Developmental Writing

  • Do you confuse their, there and they’re?
  • Do you struggle with fragments, run-ons and comma splices?
  • Do your subjects, verbs and pronouns disagree?
  • Do you have trouble organizing and developing your ideas?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then there is a developmental writing course for you.

What can I expect in a developmental writing course?
You will learn how to express yourself as a writer. Faculty members combine lectures, worksheets, reading assignments, group activities, peer editing and presentations to help you improve your writing skills. Since all developmental writing courses are taught in a classroom with computers, you will have lots of hands-on time to write a variety of assignments, from creative paragraphs to persuasive essays. The relatively small class sizes help create a caring community of writers who are comfortable sharing their work with others.


How will a developmental writing course help me?
The goal of each developmental writing course is to help you improve your writing skills so that you can be successful in other courses, including English 1301. Our courses let you use technology, including computers, lab settings, and online classes, to assist you in increasing your writing proficiency.

Do I have to take all three developmental writing courses?
While some students elect to take developmental writing courses on their own, most students are placed into one of the three courses based on their TSI Assessment scores. Depending upon initial placement, students complete one, two or all three courses of developmental writing.

What happens after I have completed DWRI 0093?
DWRI 0093 students who have completed the course with a grade of "C" or better have met the requirements of remediation in writing. However, to meet TSI writing requirements and to be eligible to take English 1301, you must meet both reading and writing requirements and retest on a TSI-approved test, if required.

Do I receive college credit for taking a developmental writing course?
While developmental writing courses carry institutional credit, this credit does not count toward a degree or for transfer. However, the courses do count toward status as a full-time student for financial aid purposes.