e-Vision, sponsored by The Writing Program at James Madison University, is a showcase for excellent essays produced by students in JMU's first year writing courses, GWRIT 101 and GWRIT 102.
Both courses are entitled "Reading and Composition" though there are differences in the types of essays written in each. Students in GWRIT 101 write more general essays, ones in which they learn to flex their voices, style, and growing skill in argumentation. Students taking GWRIT 102 write essays that forward an argument and use research to help support the stand taken. In both cases, students are learning to join in with the discourse of the university, to think and write analytically, to question. In so doing, these writers are also learning to refine their own vision (often, through mind-boggling "(r)e-vision.) of the world in which they will increasingly engage.
e-Vision is, first, a forum to honor the work of all of the students who take part in The Writing Program's introductory courses. Our hope is that e-Vision will also be used for in-class discussion and as a helpful source for example essays of the highest quality for use by both instructors and students.
In its inaugural year,
e-Vision will be produced by both students and members of
The Writing Program faculty. A student editorial board, with nominal guidance
from The Writing Program faculty, will, however, choose all essays to
be published in this first issue.