As Writing Director at Grove City College, I am responsible for overseeing the composition and professional writing course curriculum and managing the Writing Center. If you would like to discuss the Writing Program, please email me using the contact form.
The Writing Program
The writing curriculum has been designed with the interests and needs of the student in mind. The various courses offered prepare students for various academic writing challenges and train students to be effective communicators and thinkers in their personal lives and professional careers. It is important that students begin to understand writing as a skill that can be learned and a craft that can be improved through practice. By “learning how to write,” students also learn how to think critically about language and its uses, and as a result, they become better prepared to use language effectively and responsibly in their lives.
We encourage our writing teachers to be as creative as possible in the classroom to achieve the goals stated above. Although the various courses are taught in different ways, our teachers share certain instructional practices and approaches:
- Instruction: Our teachers emphasize that there are multiple writing styles and practices and that it is up to the student to learn how to identify the requirements of a writing context and to shape her writing accordingly. In other words, we emphasize that writing involves decision making, and we encourage our students to take responsibility for their writing choices. Emphasizing the processes of writing is a key strategy for such a pedagogy. Teachers try to empower their students to experience the authority that should accompany authorship.
- Process-Oriented Instruction: One key goal of our curriculum is to help students view themselves as writers and to begin analyzing their writing practices and processes. Process-oriented instruction is, of course, nothing new; but too often students are made to feel that they have no accepted writing practice (because it doesn’t appear in a text book) or that there is only one correct or best writing process. Invention, planning, drafting, and revision occur in a number of ways, and we try to introduce students to some possibilities. But mainly, our goal is to encourage students to become self-reflexive writers, to analyze their writing processes, and to develop more effective writing habits.
- Real-Life Application: It is crucial for any technical institute to make academics as applicable to the “real world” as possible; therefore, our writing teachers strive to prepare students for classroom writing (essay exams, term papers, lab reports, critical analysis) and professional writing (resumes, business letters, inter-office communication, creative writing, journalism). And now in the supposed end of the age of print, it is crucial that our students become familiar with electronic discourses and literacy. For this reason, our composition and professional writing (business, technical, and report writing) courses are taught in computer classroom labs.
- College Composition
- Technical Writing
The Writing Center
The Writing Center serves the GCC community, providing tutorial assistance for all types of writing assignments and tasks. Come to the Writing Center and speak with peer tutors about your writing. We can help you brainstorm your assignment, review a draft, develop your ideas, and address grammar questions.