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!

Michael McNally was enrolled in WRT 201 in the Spring of 2014, a course in Writing Argumentative and Persuasive Texts.  For Dr. Reynolds’ section, students were asked to produce a final argument that used multimodal elements to deliver the claim and evidence.  A native of Vermont, Michael argues in this video how progressive his home state is for foodies or locavores.

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: Writing for Community Service
Instructor: Caroline Gottschalk Druschke
Writing for Community Service, is offered both spring and fall semesters and serves as both a General Education (ECw) course and as an elective for Writing & Rhetoric majors.  Through fieldwork, other research, writing, and design, students work with community partners to produce and deliver any type of text that the organization needs:  reports, proposals, brochures, websites, etc.  As an “UnClassroom” experience, you will leave campus to work on site, at, for example, the Department of Environmental Management.

WRT 388
Writing & Rhetoric will soon be offering a new course, WRT 388, Proposal Writing with G-Tech, which is designed specifically as an UnClassroom experience that involves responding to a professional CFP (call for proposals) sponsored by G-Tech, whose world headquarters are in Providence.  Each semester’s CFP is different, and students work both individually and in teams on both written proposals and oral presentations.

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 Fall 2014, J-Term and Spring 2015 semesters!