New Horizons • Volume 7 • Number 1 • April 2013
The Institute Writing Program
he Institute Writing Program seeks to equip cadets for both academic success and
participation in the full range of rhetorical occasions they will encounter in their lives
as citizens and professionals. The program links three important components of the
VMI curriculum: a rigorous general education sequence in first-year composition (WR 101 and
102); a thriving Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, which requires cadets to complete
two additional “writing-intensive” courses prior to graduation; and an interdisciplinary minor
in writing for those who wish to pursue advanced training in technical, professional, or creative
Cadets’ study in the writing curriculum is supported by professional and cadet consultants in the
VMI Writing Center, who work individually with cadets at any stage of a writing project. The
Institute Writing Program also showcases writing by cadets by sponsoring annually a writing
contest, as well as the publication of two journals,
The Sounding Brass
, which features creative
works—poetry, fiction, art, and photography—by cadets, and
New Horizons: VMI Journal of
Undergraduate Writing
, which highlights the full range of academic writing done by cadets
across disciplines.
In addition, the Institute Writing Program features local workshops, a nationally regarded
symposium for professors of rhetoric and composition, and presentations on Post each year
featuring writers in all genres.
: COLChristina R. McDonald, Institute Director of Writing, 232 Scott Shipp Hall, Virginia
Military Institute.
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