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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
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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.