Writing & Rhetoric

Writing & Rhetoric


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.

Created in 1979, The College Writing Program became an independent academic unit in 2003 and was re-named the Department of Writing & Rhetoric in 2010. The B.A. degree in Writing & Rhetoric, established in 2006, was one of the first of its kind and offers experiential learning as well as client-based writing opportunities. Serving over 3,500 students per year, the department offers several courses that fulfill general education requirements for all URI students. Some of our most popular courses include Travel Writing, Writing Culture, and Writing in Electronic Environments.

Join us. We look forward to working with you.

Featured Course for Spring 2017

WRT 388: Proposal Writing for Clients

WRT 388 is an experiential learning course focused on writing proposals and grants in response to specific requests for proposals (RFPs) designed by an actual client (local corporation or non-profit). Authentic workplace writing; teamwork required. Taught jointly by a URI instructor and a professional proposal writer employed by IGT (International Game Technology). Students enrolled in the course are eligible to apply for a paid summer internship with IGT. (Lecture, 3 credit hours.)

Attention All Majors!

The Linda K. Shamoon Scholarship for Public Writing is awarded annually in the spring to a student who has successfully engaged the public through a writing project. The amount of the award varies, but past winners have received $300. Faculty nominate students for their outstanding work in public writing. While those who complete WRT303 (Public Writing) are automatically good candidates for this award, it can also be awarded to students in other courses who meet the below criteria.

“An award for a sophomore or junior who is committed to public writing/community action and who has a deep understanding of rhetoric as a social good. This student will have demonstrated a willingness to go outside of the classroom and use his or her writing to change actual rules, ordinances, or laws.”