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Why Take College Writing 1?

Why Take College Writing 1?

Writing is a creative process through which you can explore the ideas of others and develop new ones of your own. Writing is also a craft, through which you communicate those ideas to others in clear, coherent prose. In this course, you will learn both the process and the craft of writing. You will learn how to analyze written texts in order to reach a deeper understanding of their content and style. You will have the opportunity to try several different types of writing, including a personal essay, visual and rhetorical analyses, an argumentative essay, and research writing. You will learn how to tailor your arguments to persuade different audiences in different situations. If you have further questions about the College Writing 1 requirement and curriculum, click here.

McLeod Award

The Dean James E. McLeod First-Year Writing Prize is open to all first-year students. Submit an original research paper from your College Writing class or one of your First-Year or Ampersand program courses. There will be two winners, one student from Arts & Sciences and one student from Engineering, Olin, or Sam Fox. Each winner will receive a $250 award at the annual ceremony in September 2019. The winning papers will be published on the College Writing Program’s website.

Are You a Transfer Student?

All incoming first-year students are required to take College Writing 1. Transfer students who have not yet taken a course in academic writing/composition and research must take College Writing 1 during their first year of study. If you are a transfer student who has completed a year of study at a previous institution with full-time status AND have taken a course that Washington University considers an equivalent to College Writing 1, you may submit a portfolio of written work for review. Please note that only transfer students with first-year writing credit are eligible.