First Year Writing Program

Writing I and Writing II are designed to provide students with the tools and confidence to be prepared for the writing situations they will encounter in their other courses at Lasell, in the professional world, and in their personal lives as active and engaged citizens.

Writing I focuses on writing as a process. Students are introduced to a variety of strategies and techniques to use as writers. Writing II builds on what students learn in Writing I and includes an emphasis on research writing:

  • WRT101 Writing I: In this course, students gain understanding of and confidence in strategies for effective writing by composing and reading in a variety of genres. The course emphasizes writing as a process and focuses on the rhetorical choices writers make. Students engage critically with sources by examining how genre, context, purpose, credibility, and bias work together to create meaning and impact audiences. Students who choose to take Writing I Workshop are provided with time during class to work on their writing while the instructor and a writing tutor are present to provide assistance. Students must earn a “C” or higher in order to pass this course.
  • WRT102 Writing II: This course is a continuation of Writing I and focuses on research and public writing. Theme-based courses provide students with lenses to explore issues of interest and develop their reading, research, and writing skills. Students work with a topic of their choice, broadly based on the course theme. Assignments build upon each other, lead up to a researched position paper, and culminate in a public piece. Students who choose to take Writing II Workshop are provided with time during class to work on their writing while the instructor and a writing tutor are present to provide assistance. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in order to pass this course. Prerequisite: WRT 101
  • Writing Placement
  • The Diane Donatio Writing Competition (open to students in Writing I)
  • The Braun Writing Competition (open to students in Writing II)