Fall 2019

[The writing teacher] will begin to see the difficulties of so-called writers, writ large. For the problems of getting an idea and beginning to write, of remembering where one is going as sentence generates sentence, of sustaining the tension between being right and readable and being oneself—these are problems few writers escape”     

-Mina Shaughnessy, Errors and Expectations


Writing Program Director:  Dr. Carrie Hall

English Department, Namm 511
Office Hours: Tues 2-5, Weds 1-4, Thurs 2-5 or by appt. 


The First Year Writing sequence comprises ENG 1101 and ENG 1121. ENG 1101 is a prerequisite for all students at City Tech and the majority of students also take ENG 1121. The courses are designed to put students in touch with their own processes of thinking, writing, experiencing, and interacting with their environments–all components that are essential to the composing process.


As of the start of academic year 2018/2019 the Writing Program is developing a project to ensure curricular consistency across all sections of composition courses through a combination of common readings and assignments that are linked to instructor choice. To this end, faculty teaching ENG 1101 and ENG 1121 should be aware that the we anticipate that the incorporation of metacognition will be a major component of the common curriculum. As a component of their writing projects at the beginning, throughout, and at the end of the semester, students reflect on their writing and reading practices. They attend to their habits of mind, attitudes, and dispositions as they relate to themselves as writers and readers and are also provided with the opportunity to discuss and share their discoveries with their writing communities. Students are given the opportunities and the required time to investigate and document their own writerly and readerly growth.  

How the Courses Function

In first year composition, students are introduced to the processes, rhetorical situations, structures and registers of college writing and reading.  The courses incorporate a wide range of writing assignments, scaffolded to build upon previous knowledge and experience.  Students use writing as a platform to discover, to remember, to hypothesize, to extrapolate, and to investigate. Students write across analogue and digital platforms and are introduced to genre conventions and their related communities. The courses serve as a training ground for engaging with college writing assignments and critical reading practices, textual analysis, critical thinking, and composing and revision processes. First Year Writing also provides students with the literacy practices to become engaged and invested citizens.

Types of Writing

Types of writing include literacy narratives, discourse community investigations, personal writing, argumentation, web-based multimodal projects, exploratory essays, bibliographies, poster presentations, research essays, editorials, personal profiles, interviews, ethnography, proposals, abstracts, reading response, summaries, epistolary, social media platforms, writer’s statements, and reflections.  Faculty are encouraged to make use of the OpenLab for their writing courses.