First Year Writing and Rhetoric

A student gives a presentation for a the ITALIC 91 class, part of ITALIC (Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture), a residential learning program for freshmen. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

About the Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Courses in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) are carefully designed to offer richly diverse intellectual experiences based on shared assignments, goals, and learning outcomes.

PWR Logistics

The basic structure of PWR courses -- in particular, the assignment sequence -- does not vary from section to section, but each instructor builds on this shared core, designing class materials and activities and choosing readings to develop a unique course. This allows PWR courses to be as diverse as the instructors and students who bring them to life, while maintaining consistency across sections in key areas: assignment sequence, student workload, grading practices, and emphasis on rhetorical knowledge and skill.

About PWR 1 Courses