The ESF Writing Program (EWP)
The ESF Writing Program oversees a group of related activities to identify and address the literacy needs of the ESF campus. In addition to offering courses in composition, technical writing, literature, and speech, the Writing Program is involved with community efforts such as ESF in High School and Service-Learning.
The Writing Program offers individual writing help for undergraduate students through the Writing Resource Center. The EWP Public Speaking Lab supports undergraduate students as they develop their speaking skills. Students from any department on campus may choose the Environmental Writing and Rhetoric Minor.
In an effort to improve the communication of our students, ESF Writing Program faculty are directly involved with various writing activities on campus to promote an awareness of writing and to encourage an engagement with writing on multiple levels.
The ESF Writing Program aims to improve the quality of writing on campus, create student awareness of rhetorical considerations, and establish an atmosphere that values effective writing while encouraging creativity and critique, research and reflection. We emphasize writing in a context as part of a community. In each of our courses and in our related activities, we hope to promote critical thinking, critical reading, and critical writing skills.
From Writing Program Faculty
- Writing Program offers Public Speaking Lab
- Reading and Writing Class: A Case Study on Literacy and Social Opportunity. Journal article by Benette Whitmore, PhD
- Best Practices: Thoughts on a Flash Mob Mentality. Journal article by Janine DeBaise
- Social Media in the Writing Classroom
- Learn Like an Arachnid. Journal Article by Janine DeBaise
- ESF Students Teach 5th-Graders About Healthy Food Choices
- Writers with a Purpose. Essay by Benette Whitmore
- Building and Sustaining Learning Communites: Chapter by Janine DeBaise and Julie R. White
The ESF Writing Program staff includes a director, three full-time faculty, and a number of visiting instructors. The Writing Resource Center is staffed by two graduate assistants and a staff of peer tutors.