Program in Writing and Rhetoric: For Students

If you’re reading this, you’re probably enrolled in a course administered through the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at William Paterson University.  We recognize the importance of writing in the academic, personal, and professional lives of our students.  The University Core Curriculum encourages writing in many of the courses you will take, and the mission of our program is to help in that process, as well as help you use writing as an effective life-long learning tool.  Whether you’re enrolled in English 1080, 1100 1500, or planning to take one of these courses, we hope you'll find the information you're looking for on this page! 

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Dr. Chris Weaver, Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Atrium 246, (973) 720-2913

Amanda O'Donnell, Writing Program Coordinator, Atrium 242, (973) 720-3066

Kim Heisler, Secretary, English Department, Atrium 242, (973) 720-2254

Course  Information:

ENG-1100 College Writing  Course Description:

Students will produce essays in a variety of rhetorical modes (such as argumentation or exposition) and genres, using writing to explore ideas, observations and experiences. Students will share their writing with their peers, receive feedback on drafts, and revise as they progress through process-driven writing. 

ENG-1500 Experiences in Literature Course Description:

This course will develop students’ appreciation and understanding of literature and challenge them to explore a variety of issues (social, historical, geographical, ethnic, political) through reading, writing, and discussion of literary texts. These texts may vary by genre, historical period, or country of origin, but the goal of the course is to provide students with the skills necessary to understand how literary form produces meaning.

Program Information:

  • Writing Center
  • Attendance: Because this is a workshop course requiring regular attendance and participation, the policy of the William Paterson University Writing Program is that students may not have more than five absences in the case of classes that meet twice a week, or three absences in the case of classes that meet once a week.   If you have more absences than this, you will automatically receive an "F."  No distinction will be made between “excused” or “unexcused” absences.  Students are strongly advised to save absences in case of an emergency.
  • Plagiarism and Ethical Issues: Plagiarism is the copying from a book, article, notebook, video, or other source material, whether published or unpublished, without proper credit through the use of quotation marks, footnotes, and other customary means of identifying sources, or passing off as one’s own the ideas, words, writings, programs, and experiments of another, whether such actions are intentional or unintentional. Plagiarism also includes submitting, without the consent of the professor, an assignment already tendered for academic credit in another course. Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences, which may include failing the assignment, failing the course, disciplinary action, or even expulsion from the University.