Furman Writing Program
The Writing Program at Furman supports a vibrant culture of writing among both students and faculty. Throughout their four-year experience and in every major, students have numerous opportunities to hone their writing skills. Furman endeavors to train students to write effectively in multiple genres; to choose the right style, medium, and evidence for the situation; and to participate successfully in professional environments after graduation.
While First-Year Writing Seminars introduce students to Furman writing culture, upper-level, writing- and research-intensive courses offered throughout the university hone these skills. Many majors also incorporate a senior capstone/research experience that allows students to demonstrate proficiency in their chosen academic field.
First-Year Writing Seminars
Furman is one of only five schools in the nation with a twelve-student first-year writing seminar, allowing your professor to offer individual attention to your writing process. Professors teach specialized seminars with a broad range of topics, for instance: “Southern Women: Black and White,” “Global Water Issues,” and “Medicine, Morality, and Culture.” Find out more.
Furman prioritizes the development of writing and research skills during all four years. Writing/Research (W/R) requirement courses, capped at eighteen students, are offered throughout the university, and students may fulfill the W/R requirement in any department. Compared to the FYW, W/R courses–tailored to specific academic disciplines–provide more advanced, intensive research and writing opportunities. W/R classes feature a major writing project focused on the research methods, questions, and writing conventions within a particular field of study, with students conducting research in and writing for a disciplinary-specific audience. Semester course listings indicate which classes are being offered as W/R that term.
Writing and Multimedia Consultation
The Writing and Media Lab, located in the ground floor of the James B. Duke Library, is staffed by trained undergraduate peer consultants from assorted majors. Student consultants provide individualized assistance with both writing and multimedia class assignments. Visit The Writing and Media Lab.
For Faculty: Course Development and Pedagogical Support
The Writing Program also works directly with faculty members, helping them to improve their pedagogical skills and promoting conversation and community among writing instructors through the Faculty Writing Fellows program, pedagogical workshops, individual consultations for course and assignment development and troubleshooting, and class visits with followup discussion. If faculty would like more information about these events and services, please contact Margaret Oakes, the Director of the Writing Program.
The “Instructional Guidelines and Procedures” for teaching the FYW are available to FYW faculty, as well as pedagogical resources such as sample syllabi and assignments, in Box folders in MyFurman. If you are a faculty member and would like access to these folders, please contact Margaret Oakes.
Faculty can also find help with multimedia class projects and assignments through The Writing and Media Lab.