English and Journalism

Western Writing Program

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Welcome to the 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. 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 below).

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.

Answers to the most common student questions, as well as links to writing resources, can be found below in the Student Resources column.

For more information on our program, please view our Guiding Principles, the Western Writing Program Philosophy, and our Writing Faculty. This Fall 2014 our program is piloting new curriculum. Please feel free to browse the goals and objectives for Pilot 100, Pilot 180, and Pilot 280.

To read student essays, please visit our online publication, Western Voices.


  • Writing Program Director, Dr. Magdelyn Hammond Helwig
    Phone: (309) 298-2136
    Email: mh-helwig@wiu.edu
  • Writing Program Secretary, Judi Hardin
    Phone: (309) 298-2813
    Email: jl-hardin@wiu.edu

Faculty Resources