Our composition and rhetoric program is committed to writing as an expression of social justice, civic engagement and community partnership. We frame this work as “imaginative reasoning,” a deeply complex intellectual, creative, and political act. We use the phrase “imaginative reasoning” to capture all the ways we come to know our place, identities, and positions in the world through writing. Reasoning expresses the writer’s ability to understand the complex interplay of logical, emotional, and ethical approaches to literacy, composition, and pedagogy. Toward this end, our undergraduate and graduate students are invited to engage in the radical work of revision, of reframing again and again how we look at the world, at texts, and at ourselves.
Our Core Principles
Community Engagement and Writing Programs
Located in Andrews Hall, the Writing Center offers workshops and free one-on-one consulting to all members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community. Our consultants are experienced writers who are adept at giving meaningful and productive constructive feedback on writing assignments, resumes, research papers, and more.
The Nebraska Writing Project is a network of educators and writers that provides educators, administrators, schools, colleges, and universities with opportunities to improve, enhance and celebrate writing for classrooms and communities. We are the state affiliate of the National Writing Project.
Launched in fall 2012, the Writing Lincoln Initiative is a community outreach program established through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Writing Center. WLI is a dedicated group of graduate students, undergraduates, and community volunteers who partner with writers of all ages and backgrounds to provide a supportive space for writing. WLI volunteers work to meet writers where they are and help them get where they want to go!
WLI is open to anyone who is interested in:
- Supporting students in an after-school writing workshop for kindergartners through fifth graders
- Helping in literacy classes for adult learners
- Developing creative activities for readers and writers of all ages
- Helping develop new community writing sites in and around Lincoln
Husker Writers Program
Husker Writers is a network of high school teachers, college instructors, and community partners who collaborate to sponsor critical and creative literacies, public writing, and meaningful community action beyond the classroom. Teachers selected for the program collaboratively plan curriculum with a local non-profit partner or an instructor at a different institution to create opportunities for students to write for and with public audiences. With grant support from the Coordinating Commission on Postsecondary Education, the program is officially launching in the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, please contact Dr. Rachael Wendler Shah at Wendler.Shah@unl.edu.