Department of English at Illinois State University

The Writing Program at Illinois State

The mission of the First Year Writing Program at Illinois State University is to support the instruction of ENG 101 and ENG 145 courses.  This includes both training instructors in techniques for successful teaching generally, and helping instructors understand the course and program goals.  Our mission also includes the production of course materials and resources for instructors.

The Writing Program at ISU administers two general education writing courses:

  • The ENG 101 series courses, which include ENG 101 and ENG 101.10. The ENG 101 course is part of the university’s core curriculum.  With COMM 110 (a speech communication course), it is part of a two-semester sequence designed to foster specific skills and knowledge for students entering the university.
  • The ENG 145 series courses, which include ENG 145 and ENG 145.13 are intermediate-level composition courses that fulfill writing a requirement for students in programs across the university.

More information about the first year writing program is available at our website:

Information & Resources


The Writing Program at Illinois State offers a variety of first-year writing courses as well as special themed sections of these courses.

Learn more about our first-year writing courses.

Forms and Documents

Locate forms and documents used by the Writing Program.

Learn more about our forms.

Grade Appeals and Concerns

Information about how to appeal a final grade in a Writing Program course and how to express a concern about a Writing Program teacher.

Learn more about grade appeals.


Grassroots Writing Research Journal

The main text for English 101, the Grassroots Writing Research Journal is published twice per year and includes articles by Illinois State students.

Learn more about the Grassroots Research Journal.


University Writing Resources

A list of University resources of interest to students enrolled in a first year writing course.

Learn more about University Writing Resources.

Contact Information

Director of the Writing Program

Professor Joyce Walker
Stevenson 133A
(309) 438-1402
(e-mail Joyce Walker)

Contact Professor Walker for:

  • Questions about the Center for Writing Research and Pedagogy
  • Questions about the Writing Program in general

Assistant Director of the Writing Program

Nancy McKinney
Stevenson 133B
(309) 438-3396
(e-mail Nancy McKinney)

Contact Professor McKinney for

  • Grade Appeals
  • Administrative questions
  • Scheduling issues