Writing Studies provides students with coursework in theories and practices of writing, and representative research in the fields of composition and writing studies. Attention is paid to writing processes in various contexts, from the classroom to non-academic settings. In this study of written discourse as intellectual, social, creative, and educational practice, we ask: what is it that writers do when they write, how does writing ability develop, and how does writing function politically?
We study writing process, language, and making of meaning; rhetorical theory, learning theory, and empirical research in composition; theory, intellectual practice, and the social construction of knowledge--and the implications of all these for writers and teachers. Central to this theoretical work is students’ development of their own writing through seminars in autobiography, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The faculty include composition researchers and theorists as well as writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.