Welcome to the website for Western’s First-Year Writing (FYW) program. This program represents approximately 80 courses offered throughout the year. A mix of full-time faculty and graduate instructors from the English department teach these courses. Explore this website to find out more about what we have to offer!
Check out this video about what to expect from your FYW experience. It speaks specifically about the English 101 class, but it should give you a sense of what your first year will be like regardless of where you start your journey.
A note to future students…
We see First-Year Writing (FYW) as an essential part of the Western experience. Our two courses, English 100 – Introduction to College Writing, or English 101 – Writing Your Way Through Western, will offer you a chance to challenge yourself as a writer. You’ll learn to create complex, inventive texts in response to the things you discover through your own original research and critical reading skills. What’s more, you will get the chance to work on your writing with very small class sizes and the eager attention of your teacher. We hope you’ll get a lot out of the experience.
Learning Goals for First-Year Writing
Our FYW courses aim to give you a comprehensive and engaging introduction to college-level writing. To this end, we have established a set of learning goals that lay out what our classes will provide. These goals are based on the WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition established by our field’s major professional organization, the Council of Writing Program Administrators (link: http://wpacouncil.org/positions/outcomes.html).
By the end of First Year Writing at Western, students should…
- Develop flexible strategies for reading, drafting, reviewing, collaborating, revising, rewriting, rereading, and editing;
- Read a diverse range of texts, attending especially to relationships between assertion and evidence, to patterns of organization, to the interplay between verbal and nonverbal elements, and to how these features function for different audiences and situations;
- Develop facility in responding to a variety of situations and contexts calling for purposeful shifts in voice, tone, level of formality, design, medium, structure, and/or use of technology;
- And understand why genre conventions for structure, paragraphing, tone, citation, and mechanics vary.
To learn more about the structure and goals of our FYW classes, check the Courses tab above.