ERIC Number: ED215365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Development of a Writing Program: Obstacles and Possibilities.
Meagher, E. M.
The development of a college writing program can offer many challenges to a program director drawn from the ranks of the English faculty. The discipline of writing, an act of production, is both scorned and clutched by faculty who have been trained to analyze literature, an act of perception. Literature specialists, to be qualified to teach writing, need to study the composing process and to attack every aspect of writing and the teaching of writing with creative and inquiring minds. In addition, the director of the writing program should have training in rhetoric to develop an intellectually sound writing program and should address a variety of program-planning tasks, including the proper placement of freshmen in writing courses, the designing and implementing of a freshmen sequence of writing courses, and the training of part-time faculty and graduate assistants. A program director should also involve members of the college faculty on a composition committee to act as formal advisors. A writing director acting alone will accomplish little of lasting value, but with the support of the English department and the university administration, a director can initiate a writing across the curriculum program, install a solid placement program for English education majors, and have a clear say in the selection of new writing faculty. (AEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing across the Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (13th, Houston, TX, April 15-17, 1982).