Teaching Discipline-Specific Writing: Resources and Advice

By Laura Rosche,  IWP Intern, RTW MA Student

The best piece of teaching advice I ever heard with regards to composition was simple.

In his article, “Ranking, Evaluating, and Liking: Sorting out Three Forms of Judgment,” Peter Elbow, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, writes, “Good writing teachers like student writing” (200).

It seems so obvious to me in retrospect. I am a better teacher when I am enjoying my students’ writing because I feel more capable of being constructive rather than critical. Continue reading


What’s Next: The Evolving IWP Identity

Rachel Stevens, IWP Intern, MA RTW & TESL Certificate Student

I will return to issues of student identities in future posts, but this week I would like to talk about another identity: the Interdisciplinary Writing Program’s. Continue reading

Embracing International Identities

By Laura Rosche, IWP Intern, RTW MA Student

Last year, I had the incredible opportunity to teach a course called English 100, a class that’s designed in favor of one-on-one student writing instruction. For two hours every week, I worked closely with Jiang, a graduating Senior from Beijing. At first, we talked about school. He was in a poetry class and needed help writing in English the feelings that came so quickly to him in Chinese. He would get frustrated because he didn’t have the right words, but he did have the ideas. Continue reading

UVGS: Final Thoughts

By Marisa Incremona, IWP Intern, Sophomore Extraordinaire

The first-ever IWP Undergraduate Video Game Symposium (UVGS) is complete!

Ask anyone, and I’m sure they’d tell you what a great day it was. The day ended with guest speaker, Erik Kain. Kain discussed a bit of his background and how he ended up at Forbes, which was mainly due to chance. One point that he stressed was the business side of writing. Writing proficiency is not enough to land a job, Kain argues, but rather who you know and how you brand yourself. Continue reading