Communication is powerful, personal, public, mediated, and never neutral. Writing is, of course, a powerful means of communication. English 298 is a small, five-credit writing class linked to COM 220. Communication allows us to co-construct our social world. When we understand how communication shapes our own lives in ways that matter, we enrich our learning community and amplify our ability to take actions that are meaningful as citizens of the world. In English 298, students will practice applying the values of accuracy, fairness, ethical decision-making, and engaging storytelling. They will sort verifiable facts from disinformation, misinformation, and opinion. Students will write about issues they actually care about, often selecting their own topics. We will work in an environment that fosters inclusion, motivation, participation, interest in each other, and collaboration. The class will increase students’ skill and confidence when they read, research, plan, revise and present written works.