Writing Center

FYS Resources

At Washington College, the First Year Seminar introduces students to essential elements of academic thought and culture: critical inquiry, rhetorical knowledge, writing and revision, and knowledge of conventions.

For further guidance on making rhetorically significant choices in your FYS assignments, we recommend the following resources.

Critical Inquiry: research and citation

Rhetorical Knowledge: argumentation

Writing Process: composition, revision

  • The Craft of Research: Part IV (Writing Your Argument)
  • The Writing Center: A great place to anticipate your readers’ responses with real readers. Make an appointment for any stage of the writing process, from initial ideas (and no writing) to rough draft to editing a final draft.
  • Purdue OWL: See this section on the Writing Process, including outlining and developing thesis statements.

Conventions: grammar, style

Publication: emulation, presentation

  • Washington College Review. Our own WCR, publishing student work from our Writing Program, includes the Critical Inquiry section that features writing from the FYS (W1 requirement). Take a look at strong writing from recent FYS courses and consider submitting to the WCR in the future.
  • For help with the oral presentation of your work, The Writing Center offers additional guidance developing, designing, and delivering presentations. To make an appointment, log in to the Writing Center’s online schedule and select Presentation Consultant from the “Limit To” drop-down menu at the top of the page.