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Director of Composition

Dr. Shevaun Watson

Welcome to the Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Blugold Seminar is one of the ways that students can fulfill the University Writing Requirement.

The first-year writing program at UW-Eau Claire is in the midst of some exciting changes. Thanks to the Blugold Commitment, the English Department is re-envisioning the teaching of college writing on this campus. During 2011-2012, we piloted our new version of ENGL 110, the Blugold Seminar, which offers students a writing-intensive, inquiry-based introduction to the intellectual work and writing demands of college. 

Starting in the fall of 2013, English 110 and 112 will be replaced by a new course array: WRIT 114, 116, 118, and 120. I invite you to peruse the courses sections we've offered in the past and will be offering in the fall.

The Blugold Seminar curriculum is based on current research in writing studies, pedagogical best practices, and input from faculty and students across campus about interdisciplinary writing needs. The Blugold Seminar aims to prepare students not only for writing in their undergraduate courses but also for writing situations beyond college.

What's new and different about this composition course?

  • Small class size (Blugold Seminars will be capped at 20-22 students);
  • Standard curriculum (based on four main learning goals: rhetorical knowledge, inquiry and research, writing craft, and digital literacy);
  • Multimedia components (allowing students the opportunity to compose in different media and digital genres);
  • Theme-based (drawing on the expertise of the professors and the interests of the students);
  • Research-oriented (teaching students how to do college-level research and documented writing projects);
  • Rhetoric-focused (providing rhetorical knowledge relevant to all fields and majors).

For more information about the conceptual foundation of the course, please see this excerpt from the 2011-2012 Blugold Guide, "An Introduction to the Course: An Invitation to Join the Conversation." I welcome ideas and comments from students, faculty, and staff.

Shevaun E. Watson