Composition Program

students writing

UMKC’s Composition Program is committed to helping students develop a repertoire of writing abilities that will help them succeed at the University and beyond. 

All UMKC writing teachers place students’ writing at the center of their courses. Students can expect to engage fully in composing processes: prewriting, drafting, revising, giving and receiving feedback, and editing. Through such activities, students can learn to write their readings of the world. Advanced courses in Writing include:

  • English 301WI: Writing in the Academy
  • English 304WI: Writing & Technology
  • English 305WI: Theories and Practices of Composition
  • English 307WI: Writing in Cultural Contexts
  • English 342WI: Women & Rhetoric

In addition, many departments on campus offer WI courses designed to help students understand and master the specific conventions of writing within various disciplines. Consult the undergraduate catalog for a complete list of WI courses or the schedule of classes for current offerings.

Students who have difficulty passing the RooWriter can enroll in the three-credit-hour course, English 299: Form & Structure of Writing, for additional assistance with their writing. Students who earn a "C" or better in English 299 can then enroll in any WI course.

Writing programs and resources

High School / College Program

Writing Intensive Guidelines (PDF)


Writing Studio



Director of Composition

Dan Mahala
Cockefair Hall 013