Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric

Meet the Faculty

Daniel M. Gross, Emily Brauer Rogers and Bradely Queen

Daniel M. Gross is Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition at the University of California, Irvine – a program that serves over 8,000 students annually, and has offered fully online writing courses since Summer 2009. He has published and taught widely in the history and theory of rhetoric, specializing in the rhetoric of emotion. Relevant publications include The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle’s Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science (Chicago 2006) and a co-edited volume Heidegger and Rhetoric (SUNY 2005), as well as articles in the field of writing studies. He has been teaching writing and rhetoric courses since 1991, his first year as a graduate student in the Rhetoric PhD program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Emily Brauer Rogers (Continuing Lecturer, English, UC Irvine) is currently the Director of Summer Composition at UC Irvine where she oversees 65 Writing courses with the majority being online. She has played an integral part in developing UCI’s 39A courses. She was one of the designers of the original online curriculum for 39A and has taught the course for six quarters online. She helped pilot the Canvas LMS for UCI's Composition Program and was instrumental in transitioning to the new LMS. She has continued to work with the 39A course as well as help administer 39B and 39C courses.

Brad Queen holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and has taught and administered in Composition and Rhetoric for over a decade. His research interests include various topics in writing and literacy studies: class sizes for multilingual composition sections, assessment theory, genre, portfolio pedagogies, and theories of student agency. He teaches graduate seminars focusing on pedagogy, and undergraduate composition seminars whose themes engage the broad field of free speech and expression. For the 2015-2016 Academic Year, he will serve as Vice-Chair to the University Committee on Preparatory Education (UCOPE), a UC systemwide body that oversees the Analytical Writing Placement Exam, which is taken by approximately 15,000 students annually.

Created by Professors Daniel M. Gross, Emily Brauer Rogers and Bradely Queen at UC Irvine

Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric

WR 39A


UC Irvine, WR 39A
4 quarter units/2.67 semester units

Deals with the writing of expository essays, principles of rhetoric, paragraph development, and the fundamentals of sentence-level mechanics. Frequent papers, some exercises.

Students in the Intro to Writing & Rhetoric course will develop their writing through language-intensive exercises, participation in community based writing in blogs and forums, and completion of a writing portfolio. Students will also have the opportunity to experiment with various writing forms ranging from the personal narrative, to a thesis-driven essay project. Intro to Writing & Rhetoric is a fun class where you should enjoy writing, reading, and getting to know your fellow students and instructor. At the same time this class rigorously prepares you for subsequent writing-intensive college courses. Request more information about Intro to Writing and Rhetoric today, and start sharpening your writing skills for college success!

Important dates: 

Registration opens: May 22, 2017  
Registration ends: Sep 27, 2017
First day of instruction: Sep 28, 2017
Last day of instruction: Dec 8, 2017


Please click here to download a syllabus for this course.

Additional course fees: 

$45 for course textbooks

Online proctoring by ProctorU: Costs vary; average cost is between $20 and $60 per course.

You may enroll in this course if you 1) have received a non-passing grade on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE), and 2) did not receive an “E” designation on the exam. Or if you received an “E” designation on the AWPE, and you have completed the relevant coursework, you may take this course.

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