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Composition Program/First-year Writing

Writing Center

As a cornerstone in the university’s Pathways to General Education program, the Composition Program’s first-year writing courses (ENGL1105 and ENGL1106) are taken by all Virginia Tech students. These courses give you a strong start, following through on the university’s commitment to sponsoring programs in which all undergraduate students will thrive as inventive, dynamic communicators. Experiences with reading, writing, invention, analysis, and research yield greater confidence and fluency, helping all Hokies achieve their creative and innovative potential.

About the program

Virginia Tech’s Composition Program prepares you to become a more practiced and effective writer, reader, and researcher in and beyond the university. Our curriculum is focused on five key principles in rhetorics, processes, conventions, multimodality, and reflection, as these establish a proven foundation for academic, civic, professional, and personal writing. With ENGL1105’s focus on foundational literacies for academic writing and ENGL1106’s focus on the interdependencies among writing, research design, and inquiry, the program’s nationally respected faculty will guide and support you through the development of three major projects, a presentation, and a course portfolio.

Contact Us

Derek N. Mueller
Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing
Director of Composition
composition@vt.edu

Julie Mengert
Senior Instructor 
Associate Director of Composition
jmengert@vt.edu