Student Writing Awards

We invite students to submit their work for the English 100 Student Writing Awards. Essays and papers written for English 100 during spring and fall 2013 will be considered for inclusion in the 7th edition of the Course Reader. The deadline for spring submissions was June 1, 2013. Fall submissions will be accepted through January 21, 2014. All work must be submitted through our online system. Submit Now




Current and future students of English 100 can find information about the program and its resources here. Please use the menu bar to the left to navigate.


An Introduction to Composition

As an introduction to composition, English 100 will help you make more informed decisions about the writing you do. As this course will emphasize, writing is a situated practice that takes into account the rhetorical situation to inform why you write, what you write, and how you write.


As a student of English 100, you will develop a better understanding of what accounts for ‘good writing,' that is, writing that is appropriate to a particular context, audience, purpose, genre, and medium. Although the types of writing that you’ve practiced during high school or for other occasions have developed and focused your writing for that context and those educational experiences, you’ll find that the writing you do at the university and beyond will require a variety of new and/or different writing strategies and practices.


Even in the defined context of the university, the purposes and uses of writing vary widely. In this course you will examine and practice strategies for writing that may be applied across your courses regardless of discipline, to your co-curricular and extracurricular activities, or for a chosen career beyond the university. You will also look at strategies for writing in situations that require specialized knowledge about the way information is communicated or how arguments are made within specific disciplines. In addition, you will learn to ask questions in order to approach and execute your writing effectively and successfully in a wide range of contexts.


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