Writing Fellows Program Courses

The Writing Fellows Program offers cadets who have demonstrated exceptional promise as writers and communicators to undertake a progressive sequence of multipurpose courses that prepare them not only to work with fellow cadets individually and in small group workshops in the Writing Center but also to develop as teacher-scholars in their own right who author permanent contributions to writing resources at USMA and greater academia.

Enrollment in these courses is by invitation only. WR303 is open to yearlings and cows; WR313 should be completed within two semesters of WR303. Subsequent to completion of both courses, cadets may petition to become Senior Writing Fellows and continue in the Writing Fellows Program and as consultants in the Mounger Writing Center as circumstances allow.

In WR303: Writing Process & Pedagogy (3.0 CH), cadets undertake (a) rigorous study of foundational and contemporary scholarship in college writing and its teaching; (b) individual mentorships with experienced faculty teaching core courses that have significant writing components; (c) peer consultations at the Writing Center in which Fellows work individually with cadets with writing assignments across the USMA curriculum. Fellows grow professionally as scholars and teachers through a range of carefully scaffolded writing and communications assignments—including reflective journals, an annotated bibliography, client reports, peer assessments, and consulting challenges presentations—that culminate in the production of a conference-length researched essay.

In WR313: Advanced Writing Pedagogy (2.0 CH), cadets build on their work from WR303 by developing scholarly abstracts for work to be published or presented at academic conferences as well as by taking on greater roles in the governance of the Program. The centerpiece of the course involves an independent project that includes a group workshop and multimodal writing guide. As in WR303, every aspect of this course emphasizes the cultivation of a professional ethic according to which Writing Fellows work to grow as writers themselves while also strategizing ways to teach, lead, and inspire others.

Since 2014, the Writing Fellows Program has also annually sponsored an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) seminar, "Writing Today," in conjunction with the Department of English and Philosophy that is open to all cadets. (Preference is given to Cadet Writing Fellows and cadets with demonstrated interests in developing as writers). In "Writing Today," cadets travel to Washington D.C. to engage in a two-week residential study of the vital roles that writing and its teaching play today in university educations, varied professional workplaces and public policy, and the lives of Army officers and veterans.