First-Year Composition

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2019 award-winning FYC instructors Minadora Macheret and Justin Cook.
2019 award-winning FYC instructors Minadora and Justin Cook.

About the Program

The First-Year Composition (FYC) Program at Texas Woman’s University is a unit within the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages (ESFL). The program offers a sequence of two courses required by the Texas Common Core: ENG 1013 (Composition I) and ENG 1023 (Composition II). These classes function as a continuum of writing development for TWU students, with a high value placed on sequential coherence and collaboration among students and instructors. Specially-tailored supplemental instruction workshops led by expert writing center tutors also facilitate students’ learning outside the classroom.

In addition to its core courses, FYC at TWU sponsors professional development for instructors; produces an anthology of award-winning student writing; conducts, presents on and publishes program research; offers annual teaching awards; partners with the Center for Faculty Excellence to promote best practices for writing pedagogy; and collaborates with ESFL to utilize, study and staff the Digital Composition Lab.

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments, please email Jacquelyn Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D., at

Infographic about benefits of First-Year Composition participation

First-Year Composition by the Numbers: All numbers provided by FYC program data and TWU Factbook. 43% of TWU first-year students were enrolled in an FYC course in Fall 2020. 98 sections of FYC courses were offered in Academic Year 2020-2021. 29 FYC instructors worked with TWU first-year students in Fall 2020. Learn by doing: Critical thinking, problem-solving and effective writing. First-Year Comp resources include the Digital Composition Lab (CFO 104), Instructor Office Hours (CFO 127/128) and the Write Site (BHL 235).

Page last updated 5:08 PM, February 25, 2021