"Imagine a college writing class. Four walls. Maybe a window. A professor standing at a podium at the front of the room, lecturing on sentence structure. Students sitting at small desks in straight rows, taking notes...
Director, SUNY-ESF Writing Program
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, the First Year Experience living/learning community, and Service-Learning. The Writing Program offers individual writing help for students through the Writing Resource Center.
In an effort to improve the communication of our students, ESF Writing Program faculty are directly involved with various writing activities on campus (student readings, advising of student publications, the summer reading program) 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.
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.