To prepare students for the reading and writing requirements of college, Blackburn’s First Year Writing program immerses students in the kinds of writing and critical thinking necessary for success in college.
In WR 111 students practice critical reading skills, writing in standard academic genres (summary, compare/contrast, analysis), and working collaboratively on both written work and oral presentations.
WR 112 focuses on analyzing and synthesizing cultural texts; the course culminates in a research paper using the skills learned throughout the sequence.
Throughout the first year writing sequence students are concurrently enrolled in WR 101/102, a peer writing studio in which they meet outside of class once a week to work on assignments for WR 111/112. Writing studios are led by trained writing tutors who also hold open tutoring hours in the Writer’s Block, the college’s writing center.
To celebrate students’ completion of the first year writing program, the department hosts the annual First Year Writing Awards Happy Hour. Awards are given in the following categories: Most Improved Writing, Best Overall Writing, Most Valuable Class Participant, and Most Valuable Studio Member.
Students also have access to general tutoring services provided through the Lumpkin Learning Commons.