Writing 1000 has evolved as one way to address the different kinds of scholarly reading, writing and reasoning that students encounter as they begin their university-level studies and prepare to think and write in academic and professional contexts.
Taking an Academic Writing course will help students recognize that writing clearly, concisely, and effectively is a valuable skill that, like any other skill, can be learned and improved. Writing 1000 addresses the wide-range of skills that students at the university-level need to develop to be successful academic readers and writers across the disciplines. The course typically includes theoretical lectures and practical exercises, and it focuses on sentence-skills (punctuation, grammar, common sentence errors, etc.), paragraph development, techniques of summary, analysis, persuasion, information literacy, and ultimately writing research papers, which includes instruction in citation, documentation, plagiarism, annotation, and so forth.