The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Writing, Identity, and Power

Writing, Identity, and Power (ENGLWRIT 111; formerly called Basic Writing) is an intensive reading and writing course designed for students who need additional preparation before taking College Writing. This four-credit course is a part of General Education at University of Massachusetts Amherst, carrying Interdisciplinary (I) and Diversity: United States (DU) designations, and it is overseen by the University Writing Committee, which reviews first-year writing at the University every five years.

Englwrit 111 courses at UMass share the following objectives for students:

  • To explore different disciplinary perspectives on writing, language, and literacy;
  • To understand that writing is socially and culturally situated, and that the ways in which writing practices are valued are tied to larger systems of power and privilege;
  • To become familiar with practices used in process-oriented writing courses at UMass Amherst (drafting, revision, copyediting, peer response, etc.);
  • To experiment with practices used in different academic disciplines, such as close reading and forms of qualitative research;
  • To practice respectful and ethical ways of engaging with others’ ideas, working with both peers’ and published authors’ writing;
  • To develop a line of intellectual inquiry through reading, writing, and original research;
  • To produce polished pieces that take into account conventions of grammar and style as well as the affordances of different modes of communication; and
  • To become familiar with composing technologies (word processing, digital publication, etc.) available to UMass Amherst students.

These courses use Open Educational Resources and/or library content.

For assistance enrolling in Writing, Identity, and Power or more information about this course, please contact Anne Bello, Deputy Director of the Writing Program.