This page is for students who have registered in a first-year writing class
First-Year Writing is a process-based and workshop-oriented course that gives you the opportunity to learn about writing and rhetoric. Many students assume that this course will be similar to their high school literature or AP English courses. However, it is quite different. While you will expand on some of the skills learned in those courses, you’ll also be learning rhetorical flexibility (how to write for different audiences in different situations) by writing in a variety of genres and media.
To ensure that you’ve placed yourself into an appropriate section, check to see if you’ve registered for ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, or a course with a service-learning component and read about each of those options below. Then, complete a brief writing assignment for your instructor in preparation for the first day of class.
This is a process of guided self-placement. Self-placement means that you have agency over which course or courses you want to take. Guided means the Writing Program directors, your advisors, and your instructors are here to help you make that decision.
Contact your academic advisor if you are concerned about your course placement at any point in the guided self-placement process (before, during or after completing the writing assignment).
Most students will place themselves into one of these courses:
Students may also earn credit in one of these ways:
Write a 2-3 page letter (typed, double-spaced, stapled) to your instructor where you introduce your writing history and your expectations for the course. Please look up your instructor’s name so that you can address your recipient directly.
Consider the following:
- What experiences have made you feel successful as a writer?
- What experiences have made you lose confidence as a writer?
- After looking at the student learning goals and course descriptions, what do you think the course you enrolled in will entail? If you selected a service-learning course or ENGW 1102, why did you choose this course?
- What are you the most excited about and what are you the most uncertain about with this course?
- Is there anything else you’d like your instructor to know?
Bring your letter to the first day of class. This writing assignment is ungraded but required in order to pass the class.
If you believe that your current course placement is not a good fit for you, contact your advisor as soon as possible.