The Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry

We are a diverse community of teachers and scholars who offer UAlbany's first-year students a rigorous introduction to the work of writing and thinking in college.

Our 25 full-time faculty members are experts in helping students to become effective, lifelong learners by connecting writing practices to the process of critical thinking.

Our first-year writing seminar, Writing and Critical Inquiry (UUNI 110), is a dynamic learning environment where students benefit from small classes and one-on-one interactions with their instructor. Writing and Critical Inquiry is a required course for all incoming first-year students and fulfills the general education requirement for writing and critical inquiry. If you're a student who will be taking WCI, click here!

WCI's own Rae Muhlstock is interviewed by The Alt on the topic of how studying zombies can help us build knowledge and community. For the full interview, click the following link: "UAlbany professor uses zombies to educate and build community"

Moriah Hampton to read at Campus Equity event on October 31, in Fine Arts building, room 223, from 4-7pm. 

On November 2 at 3:30pm, Dr. Rae Muhlstock will offer a lecture and workshop at the Nano College about writing personal statements for graduate school applications.

Moriah Hampton's story, "Prime View," recently appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review. http://www.hamiltonstone.org/hsr37.html

The Zombies Are Coming 2: Return of the Festival, Thursday Oct 26-Sunday Oct 29, Madison Theater. See WCI Events page for details, or click the following link for an enhanced schedule of events.

Amanda Giracca, Bethany Aery Clerico, Sarah Giragosian, Marcie Newton, and Peter Monaco recently presented "The Value of Student Writing: Re-Conceiving the Writing Contest as Collaborative Inquiry Among Faculty and Students in a First-Year Writing Program" at the 2017 SUNY Council on Writing Conference in Syracuse.

Peter Monaco will give a paper at the Mid-West Modern Language Association Conference in Cincinnati, OH this November titled "Youth Against Fascism: Image, Immanence, and Activism in Contemporary Comics."

WCI open house event welcomes all to our new home in LI B. 

Queer Fish, a book of poetry by Sarah Giragosian, has just recently been released by Dream Horse Press. Sarah's book is the recipient of the American Poetry Journal Book prize.

Announcing the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions for the Spring, 2017 WCI Writing Contest. 

Writing with the Stars 

Please join us on Wednesday, November 29th in WCI conference room from 4-5pm for a pizza party & writing workshop. We will be joined by writing contest winners & finalists.

All WCI students are welcome.

Click on the flyer for RSVP instructions and more information.

 
 
Writing & Critical Inquiry Program presents Celebration of Student Writing in the Campus Center  Assembly Hall on December 6, from 3-5pm. 

Please RSVP with Kim Nava at knava@albany.edu by November 29th. Winners, finalists, and honorable mentions from the Fall, 2017 WCI Writing Contest will be recognized for their wonderful achievements. For more details, click on the pamphlet.


 



 

On November 2 at 3:30pm, Dr. Rae Muhlstock will offer a lecture and workshop at the Nano College about writing personal statements for graduate school applications.

Moriah Hampton's story, "Prime View," recently appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review. http://www.hamiltonstone.org/hsr37.html

Amanda Giracca, Bethany Aery Clerico, Sarah Giragosian, Marcie Newton, and Peter Monaco recently presented "The Value of Student Writing: Re-Conceiving the Writing Contest as Collaborative Inquiry Among Faculty and Students in a First-Year Writing Program" at the 2017 SUNY Council on Writing Conference in Syracuse.

Peter Monaco will give a paper at the Mid-West Modern Language Association Conference in Cincinnati, OH this November titled "Youth Against Fascism: Image, Immanence, and Activism in Contemporary Comics."

Lisa Arrastia co-chaired "New Narrators" panel at the 2017 NonFictioNOW conference in Reykjavik, Iceland.


Queer Fish,
a book of poetry by Sarah Giragosian, has just recently been released by Dream Horse Press. Sarah's book is the recipient of the American Poetry Journal Book prize. 

New edition of Robert Yagelski's textbook published as of November: Writing: Ten Core Concepts, 2nd ed. Boston: Cengage, 2018.

Robert Yagelski took part in conducting workshop on plagiarism and delivered paper on "writing as a means to well-being" at CCCCs conference in March, 2017.

“Cultivating Strategic Action in Teaching Against Plagiarism: Using Plagiarism as Educational Opportunity.” With Gerald Nelms, Carole Papper, Valerie Jacobs, and Scott Leonard. Workshop conducted at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR; March 18, 2017.

“Writing About More Than Writing: Teaching Academic Writing as a Means to Well-Being.” Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR; March 16, 2017.



 
This summer Rae Muhlstock will be a keynote speaker at the "Cyborg Humanities" symposium sponsored by the Classics and Ancient History Department at the University of Bristol, UK. She has been asked to speak and write about British author and artist Michael Ayrton's use of the Classical cyborg figure Talos, whom Ayrton hybridizes with another Classical figure, Perdix, in his novel The Maze Maker (Bantam Books 1965). Through this contemporary act of hybridity Ayrton raises questions not just about each figure as an individual and as an amalgam, but he raises questions, as well, about bringing disciplines like literature, narrative theory, and fine arts into our modern understandings of the Classics.
 

 
Titcha Ho will be presenting a paper titled, " "A- isn’t an Asian F”: Using Peer Review to Help L2 Students See Beyond the Test in the L2 Composition Classroom” at The 16th Symposium on Second Language Writing at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2017.


Joe Creamer works with Rebekah Tolley to host Campus Equity event on October 31, in the Fine Arts building, room 223.

There will be art displayed, readings, and performances by contingent faculty from the University at Albany. The reception will be from 4-7pm.

 

WCI students from Titcha Ho's class break down how gaming can make you smarter


Former WCI student Mumen Bishawi gives his speech at the Fall, 2016 Emerging Leaders Celebration.