Welcome to the Minor in Writing!

Dear Minor in Writing Students,

Welcome to Sweetland’s Minor in Writing.  We are delighted that you will be taking part in this exciting new program.  WRITING 220, the gateway course, will prepare you for your journey through the Minor.  In addition, a member of our faculty will serve as your advisor from this fall until you complete the Minor by taking WRITING 400 and submitting your capstone electronic portfolio.

As you know, the Minor in Writing is designed to help you develop your ability to write effectively across disciplines, respond to a variety of writing situations, reflect on your writing practices, and build a rhetorically savvy electronic portfolio demonstrating your skills as a writer.  You will begin building your portfolio in WRITING 220.  Throughout the Minor in Writing you will save writing artifacts in an online archive from which you will choose the work to include in your electronic portfolio.  You will find information about the portfolio and archive on the Nuts & Bolts page of this blog.

To help you achieve your goals and assure your progress through the portfolio building process, you will meet at least once each semester with your advisor to plan, assess your progress, and get answers to any questions you may have.  You will be able to make an appointment with your advisor through the Sweetland Center for Writing online appointment scheduling page for undergraduate advising.  You will also have the benefit of continuing contact with a cohort of other students in the Minor through a regular group meeting each semester and a shared Minor in Writing blog.

We look forward to working with you!

Naomi Silver

This semester, you'll find me blogging and creating eportfolios with my Sweetland Minor in Writing gateway course students.

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