UConn Greater Hartford Campus

Situated in and around the historic Hartford Times building, the Greater Hartford campus of UConn features several First-Year Writing Courses. 

ENGL 1004: Introduction to Academic Writing ENGL 1004 classes are smaller than ENGL 1007, 1010, or 1011 classes so they offer students the opportunity for more individualized attention from their instructor. English 1004 prepares students for the work required in ENGL 1007, 1010 or 1011, as well as future courses outside of English, by introducing them to a range of composition modes, including written, visual, and audio composition practices. In ENGL 1004, students can expect to write traditional essays, create annotated bibliographies, develop infographics, create podcasts, and explore the many other ways to use different mediums to communicate ideas to specific audiences. In English 1004, students engage in the different steps of the writing process as they draft and revise their work and give and receive feedback from their peers. Engagement with and reflection on these and related composition practices prepare students for the work expected in ENGL 1007, 1010, or 1011.

ENGL 1010: Seminar in Academic Writing and ENGL 1011: Seminar: Writing Through Literature (Both courses will only be offered in Fall 2021) UConn’s ENGL 1010 and 1011 seminars are characterized by collaborative, student-driven inquiry. As a part of a student’s general education, these courses prepare students for future academic work by asking them to use writing to contribute to active academic conversations across various media. The instructor in an FYW seminar provides a site and offers contexts with assigned texts, central questions, and directed discussion for the development of this ongoing work. Through cycles of writing, feedback, and reflection, students work on projects in which they select and define places where they might advance the class conversation. Writing projects in either course will be grounded in a course-long inquiry of a fairly specific topic.

Both English 1010 and English 1011 provide students with practice and instruction in academic writing through inquiry-based writing projects, and each course puts emphasis on development and revision of formal assignments that include information literacy, multimodal, and reflective writing components. Although there is considerable overlap in the structure and kinds of projects produced in the two courses, English 1011 gives more attention to literary texts as significant resources for advancing student inquiry. In both courses, the student writing that emerges from these engagements takes precedence over mastery of a body of readings. The goal of a 1010/1011 seminar is to provide a site for students to do the intellectual work of academic writing, including research, drafting, revising, and reflecting.

ENGL 1007: Seminar in Academic Writing and Multimodal Composition (Will be offered in Spring 2022) In ENGL 1007, students are introduced to different modes and approaches to composition and become aware of, and respond to, a variety of rhetorical situations. Our students compose through multiple forms of literacy, including rhetorical, digital, and information literacies necessary for twenty-first-century contexts. Students develop creatively intellectual inquiries through sustained engagement with texts, ideas, and problems. The course includes a studio component that allows for exploratory and creative engagement with a wide set of digital literacies and technologies.

The habits of mind and of composition students learn here transfer to writing in a variety of contexts and disciplines. ENGL 1007 encourages transfer through our course moves, which are specific composition moves writers make in many rhetorical situations or in many disciplines: collecting & curating, engaging, contextualizing, theorizing, and circulating. Our learning objectives describe the long-term habits our students will develop in ENGL 1007 and put to use in later coursework.

For more questions or more information for FYW courses offered at the Hartford Campus, please contact:

Dr. Scott Campbell, Professor of English

Hartford Writing Program Coordinator