College of Arts and Sciences


Western Writing Program

The Writing Program at Western Illinois University is one part of a culture of writing that is shared by disciplines and departments across campus.

During your freshman year at WIU, you will take College Writing I (ENG 180) and at least one writing-intensive General Education course during your freshman year. Some students will take Introduction to Writing (ENG 100) before taking ENG 180 (please see placement information under student resources).

During your sophomore year, you will take College Writing II (ENG 280) and more writing-intensive General Education courses.

During your junior year, you will take a Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course and many majors will require you to take senior seminar or capstone courses that involve writing.


Writing Program Director, Dr. Matthew Gilchrist
Phone: (309) 298-2136