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The Composition Program at the University of Oregon teaches lower- and upper-division writing to over 7000 students per year across over 100 classrooms per term. Our foundational 100-level writing courses are required of all UO students, taught by award-winning teachers comprised of both graduate employees (GEs) who have completed an intensive year-long training and experienced instructors from writing-related fields. We produce our own single-topic course readers  and convene an annual conference to keep our new and experienced teachers updated in the field of Composition. Watch our teachers explain some of the key concepts of our courses, and read about some of the best papers to come out of our Composition classrooms.

Senior Writing Instructor Mike Copperman a Finalist for the Oregon Book Award

 Senior Writing Instructor, Mike Copperman, is a finalist for the 2018 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction.

With the hardcover edition already sold out and a paperback version on its way in March, the success of Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta is already established. Yet becoming a finalist for this prestigious award recognizes the importance of Mike’s memoir and the experiences it relates about working as a fourth-grade teacher in rural Mississippi.

School superintendents, educators, and writers around the country praise the book‘s candid descriptions of


“Writing the writing course”: Online Courses Make the Writing Requirement More Accessible

Winter term 2018 marks a new era in the UO Composition Department: Online writing courses. Composition instructors Kara Clevinger and Nick Recktenwald are currently piloting the first online writing courses at UO for second-level writing requirements, including WR122 and WR123. Online writing courses offer students from a wide array of backgrounds more accessible options for fulfilling their general education requirements. This ensures students can successfully meet their educational goals and graduate on time.

Enhancing accessibility

The online writing classes lift scheduling or travel