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First-Year Writing

 VISION STATEMENT

The First-Year Writing program strives to provide an inclusive and consistent experience that prepares UCA students for the writing and communication demands of the 21st century.

As a program of composition scholars and teachers, we believe that effective teaching of writing fosters a reflective community of diverse readers and writers; cultivates rhetorical awareness of the writer’s purpose, audience, and context; and promotes flexible strategies for invention, drafting, and revision.

The First-Year Writing program further recognizes that careful reading, critical thinking, reliable research, and active engagement with varied perspectives are essential skills for students’ academic careers, workplaces, and thoughtful participation in civic life.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

WRTG 1310: Introduction to College Writing
Part of the lower-division UCA Core (general education) program and required of all students during the first semester they are eligible to enroll. This course introduces students to the writing process, focusing on audience, invention, and arrangement, and will be conducted as a workshop. Prerequisite: ACT English score of 19 or higher OR prerequisite/corequisite completion of UNIV 0370 with a grade of C or higher OR a grade of D or higher in the corequisite general education course. [ACTS: ENGL 1013]

WRTG 1320: Academic Writing and Research
Part of the lower-division UCA Core (general education) program and required of all students during the first semester they are eligible to enroll. The course introduces students to academic argument based on substantiating, evaluating, and proposing claims. Research strategies are central to the course, which will be conducted as a workshop. Prerequisite: WRTG 1310 with a grade C or higher. [ACTS: ENGL 1023]

ESSAY CONTESTS

WriteOn

WriteOn is a university-sponsored annual writing competition held among students enrolled WRTG 1310: Introduction to College Writing. Winning selections of the WriteOn contest reflect the first-year writing program’s best examples of a writer’s cultural and rhetorical awareness.

Essays will be collected at the end of the spring and fall semesters of each calendar year and awarded the following spring semester. Essays must be nominated by instructors. However, students may request that an instructor nominate their work.

The winning entries will be selected by a panel of writing instructors. Each instructor is limited to six student entries.

The submission form for Spring 2021 will remain open until May 15. Winning students will be notified via email in Spring 2022.

Write On Sumission Form

InkWire

InkWire is a university-sponsored annual writing competition held among students enrolled WRTG 1320: Academic Writing and Research. Winning selections of the InkWire contest will represent the first-year writing program’s most outstanding research essays.

Essays will be collected at the end of the spring and fall semesters of each calendar year and awarded the following spring semester. Essays must be nominated by instructors. However, students may request that an instructor nominate their work.

The winning entries will be selected by a panel of writing instructors. Each instructor is limited to six student entries.

The submission form for Spring 2021 will remain open until May 15. Winning students will be notified via email in Spring 2022.

InkWire Submission Form:

FACULTY RESOURCES

Campus Resources
Emergency Procedures for Thompson Hall
FYW Specific Guidance and Syllabus Language [2020-21]
FYW Themed Course Proposal Form
Objectives for WRTG 1310 and WRTG 1320
Textbook List
UCA Syllabus Requirements [2020-21]

CONTACT US

Dr. Cristine Busser
First-Year Writing Coordinator
Win Thompson Hall 323
cbusser1@uca.edu

 

Ms. Cokey Allen
First-Year Writing Assistant Coordinator
Win Thompson Hall 305
callen@uca.edu