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The Expository Writing Program offers an array of writing courses: 109/110, 111, 121, 131, and 281.


All 100-level writing courses in the Expository Writing Program are designed around and help students meet a shared set of outcomes. These outcomes are intended to prepare students for writing in a variety of academic contexts.


More than 4,000 students each year take one of our courses, each of which satisfies the University's "C" course or composition requirement.


EWP courses are taught exclusively by Teaching Assistants in the English Department and faculty in the graduate program track in Language and Rhetoric. All instructors in the program have taken graduate course work in rhetoric and composition, as well as participated in two weeks of intensive orientation. There are no adjuncts teaching in any position in the Expository Writing Program.



Professor Candice Rai assumed the role of Director of Expository Writing at the University of Washington in Fall 2014. At UW, her teaching, research, and service orient toward an interest in connecting with and contributing to public life and local communities—in the form of public scholarship and engagement, community-based writing pedagogies, and the broader study of public formations, discourse, policies, and collective action in traditional research projects. Broadly conceived, her work examines how rhetoric (language, symbols, performances, gestures) and textual artifacts (including written, visual, and multimodal genres) emerge from and shape everyday social, political, and material conditions, contexts, and experiences and explores how people use rhetoric to get things done and how we might best teach others to produce consequential texts and to effectively (and ethically) communicate across and within complex and diverse academic and public situations.

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