang Campus Civic Poet Award from the Art for Social Change Competition
  • Sarah Beebe Honor’s College Thesis Pass with Distinction
  • Zili Chang Honor’s College Thesis Pass with Distinction
  • Hannah Utter Honor’s College Thesis Pass with Distinction

Writing Assessment Honors

2015-2016 Top Junior Writing Portfolio awardees
  • Alisha Balzaretti Education
  • Sree Panchagnula Psychology
  • Jaslyn Erickson Microbiology
  • Halle Weimar Neurology
  • Jesse Nelson Biology
  • Jennifer Glover Zoology
  • Ottara Pyne Philosophy
  • Pearl Kleppin English (Tri Cities)
  • Harmony Casey Psychology
  • Kevin Berry History (Tri Cities)
  • Taryn Harmon Nursing (Vancouver)
  • Emily Epker English
  • Daniel Lu Computer Science (Vancouver)
  • Jillian Scott Psychology

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