First-Year Writing

We offer several 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.

Below are brief descriptions of our courses. Please note that taking ENGW 1110 alone does not fulfill Northeastern’s core requirement for First-Year Writing; students who take ENGW 1110 will go on to take either ENGW 1111 or ENGW 1102.

ENGW 1111 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.

ENGW 1111 First-Year Writing (Service-Learning)

Parallels ENGW 1111 but also offers service-learning opportunities, such as community volunteering, community activism, and so on which will complement course outcomes. 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.

ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers

Parallels ENGW 1111 but with special attention to the concerns of multilingual writers. Designed for students whose first or strongest language is not English. 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.

ENGW 1110 Introductory First-Year Writing

Designed for students who would benefit from an extra semester of writing instruction before taking ENGW 1111 or 1102. 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.