Armstrong Atlantic State University
University Writing Committee
University Writing Competition 2012
Celebrating the Written Word Across Campus
Students should submit papers/projects to one of the following categories:
Persuasive writing refers to any writing which seeks to convince the reader of an
opinion. The writer's argument should be supported by an appeal to credibility
(ethos), emotions (pathos), and/or logic (logos). Submissions to this category
might include (but are not limited to) speech, essay, or poetry.
Expository writing “exposes” a topic through careful explanation, description, and
analysis. It may provide information about a topic using a variety of approaches,
such as narration, definition, classification, description, and process analysis. An
examination of cause and effect sequences and comparison/contrast
relationships would also qualify as expository writing. Beside "traditional"
essays, work such as case studies or lab reports can qualify as expository
writing. For the purposes of the University Writing Contest papers that are
largely persuasive or research based should be submitted to those respective
A research paper poses a thesis or question and then seeks to support it with
primary evidence or original data. It does not simply muster secondary sources
on a particular topic. Literature reviews, theoretical papers, and case studies
belong to the category of expository writing.
Creative writing is writing that expresses the writer's thoughts and feelings in an
imaginative, often unique, and poetic way. Creative Writing may include
personal narratives, memoirs, short stories,
one-act plays, poetry, and lyrics.
Multimedia writing explains a topic through integration, interactivity, immersion,
hypermedia, and narrativity. While it may provide an innovative approach to
journalism, it is not limited to newspapers and journals but has converged with
television, the internet, and radio.