Writing in College

Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing

by Joseph M. Williams and Lawrence McEnerney

Lawrence McEnerney is Director of the University of Chicago Writing Program. Joseph M. Williams (1933-2008) was Professor of English Language and Literature and the founder of the University of Chicago Writing Program.

This guide is intended to help first and second year students at the University of Chicago write effective papers in the Humanities Core and Social Sciences Core.  If you wish to learn more about the principles of organization and argumentation you find here, you may consult with your Humanities Intern in your first year.  After your first year, you may take the Writing Program's advanced course in academic and professional writing, the Little Red Schoolhouse (aka Academic and Professional Writing, English 13000/33000)

Contents to "Writing in College"

I.  Some crucial differences between high school and college writing

II. Preparing to write and drafting the paper

III. A strategy for analyzing and revising a first draft

IV. Revising the introduction and conclusion, and polishing the draft

V. But what if you get stuck? A good solution and a terrible solution

Go to Part I