The goal of the First-Year Writing Program is to help students recognize the relations
among language, knowledge, and meaning.
The First-Year Writing Program at the University of Memphis is a two-course sequence
that emphasizes the analytical and research strategies that encourage students to
become thoughtful readers and effective writers who understand how writers make meaning
through language. English 1010 introduces students to writing as a subject of study
and explores the choices writers make to shape messages for particular audiences.
English 1020 further enhances the skills of assessing audience, purpose, and structures
that allow students to construct arguments and compose effective researched essays.
Joseph Jones, PhD
Director of First-Year Writing
Rhonda R. Powers
Assistant Director of First-Year Writing
Graduate Assistant for First-Year Writing