Volume 1, Issue 2 (2017)

We are so pleased to share the second issue of WRIT: GSW Journal of First-Year Writing. Much like the inaugural issue, the writing in this second issue exemplifies the hard work and continued effort of General Studies Writing students, representing multiple sections of GSW 1110 and GSW 1120. We see this journal as a celebration of writing in our GSW community, and we envision current and future GSW students reading and learning from the wonderful work we celebrate here.

As we have no doubt you will see reflected in this issue, we work in a richly talented, creative, and engaged community of writers. Authors in this issue explore topics from personal literacy narratives, to analyses of various discourse communities, to researched essays and video autoethnography projects. Each writer demonstrates curiosity and passion for their topic, displaying a genuine desire to know more about the communities in which we live and work. We are delighted and proud to share their writing in WRIT.

As we write this letter we have received more than 130 submissions to WRIT, with more coming in daily. Though we were not able to accept every submission we received for this issue, we want to thank all of the GSW students who have submitted their writing. Moving forward, we continue to welcome submissions from all GSW courses, and we are especially interested in publishing the excellent writing coming from GSW 1100.

Finally, a sincere note of thanks to the instructors who have encouraged students to share their work with the GSW community. We could not have imagined such a positive response after publishing the first issue, and we look forward to more installments to come.

Happy reading,

Kelly Moreland and Lee Nickoson, eds.



Engagement Habit of Mind
Caityn Grismere


Writing and Reading
Madison Renee Peters Ms