Writing Courses

You may be returning to school after years of writing reports for business or government. You may want to learn more about ways to write a paper based on sources. Maybe you want to strengthen your voice and/or learn how to develop a strong thesis statement. Whatever the case may be with your writing, the courses offered by the Writing Program (WP) are designed to help move your writing forward - and to help you better understand the role of academic writer as a communicator and/or facilitator of ideas.

2011 Schedule of Writing Courses

2012 Schedule of Writing Courses

Courses carry 4 credits each and are offered to all graduate learners in all schools. For Schools who use 5 credit hours per course, a lab is offered in conjunction with the courses. In this lab, learners work with writing program tutors to advance the instruction offered in the primary, 4-hour writing courses. While these labs are currently offered only to those specific 5-credit programs, accommodations can be made for learners in any School who wish to register for the additional support offered in the writing labs. The courses are not remedial; they are geared for graduate-level writers who want to increase the overall effectiveness of their writing.

The WP strongly encourages learners to experience at least one of the Writing Courses before they journey into their comprehensives and dissertations.

What they Do

Each course is grounded in the idea that writing is a process. They emphasize relationships between critical thinking, reading and writing skills. The courses guide learners to think about an area of study as a conversation among scholars, and helps them understand how to enter that conversation through locating sources, reading critically, and using other scholars' voices as the raw materials to build the presentation of your paper.

Who Should Take Them

If you enjoy the challenge of creating and responding to strong writing, you will enjoy these courses. If you want your course writing to be more than just an academic exercise, you will benefit from these courses. If you recognize or perhaps have been told that your writing is good, but could be better - these courses are for you. Any writer who wants to take on the rigors of academic writing will benefit from these courses. More specifically, those who have grown from taking these writing courses have been:

  • Learners who are early in their coursework and want tools to write effective course papers
  • Learners who feel their writing does not reflect critical thinking
  • Learners who want to strengthen their ability to develop a thesis, critique/evaluate sources, integrate sources, write multiple drafts, etc.
  • Learners who are self-motivated to improve their writing

The Benefits of Writing Courses

Writing courses offer learners the opportunity to recognize strengths and identify weaknesses in their writing - in the supportive company of fellow Capella learners and a trained writing instructor. For some writing comes easy, yet for others writing can be a chronic struggle. These writing courses provide a place to focus on how you approach writing about a topic, and how you go about conducting a literature review and/or how you sustain your voice when writing based on sources. The objective of each course is to deal with uncertainties that may be getting in the way of what could be a smoother, more confident writing process and a more effective product.

Again, these courses are not remedial; they are designed for self-motivated graduate writers who want to nudge - or launch - their writing up a level.

For those with an insatiable appetite for more details about writing courses offered by the Writing Program contact us at WritingCourses@capella.edu.