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The writing-intensive courses at Temple are designed to teach you about the kinds of writing that are used and valued by members of your academic field, and to help you prepare for the kinds of writing you’ll do after graduation. Different academic disciplines (and the professions associated with them) have markedly different ideas about what comprises good writing, from the forms that texts take, to the nature of arguments and originality, to the length of sentences, to methods of quoting and citing.

The defining feature of a w-course is not the amount of writing you will do, but the amount of instruction you will receive. The writing instruction is usually embedded in a back-and-forth process in which you write a draft of something; get feedback from your instructor; and then revise your draft based on that feedback.