First-Year Writing

We offer three First-Year Writing courses. Each course is process-oriented and workshop-based. This means you can expect to write several drafts of your projects, to reflect on your writing as it develops, and to receive feedback both from peers and your instructors. By the end of the semester, you will have generated four polished projects of 4-7 pages each, amounting to 6000-7000 words of writing (not including drafts and informal writing). You will also design at least one writing portfolio.

Below are brief descriptions of our courses. Please note that ENGW1111 and ENGW1102 fulfill Northeastern’s core requirement for First-Year Writing, while ENGW1110 does not; students who take the latter will go on to take either ENGW1111 or ENGW1102.

ENGW1111 First-Year Writing

Offers students the opportunity to study and practice writing in a workshop setting. Students read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing; learn to conduct research using primary and secondary sources; explore how writing functions in a range of academic, professional, and public contexts; and write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media. Throughout the course, students give and receive feedback, revise their work, and reflect on their growth as writers.

 

ENGW1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers

Designed for students whose first or strongest language is not English. Parallels ENGW 1111 but with special attention to the concerns of multilingual writers. Offers students the opportunity to study and practice writing in a workshop setting. Students read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing; learn to conduct research using primary and secondary sources; explore how writing functions in a variety of academic, professional, and public contexts; and write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media. Throughout the course, students give and receive feedback, revise their work, and reflect on their growth as writers. 

 

ENGW1110 Introductory First-Year Writing

Designed for students who would benefit from an extra semester of writing instruction before taking ENGW 1111. Offers students the opportunity to study and practice writing in a workshop setting. Introduces students to college-level writing, reading, and research. Throughout the course, students give and receive feedback, revise their work, and reflect on their growth as writers.

  • Contact

    Writing Program Director
    Prof. Neal Lerner
    471 Holmes Hall
    n.lerner@neu.edu
    617-373-2451