Writing & Rhetoric

Writing & Rhetoric


The Writing That Gets Things Done

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric is a particularly exciting place to be. The Writing half of our name emphasizes the finer points of process, craft, and delivery, offering multiple opportunities for practice, feedback, and guidance. The Rhetoric half stresses the always situational and often public nature of our work, be it professional, academic, or technical. Together, Writing & Rhetoric is writing that gets things done: it is writing with consequences. In all that we do – our teaching and learning, our research and scholarship, our outreach and service – we balance these two important elements. Join us. We look forward to working with you.

See what our students are up to!

Writing and Rhetoric student Chloe Simpson has been working creatively in her Electronic Media Programming class, COM340. Simpson and her classmates were tasked with creating a video that would “Go Viral.” With just under a month to complete, the entire class worked together to create this video about Autism Awareness.

Students in Marcy Isabella’s WRT 104, Writing to Inform and Explain, were tasked with creating a Public Service Announcement. Alison Duchesne, Jamie Martin, Shannon Meade, and Katie Preuhs collaborated on this PSA that addresses hunger in the United States.

For their section of WRT/EDC 435, the Teaching of Writing, students were asked to create an exciting and original project that would spread the word on plagiarism in hopes of preventing it. Professor Kim Hensley-Owens informed her class that it was preferred the students would “focus on positive reasons to cite sources, rather than emphasizing punitive consequences for not doing so.” One of the students in the class who happened to be a Writing & Rhetoric major, Emma Haney, created this video, claiming, “I think that positive lessons are always more effective than negative ones—and that in learning how to write and cite it’s important for teachers to encourage original work by their students—because it’s the original ideas that are valuable.”

Check out our UnClassroom Course Offerings!

UnClassroom courses prepare students for the fast-paced, collaborative, and creative work environments in which they will enter upon graduation. These classes entail real-world projects with a partner from a business, non-profit, social service, or other organization where students will assist in the creation of communication campaigns, videos, websites, and more.

WRT304: RI Department of Environmental Management
Instructor: Caroline Gottschalk Druschke
Science communication rocks! Students help the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) better connect with the people they serve. Students work collaboratively to create content for social media outlets and develop profiles of successful RIDEM community projects, addressing issues like storm water and beach closures.

WRT 385: GTECH
Instructor: Tom Gidley
Learn how writing helps get things done! Collaborate in writing, managing, producing complex business proposals that help GTECH win contracts and generate funding. Bring your creative imagination, resourcefulness, teamwork, a sense of accountability, a healthy competitive spirit, and a commitment to hard but rewarding work. Class culminates in the selection of two students who receive paid internships at GTECH.

Featured Course Offer!

WRT353: Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy
This course trains undergrads, from as many departments or majors as possible, to be tutors or consultants. Those with a B+ or higher are eligible to tutor in the Writing Center for pay. Sections of WRT353 are open for enrollment during the both the J-Term and Spring 2014 semesters!