UConn Stamford Campus

The Stamford Campus is a train ride away from New York City. At Stamford, the FYW courses are:

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 and communication for specific audiences. In ENGL 1004, students can expect to create a variety of compositions, such as traditional essays, annotated bibliographies, infographics, podcasts, and blogs, which draw on textual, visual, digital, and audio composition practices explored throughout the course. 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 and 1011

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 In ENGL-1007, “Seminar in Academic Writing and Multimodal Composition,” 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 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.

“Seminar in Academic Writing and Multimodal Composition” includes a composition Studio that provides time to engage in collaborative composing and culminates in students’ development of a Digital Learning Portfolio. The Digital Learning Portfolio both archives student work and showcases their skills from both their Seminar and Studio. Throughout the Studio, students and instructors experiment with and apply the cognitive, creative, and technical skills needed for effective communication in a range of modes and through a number of traditional and emergent technologies. Students will receive one grade for the Seminar and Studio together.  

ENGL-1007 may be used to fulfill any course prerequisites satisfied by ENGL 1010 or 1011. ENGL-1007 is a four-credit course.

For questions or more information about FYW at the Stamford Campus, please contact

Dr. Paige Walker, Assistant Professor-in-Residence

First-Year Writing Liaison