First-Year Writing Courses (W1s)

Our First-Year Writing Courses are small, writing-intensive courses taught by faculty across the curriculum.  These courses are designed to introduce students to the rigorous culture of writing at Colby and to provide practice with expository writing, careful reading, and critical analysis. W1 courses introduce students to the processes and tools they will need as writers throughout their college careers.

To that end, W1 courses share several features:

  • strong emphasis on drafting, argument development, and revision;
  • close focus on individual writing skills and needs;
  • required writing in a variety of forms;
  • frequent professor and peer feedback;
  • exploration of the ethical, critical, and formal expectations for college-level writing

See the course descriptions for all of the Spring 2015 W1 classes. 

Upper-Level, Writing-Intensive Courses (W2s and W3s)

Upper-level, writing-intensive courses introduce students to field-specific writing and research practices and use writing to investigate issues in the disciplines. In these courses, students will be taught, not just assigned, writing and research practices appropriate to their major field(s) of study. Intermediate-level W2 courses are 200- or 300-level courses that build on the W1s and introduce students to the methods, key questions, and common forms of writing in the discipline or interdisciplinary area for their major(s). W3 experiences are 300- or 400-level courses that provide practice in advanced writing and research and build on the goals and understandings for W1 and, normally, W2 courses. For pedagogical reasons, the recommended course cap is 18 students.

At a minimum, students in these courses will:

  • write regularly throughout the semester;
  • discuss their writing in class and with peers;
  • revise their work in response to feedback from their professors and peers; and
  • learn the purposes, forms, and conventions of writing in the field of study.

Colby Writing Program Courses

Professors Stacey Sheriff and Paula Harrington teach a variety of writing-intensive courses:

  • English 111: Expository Writing Workshop (3 credits)
  • English 112: Individual Writers’ Workshop (1 credit)
  • English 114: Global English (W1 and 4 credits)
  • English 115: English Composition (W1 and 4 credits)
  • English 214: Tutoring Writing in Theory and Practice (4 credits, required for writing tutors)
  • English 397f: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric (W2 and 4 credits)
  • English 491/492: Independent Study in Rhetoric & Composition (1 to 4 credits)

Please consult the college catalogue for current descriptions and schedules.