Each year, the Writing Program recognizes the best essay written for WRI 1000 with the Rauer Writing Award. The Rauer Award is named for Ruthanna Rauer, Dr. Moe's sixth grade teacher. Every exam Mrs. Rauer gave was an essay exam. She believed students must write in order to learn, whatever the subject matter. That same thinking is the foundation of The Writing Program at Seattle Pacific University, and the Rauer Award celebrates the students doing this writing, the teachers teaching them to do it, and the teachers who taught those teachers.
The Rauer Award Ceremony includes the annual "How I Learned to Write" keynote address. In the address, a member of the SPU faculty reflects on their life as a writer, key moments in their education, key figures and teachers along the way, and important lessons learned about writing and about life.
Winners of the Rauer Award
2018, First Place: Marissa Lordahl, for her essay "He Did, She Did: An Examination of Reparations," written for Dr. Traynor Hansen's winter 2018 section of WRI 1000
2018, Honorable Mention: Lydia Helt, for her essay "Ignorance: Bliss or Blindness: A Response to the Effects of Knowledge as Discussed in Materialism: A Fable by Alfred Döblin," written for Dr. Mischa Willett's fall 2017 section of WRI 1000
"How I Learned to Write" Speakers
2018, Dr. Eric Long, Professor of Biology