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Writing Intensive Courses


  • WI faculty have completed training workshops in the WAC program.

  • The WI course includes a combination of informal and formal writing assignments to support the teaching of content. This includes in-class as well as out-of-class writing. At least 1-2 of these assignments is a formal writing assignment, depending on the discipline.

  • Students in WI classes receive oral and written feedback on drafts of their writing assignments and projects to encourage revision.


  • A WI instructor may receive support from a WAC Writing Fellow or Instructional Aide in designing assignments and grading rubrics, conferencing with students during the writing process, and providing valuable feedback gleaned from informal writing assignments.

  • A formal writing assignment should reflect a process approach with revision opportunities built into the assignment and evident in the assignment handout.

  • It is recommended that grades from writing assignments constitute 20-70 percent of the grade, depending on the discipline.

  • If possible, WI courses should include peer review, collaborative writing, and a variety of professional writing when appropriate, e.g. patient charts, lab reports, resumes.