English Department: General Education Courses

Year-long writing communities

The English department is pleased to offer incoming freshmen the opportunity to participate in a freshman writing learning community for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Students who enroll in either of two specially designated sections of WRI 1100 will be offered the opportunity to register for WRI 1200 at the same time slot with the same instructor and classmates in the spring semester.   (Students will not be required to take WRI 1200 with the group but will be given preference in registration.  After the end of the preregistration period, any remaining seats will be opened to other students.)

What is the advantage?

In WRI 1100 you’ll work closely with your classmates to offer feedback on each other’s drafts.  Students often form close friendships with each other and would like to continue working and learning together as they move on to the second semester writing course. They can also benefit from taking the second class with the same writing teacher, who has already become familiar with their interests, strengths and challenges, and can best help them to build on the first semester’s foundation.

Who are the instructors?

Dr. Kathleen Cassity, Associate Professor of English

 Dr. Kathleen Cassity 

WRI 1100 PYL  9:10 T/TH (CRN  2171) Fall 2013

WRI 1200 PYL  9:10 T/TH   Spring 2014

I'm looking forward to a lively and productive semester in which we develop our skills as college-level writers and critical thinkers in WRI 1100. Expect to write a lot, both formally and informally, inside and outside of class, and to revise your writing extensively. You will become a more productive writer by reflecting upon your writing processes and learning how to attack problems such as writer’s block or procrastination; my goal is to help you develop both fluency and control.

Although my classes are a lot of work, my experiences (as both teacher and student) have taught me that the most powerful learning happens when students are enjoying themselves. For that reason I attempt to create a learning environment that, while academically rigorous, is also supportive, encouraging, and—dare I say it?—fun. Expect to get well acquainted with your fellow classmates and me (if you prefer anonymity, this may not be the section for you). Also expect to work hard; the good news is that if you approach this course with the right spirit, you will discover how enjoyable it can be to create written work that makes you feel proud.Dr. Andrew Opitz, Assistant Professor of English                  

 WRI 1100 is designed to help you develop and improve your critical thinking and formal writing skills -- two valuable skill sets that will serve you well both in your college career and when you enter the job market.  The production of clear and effective writing takes dedication, hard work and practice.  This is an active-learning course that requires your regular participation in writing assignments inside and outside of the classroom.  Writing can be at times both exhilarating and exhausting.  This is true for beginners as well as for accomplished authors.  It is my hope that we will have an enjoyable and productive semester together in a class that brings energy to your work, teaches important skills and minimizes the frustration caused by writers block and other barriers to good writing.  I will try to create a supportive learning environment where you feel free to express yourself, ask questions and seek advice from both me and your classmates as you work on improving your writing. 

Dr. Andrew Opitz, Assistant Professor of English                  

 Dr. Andrew Opitz

WRI 1100  JYL  9:40 MWF (CRN 2368) Fall 2013

WRI 1200 JYL  9:40 MWF              Spring  2014

WRI 1100 is designed to help you develop and improve your critical thinking and formal writing skills -- two valuable skill sets that will serve you well both in your college career and when you enter the job market.  The production of clear and effective writing takes dedication, hard work and practice.  This is an active-learning course that requires your regular participation in writing assignments inside and outside of the classroom.  Writing can be at times both exhilarating and exhausting.  This is true for beginners as well as for accomplished authors.  It is my hope that we will have an enjoyable and productive semester together in a class that brings energy to your work, teaches important skills and minimizes the frustration caused by writers block and other barriers to good writing.  I will try to create a supportive learning environment where you feel free to express yourself, ask questions and seek advice from both me and your classmates as you work on improving your writing.